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After this year’s hot summer, winter 2017-2018 will be a cold one, bringing up the question of how to prepare for what is expected to be the “year of the snowstorm.” The change in season will bring new hazards on the jobsite and in the office that employers need to be thinking of right now. Here are five areas contractors need to comply with to avoid any accidents or breaching fees.

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Jobsite SafetyMore Like This

During a recent jobsite visit to check on his electricians, Glenn Taverna, regional safety manager of Starr Electric Company, Inc., was haunted by what he saw. Hoisted from a crane directly outside of the executive trailer was a crash test dummy in a safety harness. In its hands was a sign that read: “Two days ago this harness saved a life on this jobsite.”

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Construction has never moved at the same technological pace as other industries. The nature of the business is that conditions change from job to job, and even construction of “cookie-cutter” restaurants and hotels present different geographic, regulatory and labor challenges. Therefore, it’s no surprise that when a tool or system works—outdated though it may be—there’s hesitation when it comes to changing it on the mere promise of a better deal. As the old saying goes, if it’s not broken, why fix it?

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Courtesy of 3M Respiratory Protection

When a worker is exposed to airborne hazards on the job, adverse health effects may return home with them. Respiratory protection is more than just an onsite precaution. It’s a preventative step workers and employers must take to protect and preserve a person’s health today. On jobsites where airborne hazards such as dust, fumes, mists or vapors are or may be present, a worker’s respiratory health must be considered.

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Contractors have placed increasing importance on developing a world-class safety culture in their organizations for their jobsite crews. According to a 2016 Dodge Data & Analytics SmartMarket Report, 85 percent of the survey respondents felt jobsite worker involvement is essential to a building a high class safety program—up nearly 20 percentage points from the 2012 survey.”¹ Providing these workers with the tools and training they need to report on incidents in a timely and accurate manner is crucial to maintaining a culture of safety. Continue »

SafetyMore Like This

In the midst of his 17-year career with Houston-based D.E. Harvey Builders, Inc., Scott Oliver left the comfort of his job as a superintendent to take on a safety role. The firm had landed a 30-story Anadarko building, and part of the contract required a full-time safety coordinator to be onsite. Oliver’s previous experience working within a highly regulated chemical plant thrust him to the top of the list of employees well-suited to take on the position.

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