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Safety & Health - Featured Headline
Experts Say You Can't Inspect Your Way to Safety
Contractors with strong safety cultures enjoy more than just significantly lower injury rates.

Photo courtesy of T.J. Lyons

Deadly Berkeley Balcony Collapse Prompts Code Changes
The new regulation requires regular maintenance inspections for balconies of existing and future buildings.

Photo by AP

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09/28/15 NCDOL Proposes $160K in Fines for Fatal Scaffold Collapse

The agency proposed nearly $152,000 in fines for one firm, Associated Scaffolding Co.
09/18/15 Construction's 2014 Deaths Rise to 6-Year High, But Fatality Rate Dips

Last year's 874 deaths were up 6% but the industry's fatality rate edged down to 9.5 per 100,000 workers
09/16/15 New England Ironworker Accidents Raise Safety Questions

OSHA and local agencies are probing injuries to six workers in a steel framing collapse in Smithfield, R.I. and a worker death in Taunton, Mass.
09/04/15 Despite Staunch Safety Plan, a Fatal Fall at Vikings Stadium

State safety investigators and Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction are seeking to determine the cause of a worker fatality on the $1.1-billion U.S. Bank Stadium project, which was being monitored via an enhanced safety program with the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
08/25/15 Work on Hospital Project Resumes Following Fatal Scaffold Collapse

Investigations are continuing into an accident that killed one worker and injured seven others in Rio Rancho, N.M.
08/20/15 New Ideas, ASHRAE Standard Could Limit Legionnaires’ Toll

With the recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreak apparently under control, the New York City Councils’ newly adopted law requiring building owners to certify, test and clean building cooling towers has set off a flurry of work.
08/05/15 Ironworker Dies in Fall at Logan Airport

Third-generation union ironworker Lawrence O’Leary, 54, died on July 25, following injuries from a fall at a Logan International Airport construction site two weeks earlier, officials reported.
07/30/15 Dry Rot Is Suspected in California Stairway Collapse

The 280-unit complex in Folsom was issued permits in 2014 and 2015 to repair dry rot on stairways, including the one that failed on July 3.
06/24/15 Source: NYC Crane Accident in May Caused by Cut Sling

Madison Avenue accident in Midtown Manhattan highlights the vulnerabilities of sling protection procedure.
06/18/15 Balcony Collapse Kills Six, Cause Under Investigation

In Novel agreement, Transmission Developer Offers Lake Champlain Cleanup Funds
06/17/15 Source: Cut Sling Caused Dropped Load Accident in Manhattan in May

Air conditioning unit's sharp edge may have sliced through softener during la Sunday morning lift in Midtown Manhattan.
06/17/15 Hoist Collapse Kills Worker, Injures Another, at Massachusetts Jobsite

The accident occurred as a cab suddenly pulled away from a hoist assembly at a Suffolk Construction construction site in Somerville.
06/15/15 Court Judgment, Tests Fail To Quell Guardrail Controversy

A federal court agrees with a whistleblower's contention that a guardrail manufacturer committed fraud by changing a guardrail system's design, effectively transforming a safety device into a deadly projectile during crashes.
06/10/15 High in the Sky, Tower Rescues Require Skill

Union electrical workers and contractors set up a second training facility in response to the increase in communication tower construction and maintenance accidents.
06/10/15 Rollover Kills Crane Operator Heading to Wind Farm Site

Rough terrain and a growing number of wind farms pose new hazards to construction site staff.
05/27/15 Florida I-295 Fatality Raises Questions About Training

The trucker spoke Spanish, the jobsite crew, English. OSHA wonders if his death was the result of miscommunication and inadequate training.
05/07/15 Common Sense Injury Management Can Help Lower Recordables

Industry experts offer practical ways for contractors to improve safety programs and lower recordable incident rates.
05/06/15 Lone Star State DOT Uses Whimsy for a Serious Purpose, to Push Worksite Safety

Oversized ‘barrel monsters’ are designed to slow drivers in highway work zones.
05/06/15 Industry Pushes Weeklong Mission to Deepen the Safety Culture

Safety Week, the grass roots drive of industry executives to focus the nation’s attention on construction safety, has grown this year with 44 sponsoring companies, 23 sponsoring associations and endorsement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
05/05/15 Fatal Crash in 2013 Results in Vehicular Homicide Charges for Nashville Ready Mix and Its President

The case is one of few in the country where a corporation has been indicted for vehicular homicide.
05/04/15 Contractors, Unions Say OSHA Confined-Space Rule Will Save Lives

OSHA went back to drawing board after proposal was widely panned in 2007.
04/21/15 Oregon State U. Virtual Jobsite Safety Lab Gets $1-Million Industry Boost

Contractor and materials firm funding will allow multiple users to conduct sample work operations without actually putting workers at risk.
02/25/15 Ironworker Crushed by Steel at Brooklyn's Barclays Center

The DOB has issued a full stop-work order at the site as well as an environmental control board violation for failure to safeguard a worksite.
01/07/15 Beijing Presses Chinese Contractors to Boost Safety

Recent accidents included a tunnel collapse, foundation cave-in, roof collapse and two cases of scaffolding breaking down.
12/23/14 Floating Batch Plant at New York's Tappan Zee Bridge Partially Collapses

Concrete placement on the $3.9-billion replacement span is halted pending a probe of the partial failure of a barge-mounted batch plant (seen in September photo) on Dec. 16.
12/10/14 Gatlinburg, Tenn., Veolia Dropped From 2011 Treatment Plant Fatality Lawsuit

Families of twoworkers killed in wastewater treatment plant wall collapse seek $17 million in damages foreach victim.
10/21/14 Global Industry Firms Craft Responses to Ebola Crisis in Africa

Fluor gets U.S. Army support contract in affected region, while Chinese and other companies cope with impacts; U.S. wastewater sector to get Ebola handling guidance from CDC.
09/12/14 Lack of Site Supervision Cited in South Africa Building Collapse That Killed Seven

An official probe of the accident in an upscale Johannesburg suburb wont be complete until November.
09/12/14 Most in Industry Face Heightened OSHA Injury Reporting Rules in January

Construction's fatal injuries dip in 2013 but its total is highest among U.S. industries.
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