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...

Avoid Slips, Trips and Falls

Did you know the average construction worker may take 9,646 steps per day while on the job?  With so many steps per day, the exposure to slip, trip, and fall hazards can be very high. Work-related slips, trips and falls are responsible for 25% of all occupation...

OSHA Fines To Increase

For the first time in a quarter century OSHA has been directed to increase its penalties to account for current inflation levels, which would raise proposed fines by about 80 percent. This means the penalty for a willful or repeat violation could rise to about...