Fatality-data mining finds noon the deadliest hour on construction sites

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A new report from Associated General Contractors of America and Virginia Tech University’s Myers-Lawson School of Construction confirms or clarifies long-held observations concerning project site safety. “Preventing Fatalities in the Construction Industry” is based on individual examination of 2,338 construction fatalities reported over the 2010-2012 period in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (BLS/IIF) program.

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OSHA harmonizes confined space rule for general industry, construction sites

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule, effective August 2015, to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces, where life-threatening hazards include toxic substance exposure, electrocution, explosions, and asphyxiation. Manholes, crawl spaces, tanks, and other confined spaces are not intended for continuous occupancy, agency officials contend, adding that such structures are also difficult to exit in an emergency.

 
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CONCRETE EMPLOYEE SAFETY DVD

CONCRETE EMPLOYEE SAFETY DVD

The American Society of Concrete Contractors Safety & Risk Management Council (SRMC) has released a new Employee Safety Orientation DVD for concrete contractors. Shot on active concrete construction sites, it covers alcohol and substance abuse, personal protective equipment, pre-task planning, hand and power tools, fire prevention, excavation and trenching, handling fresh concrete, forming, rebar, pumping, hazardous materials and much more. An accompanying User Guide explains how to use the DVD most effectively and contains sample test questions.

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360-degree vehicle monitoring

System improves driving and safety in critical situations, such as dense city traffic, narrow loading ramps and construction sites by providing improved information and data exchange between the driver, vehicle and infrastructure. It can also be permanently active when the vehicle is standing still, allowing the driver to monitor the vehicle and its cargo.

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