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

Flood Protection and Above the Shoulders PPE

Flooding. It seems to be a more regular occurrence. But does the meteorological record back that up? Each of the 1982, 1993, and 2015–16 floods resulted in eight peaks of record among the selected stations included in this study, whereas the 2017 flood resulted in 21 peaks of record. By the numbers, drought ($236.6 billion, CPI-adjusted), severe storms ($206.1 billion,

International Women's Day: Embracing Authenticity

Nicole (Nikki) Vars McCullough is the Global Application Engineering and Regulatory Affairs Manager for 3M’s Personal Safety Division. She has worked in occupational health and safety for over 25 years. Nikki has a masters and doctorate in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota, USA and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). Here she shares her views on

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

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