Residential Fall Protection-Constructing and Standing Walls

Residential Fall Protection – Constructing and Standing Walls

OSHA published a notice in 2010 issuing a new compliance directive for fall protection used during residential construction. This new directive requires that all workers/employees must be protected from a fall over 6 feet by conventional fall protection: GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS, SAFETY NETS AND/OR PERSONAL FALL ARREST SYSTEMS. There are many tasks during residential construction where fall protection will be required.  This tool box talk will focus on constructing and standing walls.

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Residential Fall Protection-Setting Joists/Trusses

Residential Fall Protection-Setting Joists/Trusses

OSHA published a notice in 2010 issuing a new compliance directive for fall protection used during residential construction. This new directive requires that all workers/employees must be protected from a fall over 6 feet by conventional fall protection:  GUARDRAIL SYSTEMS, SAFETY NETS AND/OR PERSONAL FALL ARREST SYSTEMS. There are many tasks during residential construction where fall protection will be required.  This tool box talk will focus on setting floor joists/trusses.

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Drugs and the workplace just don't mix.

Substance Abuse

According to a recent article in The New York Times, drug overdose deaths are resurging in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, studies showed there was an increase of 5% in overdoses from 2018. This number has risen to 13% so far this year and if the trend continues, it will be the sharpest increase since 2016.

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Conducting a Scaffold Inspection

Conducting a Scaffold Inspection

Scaffolding is a temporary, elevated work platform. Because it is temporary and field erected; it is subject to wear and abuse, improper assembly, and unauthorized changes. Construction standards require that a “competent person” inspect scaffolds for defects before every work shift.

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Employee Responsibility

With OSHA Safe + Sound Week coming to a close we wanted to come full circle and remind employees of their workplace responsibility. In our last post, we explained how Safe + Sound Week is a week to recognize safety successes and to stress the importance of having a safety program in the workplace. So today we will dig into how this affects employees and the responsibility they hold in creating a safe work environment.

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Scaffolding Safety

Basic Scaffolding Rules

It’s a terrible thing to realize that hardly a workday goes by without a worker falling off a scaffold to his death. And those who survive scaffold falls are often crippled for the remainder of their lives.

These tragedies are sometimes caused by faulty design or poor construction. But in most cases the basic cause is poor maintenance or improper use — something that you can do something about.

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Masks in the Workplace

Many sites are currently requiring face coverings to be worn or are highly recommending them with social distancing rules in place. However, it has become difficult lately to attain the N95 masks that we are accustomed to wearing when working on site. This is why Construction Dive has recently posted an article analyzing which face coverings are best for preventing the spread of COVID-19 at the jobsite.

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Workplace Electrical Safety

Electrical safety in the workplace deserves daily attention.

Electrocutions occurring between 1982 and 1994 were studied by the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) in 1998. The NIOSH researchers, Kisner & Casini, analyzed 224 electrocutions which resulted in 244 workplace fatalities. These fatalities accounted for approximately 7% of all workplace deaths. The information they learned provides valuable lessons for everyone that works with or around electricity:

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