Are Smartphones Smart to Use on a Job Site?

Communication is critical on construction sites. Whether for coordinating movement of materials or issuing warnings, it is important that workers be able to clearly communicate with each other. Audio devices (e.g. radios, cell phones) can help increase the speed and fidelity of communication between workers. While radios provide good voice communications between workers, there are some potential inherent problems: Half-duplex

Falling Objects: Protecting Your Workplace From Falling Tools

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 42,400 “struck by falling object” OSHA recordable incidents every year in the United States. By our estimate, that’s nearly 116 injuries caused by falling objects every day or one injury caused by a dropped object every 10 minutes. And this only accounts for OSHA recordable incidents; it does not

OSHA Top Ten Violations: Are You on the List?

Every year OSHA puts out their top ten list of violations that they have issued. For 2018, the list includes: Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 7,270 violations Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,552 Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,336 Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,118 Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,944 Ladders (1926.1053): 2,812 Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,294 Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,982 Machine Guarding (1910.212):

Life on the Line: The Challenges and Rewards of a Lineworker Career

The Rich History of the Linework Industry Linework became widespread in the 1840s because of the use of the telegraph. The term 'lineman' was used for lineworkers who set wooden poles into the ground and strung the wire. In fact, that’s still what happens today to power the US electric grid. This is dangerous, technical work where safety is paramount

Keeping the Chill Out: Advice for Preventing Cold Stress

Baby, it’s cold outside. But for anyone who works outside or in a cold environment, this is no joke. You may be at risk for cold stress. This includes outdoor jobs involving construction or agriculture as well as indoor jobs that involve things like cold storage. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not have a specific standard that covers

Connect with 3M at the 2019 World of Concrete

The OSHA Silica standard has been in effect since September of 2017—learn more about it at 3M's booth at World of Concrete. The standard is detailed, and you may still need to make adjustments to your company’s safety plan as well as update your personal protective equipment inventory. Do you still need help accomplishing these tasks? Since 1975 World of

Exiting Safely: Preparing for Confined Space Rescue/Retrievals

Incidents that prevent workers from self-rescue can occur in confined spaces due to ill-conceived attempts to rescue and retrieve others, but planning for a rescue can help prevent tragic results. Proper rescue and retrieval plans often are not created for confined spaces, as is demonstrated by the over 100 deaths that occur annually inside confined spaces in the United States

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