safety

IPAF database reports 28 fatalities involving aerial platforms worldwide for the first half of 2013

There were 28 fatalities worldwide involving mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), also known as aerial work platforms (AWPs), in the first half of 2013, according to findings from IPAF’s accident database.The main causes of these fatalities were: overturn (10), fall from height (9), entrapment (5), electrocution (3), and impact with MEWP (1). Thirteen of...

NRCA releases material handling training program

The National Roofing Contractors Association has introduced NRCA Material Handling Series: Overhead and Understood, a comprehensive training program with five modules designed to provide a thorough explanation and illustration of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s rules related to a variety of material handling equipment, such as cranes, conveyors, hoists, forklifts and all-terrain vehicles....

June is National Safety Month: NRCA offers Pocket Guide to Safety

NRCA offers NRCA Pocket Guide to Safety, which is a 125-page, pocket-sized, spiral-bound guide intended for use by laborers, mechanics, foremen and others on jobsites. The guide addresses fall protection, first aid and emergency treatment, weather, personal protective equipment, and Occupational Health and Safety Administration standards. A Spanish-language version also is available. The member...

Virginia Tech researcher supports campaign to reduce construction falls

Falls in construction represent 14 percent of the fatalities on the job and are estimated to cost construction firms approximately $27,000 in direct costs per incident.  Daniel Hindman, Virginia Tech associate professor of wood engineering in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, has spent the last eight years researching ways to help make...

Gateway Safety launches new site featuring interactive, product-centric design

In coordination with the 100th anniversary of the National Safety Council, Gateway Safety has launched a new website at www.GatewaySafety.com. The site is heavily focused on the company’s products, presenting them in a clear, easy-to-navigate format. Visitors will enjoy a very personal, interactive experience that offers several different paths and options to obtain information...

Safety Update: Effective safety training, Part 2

(Part 1 can be accessed by clicking here. ) / Emphasis should be placed on issues relevant to your business / By Gary Auman  Legal counsel for NFBA In January 2012, I wrote a Frame Building News article on effective safety training. Because of the complexity of this topic and the amount of relevant...

Delmar, DeWalt team up to publish handbooks

Delmar, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of learning solutions for ongoing career development and education, and DeWalt released handbooks on two of the most important topics in construction, code adherence and jobsite safety. The DeWalt Construction Safety and OSHA Handbook is the most recent addition to the DeWalt Professional Reference series....

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Research & Technology: Better fall prevention

Testing of fall arrest anchors connected to post-frame trusses /  By Daniel P. Hindman, Ph.D. and Lori M. Koch, M.S., M.F. / Falls are an ever present hazard on construction sites and account for a disproportionate number of fatalities and injuries on jobsites. In 2010, 635 fatalities were caused by falls (U.S. Bureau of...

OSHA launches major fall prevention campaign

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs. Falls were the leading cause of death in the construction industry in 2010; one in three construction fatalities resulted from falls. The majority of these...