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8 Steps to Keep Workers Safe in the Heat

Filed in Español, Safety By on May 26, 2016 1 Comment
8 Steps to Keep Workers Safe in the Heat

Forecasters are calling for above-average temperatures across much of the country this summer. Are you prepared to beat the heat? Every year, thousands of workers become ill from working in the heat, and some even die. Construction workers make up about one-third of heat-related worker deaths, but outdoor workers in every industry – particularly agriculture, […]

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Cutting Corners in Construction Costs Lives

Filed in Safety By and on May 24, 2016 0 Comments
Cutting Corners in Construction Costs Lives

In the construction industry, precision matters – corners need to be square, lines have to be level and plans must be followed. Following the rules keeps buildings and people safe. But when construction companies cut corners, workers often pay the price. That is exactly what happened in Jacksonville, Florida, in December 2007. A construction company […]

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Don’t Fear the Injury Data

Filed in DOL, Safety By on May 11, 2016 10 Comments
Don’t Fear the Injury Data

For 45 years, the Department of Labor has required employers to record the injuries and illnesses that workers suffer in their workplaces. But a new rule from the department is generating controversy because it requires employers to electronically submit some of that data to OSHA, with the intention that it will be made public. Well, […]

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Transparent Data Will Make Workplaces Safer. Here’s How.

Filed in Data, Español, Safety By on May 11, 2016 17 Comments
Transparent Data Will Make Workplaces Safer. Here’s How.

Each day, millions of Americans leave their homes and report to jobs that provide for their families, strengthen our communities and grow our economy. Prospective employees have the right to know the full scope of the safety records of an industry before entering the workforce, and all workers have the right to speak up when […]

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Let’s Get to Zero

Filed in Safety By on May 10, 2016 5 Comments
Let’s Get to Zero

For us at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the loss of one workers’ life is one too many. Workplace tragedies are devastating for the families and friends left behind. Their effects are long-term and far-reaching in our communities. On Workers’ Memorial Day, we were reminded that every day, 13 American workers don’t make it […]

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Standing Down to Prevent Tragedy in the Workplace

Filed in Safety By on May 5, 2016 3 Comments
Standing Down to Prevent Tragedy in the Workplace

On Tuesday, I had the honor of standing with over 1,900 men and women and their employers at the MGM casino construction project near National Harbor to raise awareness of fall hazards at worksites. We joined the millions of workers across the nation that are taking some time away from their jobs this week to […]

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ARMA and the 2016 Safety Stand-Down: Inspiring a Digital Conversation

Filed in Safety By on May 3, 2016 1 Comment
ARMA and the 2016 Safety Stand-Down: Inspiring a Digital Conversation

This year, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association  is honored to be supporting OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down for the first time. Our goal is to help promote this worthy cause through our network of homeowners, building owners and roofing professionals. By leveraging our social media connections, including our LinkedIn audience and our member companies’ social media […]

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Remembering the Past, Fighting for the Future

Filed in DOL, Safety By on April 27, 2016 1 Comment
Remembering the Past, Fighting for the Future

April 28 is Workers’ Memorial Day, a day set aside to mourn the dead and fight for the living. But that’s every day for me. For 10 years, my job with the United Steelworkers has been to jump in to help when a member of the union has been killed or permanently injured on the job. I’ve […]

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The Fall That Changed Everything

Filed in Safety By on April 26, 2016 5 Comments
The Fall That Changed Everything

    As a longtime field investigator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, I’ve seen the aftermath of tragedies caused by falls. Each case is painful, but a few stand out for their heartbreak. Last year, my team and I were called in to a Pennsylvania construction site where three-story apartments were going up. The […]

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Silica Standards Signal Safety Commitment in Construction

Filed in Español, Safety By on April 11, 2016 2 Comments
Silica Standards Signal Safety Commitment in Construction

Lee este artículo en español. The construction industry has a reputation for sometimes being slow to change, and in some instances that reputation is understandable. After all, many practices used on the job site are tried and true – the way construction firms pour cement, lay brick and erect steel has been virtually unchanged for […]

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