[VIDEO] 8 Injured After Crane Collapses During Renovations of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

There are a lot of different specialty construction contracting sectors within the industry and cruise ships are definitely one of them.  There are plenty of unique challenges when dealing with a moving ship versus a static building.  A recent accident highlighted the challenges when a crane collapsed on a cruise ship under renovations, injuring 8 people.

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How to Have Better Safety Conversations on the Construction Jobsite

The vast majority of safety related “conversations” that I’ve overheard, or have been a part of, in my career has been mostly a supervisor telling a worker to “knock it off” or something to that effect.  The typical reaction from the worker is to stop doing the unsafe behavior, wait a few minutes when the supervisor has left the area, and then go right back to the way they were doing it originally.

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3 Ladder Manufacturers Reinventing the Step Ladder | Tool Junkie

It seems weird to be talking about new step ladder designs.  Other than moving from wood to aluminum to fiberglass, the form and function of a stepladder hasn’t really ever changed.  One of the biggest opportunities has always been the gap between how step ladders were designed to be used as opposed to how people actually use them. 3 major manufacturers now have a solution to at least some of those problems.

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OSHA Video Explains How to Properly Classify Soil for Trench Safety

In 2018, OSHA announced that reducing trenching an excavation hazards on construction sites would be their priority goal. Since that time, the agency has releases a variety of different materials to help build outreach to contractors across the country, including updating their National Emphasis Program (NEP) on trench safety. On a recent newsletter, OSHA highlighted a video about soil classification in trenches and excavations, meant as an introduction to those who want to know more about the process.

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March is Ladder Safety Month, Here Are Some Great Resources to Get You Started

Ladders are one of the most widely used and necessary pieces of equipment on a construction jobsite.  They’re also one of the most misused and abused pieces of equipment on a jobsite.  In addition to being one of the most frequently cited OSHA violations each year, it also accounts for too many of the industry’s yearly fatalities and countless injuries.

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Harness Hero is a Free App that Teaches Proper Personal Fall Protection Use

Falls continue to be the number one leading cause of death on construction sites across the country, accounting for around 40% each year. Even if you can convince your construction crew to wear personal fall arrest systems each time they’re required, proper training is required to select the correct type of fall protection and the anchor points, as well as performing proper inspections of the equipment.  An app called Harness Hero is trying to help solve the latter problem.

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Reminder: OSHA 300A Injury and Illness Records Required to be Electronically Submitted by March 2

Even though OSHA recently eliminated the need for employers to electronically submit OSHA Forms 300 and 301, citing privacy concerns, companies are still responsible for submitting OSHA Form 300A – and the deadline is fast approaching.

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Court Decision Says that GCs Can Receive OSHA Citations for Subcontractor Violations

Multi-employer worksites are extremely common in the construction industry, but they can still make work extremely complicated.  One of those complications results when a subcontractor receives a governmental violation, such as an OSHA violation.  As a controlling employer on the site, can a general contractor be held responsible for safety hazards of a subcontractor?  One court says yes.

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OSHA to Offer Temporary Compliance Assistance on Newly Effective Crane Operator Rule

After an abundance of delays on rule that would require crane operators to be formally qualified to operate, OSHA finally landed on an effective date of February 7, 2019. After receiving feedback from industry partners, OSHA has decided to delay enforcement for 60 days for contractors who make a “good faith effort” to comply.

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