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.
There is a costly danger lurking at jobsites; a threat that isn’t easily seen until it is too late—musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). Construction managers, foremen and safety specialists who enact preventative ergonomic measures on the jobsite will not only improve safety, they will also reduce potential injuries for workers—and ultimately save a business from sinking in the red.
While there are guidelines and requirements in place to help prevent electrical accidents, there is still a lot of room for error and oversight during the course of a busy workday. According to OSHA data, 30,000 arcs and 7,000 burn injuries occur per year, and more than 2,000 people are admitted to the hospital with severe arc flash burns annually.
It’s hard to go to a construction tradeshow or read an analyst report without hearing about a new drone company or how drones are going to eventually impact construction. Today, advanced drone hardware is available at low prices, and U.S. regulation has enabled commercial drone use to be easy for companies and service providers to adopt. Most importantly, companies have built custom software solutions to suit the exact needs of construction companies.
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 Therefore, it’s no surprise that when a tool or system works—outdated though it may be—there’s hesitation when it comes to changing it on the mere promise of a better deal.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?
Keep Employees Safe During Cold Weather Construction Contractors Must Take Precautions to Keep Employees Healthy During the Winter
When winter comes, many jobsites stay active; but working in the cold poses many more safety hazards than warmer temperatures. There are plenty of ways to minimize hazards and maximize efficiency when the temperatures drop. Construction business owners must prepare their workforce to keep them safe during the winter.
OSHA to Increase Crane and Derrick Operator Requirements Construction Contractors Must Prepare and Train Employees Now on Safe Equipment Operation
This time next year, OSHA’s new certification requirements for crane operators goes into effect. The new requirements revise the current Cranes and Derricks Standard to detail work practices and qualifications necessary for employees to safely use cranes and derricks, according to OSHA.
Five Guidelines for an Effective Wellness Plan Tips for Construction Companies to Keep Employees Healthy and Productive
While construction owners and suppliers face many strategic decisions to lead a growing business, one to keep top of mind is the health and wellness of their people. The construction industry demands a skilled workforce with high mental and physical engagement. Making an investment in a wellness plan for employees can contribute to good health on and off the job, increase productivity and reduce common jobsite errors that may lead to injury.
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.
When a job involves working on energized power lines, there is no room for error—one safety incident could be deadly. Coutts Bros., a Maine-based utility contractor, understands the potential fatal consequences and created a culture of safety to minimize that risk.
A few insider tips used by workers’ compensation cost control consultants can help employers cut the cost of their insurance. Following are proven methods to reduce the cost of this vital insurance to the absolute minimum.