Astec Industries, Cemen Tech and a host of earthmoving or material handling equipment peers will anchor a Washington, D.C. festival, staged along the National Mall between the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol. Throughout a May 14-16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. schedule, “Celebration of Construction” will offer visitors insights on infrastructure, current site practices, equipment and tools, plus technology and data management.
In addition to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, “Celebration of Construction” participants include the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association; American Council of Engineering Companies; Associated Equipment Distributors; Association of Equipment Management Professionals; Associated General Contractors of America; American Rental Association; American Road and Transportation Builders Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; and, International Union of Operating Engineers. Representatives will share their industries’ efforts to improve construction safety, efficiency, and environmental stewardship. An interactive map will guide visitors around the festival and provide information about where the equipment is made and how it is used on a construction site.
OSHA INJURY AND ILLNESS TRACKING DATA
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published 2022 injury and illness data based on reports by more than 300,000 establishments. Injury Tracking Application (IJA) data, posted at www.osha.gov, stems from OSHA 300A information provided by employers subject to electronic recordkeeping requirements. Providing access to IJA data helps identify unsafe conditions and workplace hazards that may cause occupational injuries and illness, OSHA officials note. Knowing about those hazards is the first step to control them and reduce occupational injuries and illnesses. IJA data also affords insights for employers, workers and the public to make informed decisions. OSHA expects the newly released information to improve research on the occurrence, prevention and control of workplace hazards, injuries and illnesses.
“Recordkeeping is a valuable tool that provides a road map to where and why injuries and illnesses occur and where improvements are needed,” says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. “By increasing access to this data, we are providing information that can help people better understand the overall effectiveness of safety and health systems in the workplace.”
Over the last year, OSHA conducted extensive outreach through website updates, social media exercises and stakeholder emails to help employers understand their obligations and submit 2021 data. As part of its continued recordkeeping enforcement efforts, OSHA will work to identify establishments that failed to submit their 2022 Form 300A data. Annual electronic submissions are required from establishments with a) 250 or more employees currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records; and, b) 20-249 employees classified in specific industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. Establishments that are required to submit injury and illness data electronically, and have not yet done so, must submit their Form 300A to the ITA, www.osha.gov/injuryreporting.