CPWR Quarterly Data Report: Electrocutions and Prevention in the Construction Industry

Electrocution is a leading cause of fatalities in construction, one of OSHA’s “Focus Four” construction safety hazards. In 2015, 82 construction workers died of electrocution, accounting for 61 percent of work-related electrocution fatalities in the United States. A just-published CPWR Quarterly Data Report, “Electrocutions and Prevention in the Construction Industry,” examines the statistics and trends in detail. About one-third (32 percent) of the electrocution fatalities occurred among electrical contractors; among occupations, power-line installers had the highest rate of electrocution deaths. There’s some good news: between 2003 and 2015, the number of electrocution deaths in construction decreased by 39 percent. But … Read more

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Study Reveals Visits by Insurance Loss Prevention Reps Linked to Fewer Jobsite Injuries

Insurance loss prevention representatives often help contractors identify ways to improve workplace safety. A CPWR-supported research team at the University of Minnesota recently analyzed data from 1,360 construction-industry policyholders to see if visits by a loss prevention representative reduced lost-time injuries. The research team found a significant reduction after just a single visit, and more contacts showed even greater benefits. Keeping workers from getting hurt is the ultimate goal, but many in the industry need a business case before trying new things. This study proves that injury prevention activities can reduce the lost-time injuries that generate costly injury claims. Click … Read more

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Digger Derrick Safety Manual: View AEM Updates

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has updated its Digger Derrick Safety Manual with new and expanded content on safe equipment operation, startup and shutdown and maintenance precautions. The AEM Digger Derrick Safety Manual features key terms for calculating load capacities when using a digger derrick for lifting operations. Information on lifting, pole setting and digging operation, as well as personnel platform safety is included. Updated safety symbols and pictograms and a cleaner format enhance the safety messages. AEM safety manuals are industry consensus documents written in a clear and concise, well-illustrated and easy-to-understand format to supplement but … Read more

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Re: Silica Dust – Are You Ready for OSHA’s Sept. 23 Deadline?

Industry expert Joe Nasvik summarizes ins and outs of updated regulations The U.S Department of Labor will begin to enforce its new concrete silica dust ruling on Sept. 23. It’s important to be up-to-date on all the new changes regarding these new OSHA standards. To help ease the transition, Bosch Power Tools partnered with industry expert Joe Nasvik to outline everything contractors and superintendents need to know prior to the Sept. 23 deadline. (Q): What is the new silica dust regulation and why is it happening? When the U.S. Department of Labor issued its ruling aimed at better protecting workers … Read more

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