Keeping Flaggers Safe on the Job

When it comes to road construction, flaggers play an important role in keeping workers and citizens safe from CONSTRUCTION vehicles, obstructed views and many other hazards. If flaggers are not able to do their job correctly, however, everyone is in danger.

One of the best ways for flaggers to remain safe is to make sure that they are always wearing the proper clothing. Flaggers need to be highly visible to oncoming traffic and other members of their construction team.

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The Dangers Associated with Sand Blasting

Sand blasting is a technique used to clean a surface of dirt, paint and other substances. Using compressed air or water to deliver a high-velocity stream to the target surface, sand blasting is one of the most efficient cleaning processes used in CONSTRUCTION. While this technique is effective at clearing a surface, it also presents a variety of hazards to employees if proper safety procedures are not followed.

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The Effect of Age on Construction Workers

The average age of construction workers in the United States is 40 years old, and this number has been on a steady rise. This raises the question: How old is too old to work in construction? There is no clear-cut answer.

Nearly half of construction workers are baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), so there are plenty of construction workers pushing 70 years old. The law requires that construction workers be at least 16 years old, so there is tremendous range in terms of the age of construction workers.

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More to Emergency Exits Than Meet the Eye

Everyone has seen an emergency exit sign before. They’re so commonplace that when people look up and see the green- or red-colored EXIT they don’t even think twice. Nevertheless, emergency exits are key in making safe evacuations of buildings as efficient as possible. Shouldering such a heavy burden, there is much more policy and many more regulations surrounding emergency exits then one might suspect.

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How to Guard Against Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is a prevalent but preventable problem that can result in anything from money lost to litigation to the injury or death of an employee. Both of these outcomes are undesirable, so it’s essential that employers take the necessary steps to understand what workplace violence is and how to stop it from occurring.

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Construction Sites No Place for Horseplay or Practical Jokes

Many times what makes us enjoy where we work is the people we work with. The camaraderie with our co-workers can have a huge impact on whether or not we like our jobs.

While office workers may engage in good-natured ribbing and even pranks, construction workers are not afforded such luxuries. And while hurt feelings may arise when you mess with a co-worker in a traditional office setting, on a construction site the results can be much harsher—even deadly.

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The Obesity Epidemic and the Construction Industry

Various organizations, as high-profile as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have stated that America has an obesity epidemic. And this epidemic has affected the construction industry, as 43 percent of workers in construction are overweight, compared to only 35 percent of workers in all other industries. The amount of construction workers suffering fatal injuries on the job has increased. And while some of these deaths are the result of freak accidents, this rise can also be attributed to the increased number of overweight workers in construction.

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How Roofers Can Avoid the Summertime Blues

As a matter of course, roofers work outside, exposed to the elements. And these elements aren’t always very friendly, particularly in the summers. Roofers are often subjected to being beat down by the sun, with little or no natural shade to keep them cool. When working long hours, this ceases to become an annoyance and becomes dangerous. So it’s vital that roofers take steps to prevent themselves from overheating while on the job.

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Whole-Body Vibration Injuries and Illnesses

While the number of injuries or illnesses caused to workers as a result of whole-body vibrations may be low in comparison to other occupational hazards, this doesn’t mean they should be ignored. Further, it is very likely that the number of injuries or illnesses caused by whole-body vibrations may be under reported.

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Larger Fines Approved for Violations to the Occupational Safety and Health Act

Preventing injuries, accidents and loss of life should always be the number one priority of companies. Beginning August 1, it will be more costly for companies if it isn’t.

For the first time since 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will increase the civil penalty amounts provided for violations to the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

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