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Beat the Heat on Construction Sites

In 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a report on heat stress in the construction industry. Collecting information from hospital and OSHA reports, the CDC was able to come to conclusions that should be no surprise to anyone who has ever worked construction in the dog

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The Importance of Safety Training to Supplement Experience

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported two similar violations stemming from different companies in the Midwest. In both cases, employees were seriously injured as a result of unsafe power industrial vehicle (PIV) use. Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA), first reported on the incident earlier this month. Representatives

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Construction Site Injuries Can be Linked to Time of Day

According to a recent study from Oregon State University (OSU), the time of day, unsurprisingly, has an effect on injuries within the construction industry. Liu Yang, a recent doctoral graduate from OSU, analyzed workers compensation injury claims by the hour of the accident. Yang found that workers often get hurt

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New HAZCOM Update Proposed for Expanded Employee Protection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently proposed an update on their Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM) with the goal that making this revision could help protect employees from illness and exposure. OSHA continuously looks to further improve the information provided on chemical labels and Safety Data Sheets, and this

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March is National Ladder Safety Month

Ladder related accidents claim over 100 lives every year, with many, many more suffering serious injury. Better training and awareness is the key to reducing the amount of these very preventable accidents. Every March for the last five years, the American Ladder Institute (ALI) has been leading the way with National

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Can Your Company Afford $420,000 in Penalties?

Employees have a basic right to be able to work safely at their site, in their office, or in the field, and it is up to employers to meet the standards set by OSHA across a number of industries to meet those guidelines. Unfortunately, for any number of reasons that

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Despite Vaccine, COVID-19 Prevention is Still Necessary

Coronavirus Protection Program Guidelines Updated by OSHA On January 29, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace which updates guidance and recommendations to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. The guidance issued by OSHA

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March 2 Deadline For 300 Log Electronic Reporting Compliance

March 2 is the deadline for employers to file directly with OSHA their 300A and two other reports—Forms 300 and 301. OSHA provides in-depth information regarding filing the form 300A. Below, is a summary of important requirements taken from their website to help navigate the filing requirements. Recordkeeping Requirements Many

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Keeping Your Construction Site Safe – What You Need to Know

It’s safe to say, construction is a high hazard industry. Comprised of a wide range of activities, construction workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards. According to the 2020 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index report, the top 5 five injuries from construction sites – falls

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Core Elements to Starting Your OSHA Health & Safety Program

Starting a OSHA Health and Safety Program is key to providing a safe work environment, and is one of the most effective ways of protecting your employees from unnecessary harm or illness. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the total cost of work injuries in 2019 was $171.0 billion.

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10 Ways to Start Your OSHA Health & Safety Program

Safe and healthy employees are key to the success of your business. Providing a safe work environment is one of the most effective ways of protecting your employees from unnecessary harm or illness. Losing workers to injury or illness, even for a short time, can cause significant disruption and cost—check

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New OSHA Citation Penalty Amounts for 2021

In 2015, OSHA began making annual adjustments to its maximum penalties after Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act. This Act requires civil monetary penalties be adjusted for inflation by Jan. 15 of each year. In keeping with the Act, new citation penalty amounts have been

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What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise. According to the CDC, as of Jan 11 2021, there are 22,322,956 total cases, with 373,167 deaths As the vaccines are being distributed across the country, many states have streamlined vaccine rollout plans to administer doses and get people vaccinated as quickly as

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What to Expect at Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

COVID cases continue to surge throughout the US. With the holiday season now behind us, and many people choosing to travel, the numbers are expected to climb even higher. To stop this pandemic, along with mask wearing, social distancing, and practicing proper hygiene, getting vaccinated is a critical component in

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When Can I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The US is seeing its highest death toll, more than 344,000 people have now died of the COVID-19 virus. With many states reporting their hospitals are being overrun with the virus, some have tightened their reopening plans to help stop the spread. In Massachusetts, these restrictions include reducing capacity limits

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