A Hidden Epidemic: Construction Worker Suicide

According to data from the CDC, construction workers are at a very high risk for suicide – a rate of 53.3 per 100,000 workers. The following are contributing factors leading to these statistics: Early hours and late nights on the job, especially during critical...

Careful Use of Propane Heaters on Construction Sites

To help combat the cold, portable heaters fueled by propane are often used on construction sites. While they provide adequate heat, there are some obvious safety concerns when using large, high-BTU, portable heaters. Certain precautions need to be observed when using...

Virginia Experiences Surge in Workplace Fatalities

29 Virginia workers have died on the job through in the first 7 months of 2016.  This compares to 31 deaths for all of 2015. In the month of July 2016 alone, 8 Virginia workers lost their lives in workplace accidents.  This horrific trend is devastating families,...

OSHA’s New Rule for Silica Dust Exposure

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces.  This includes 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry...

One Year Later . . .

In January 2015, OSHA started requiring employers to report within 24 hours any severe work related injury, such as an amputation or an injury requiring hospitalization. In the first year, OSHA received 10,388 reports, or nearly 30 a day. Each report told the story of...

Incident Prevention

Generally speaking, we are not born with common sense, but we acquire it throughout life and from experiences of our own as well as others.  Awareness of your environment, self-preservation and concern for your fellow workers are all factors in good common sense.  The...