OSHA Offers Answers on Silica Standard FAQs

Most any general contractor could have told the public health researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell what their recent air samples showed. Protecting workers and bystanders from respirable silica during chipping and crushing activities is not easy, even when dust-control measures are in place. The air samples found that workers involved in chipping and… Read more »

Cannabis Workers Need Formal Safety Training: Study

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There’s a looming need to establish formal health and safety training programs for workers in the rapidly growing cannabis industry. That’s the conclusion of a survey of cannabis workers who told Colorado State University occupational health researchers that they received inconsistent training, despite their likely exposure to biological, chemical and physical hazards. The study, its… Read more »

OSHA’s New Injury Reporting Deadline is Dec. 15

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It’s been years in the making and has no shortage of critics, but OSHA’s new workplace injury and illness recordkeeping rule finally goes into effect Dec. 15. Under the rule, companies with 250 or more employees – as well as those with more than 20 employees in certain high-risk industries such as construction and manufacturing… Read more »

Construction Leads U.S. Industries in Struck-By Accidents, Deaths

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The headlines say it all: “Worker killed by steamroller,” “Worker hit and killed on Highway 9,” “Worker hit, killed in construction zone.” Highway maintenance workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the construction field, as do power-line installers and excavators. So says a new study that examines the role of “struck-by” hazards in… Read more »

The Often-Treacherous Business of Tree-Trimming

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It happened again. An arborist was electrocuted and killed while trimming a tree in the backyard of a home in Littleton in mid-June. It was mid-morning and the man was 30 feet up in an ash tree when it happened. There was a power line that ran perpendicular to the tree and the worker may… Read more »