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Identify & Reduce Noise Exposure, Gary Ticker

Thousands of workers suffer every year from hearing loss due to high workplace noise levels. The good news is that this is preventable. OSHA says exposure to an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) sound level of 85 decibels (dBA) or more can cause hearing damage. Most work-related hearing loss can be eliminated by reducing employee exposure to below this level.

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Multicausal Nature of Construction Incidents, John W. Mroszczyk

It is well known that construction work is dangerous. Construction employment is only 5% of the total workforce, yet has 15% to 22% of the total workforce fatalities (Mroszczyk, 2015a). While the construction industry and government agencies have made progress in reducing construction incidents, construction remains a risky place to work. Understanding the nature of construction incidents is important so that further improvements in safety can be realized.

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Indoor GPS: A Tool for Creating Safer Construction Sites, Antti Korhonen & Jonathan Horne

Improving job site safety, responding to emergencies, and analyzing incidents after the fact are enhanced when worker location can be monitored and recorded throughout a project.

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Near-Hit Reporting Reducing Construction Industry Injuries, Eric Marks, Ibukun G. Awolusi and Brian McKay

•The construction industry continues to rank as one of the most hazardous work environments, experiencing a high number of workplace injuries and fatalities. •Safety performance improvement is needed to achieve zero injuries, illnesses and fatalities on construction sites. One systematic method of achieving this improvement is through the collection and analysis of safety data such as near-hits. •This article highlights best practices for collecting and analyzing near-hit information. A near-hit management program for assessing collected data is created so that lessons learned from reported events can be applied to mitigate future hazards on construction sites.

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Scanning for Safety, A. Ken Brooks Jr.

The keys to conducting an effective safety inspections are to know the goals, identify who should perform the inspection and what tools to use, understand how to find hazards and make sure to complete all of the follow-up procedures

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703 NIOSH Guardrail System--From Research to Field Evaluation to Production, Thomas G. Bobick, Brandon C. Takacs, E. A. McKenzie, Jr., Mark D. Fullen and Douglas M. Cantis

Workers falling from elevations is the primary cause of fatalities in the U.S. construction industry. The focus of this paper is on using guardrails to prevent workers from falling from elevated workplaces in residential construction.

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704 Growing Your Own Construction Safety Professionals, Richard Baldwin and Chris Claggett

Construction safety leaders are responsible for the development of safety professionals that they supervise. No matter what the source or the qualifications and experience of a staff member, improvement of their skills should always be emphasized and the resources allocated to make them more effective. College degrees and certifications are becoming ever more the standard among construction safety professionals. Yet there is ample opportunity for zealous and dedicated craft workers to progress to positions of responsibility as safety managers on construction projects and then further to more senior positions.

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S52 LEED, Lean, Liderazgo y Sostenibilidad Global para Resultados Internacionales en SH&E, Anibal Franco, Paola Cárdenas and Michelle Vargas

Como profesionales y líderes muy respetados de SH&E, somos desafiados diariamente en todo el mundo para mejorar los resultados, beneficios y procesos de SH&E. Al mismo tiempo, estamos ujetos a un muy alto nivel de excelencia en las áreas profesionales distintas de SH&E. ¿Cuáles son algunas de las soluciones innovadoras y eficaces para ayudar a tener éxito? Exploraremos de manera global las estrategias de LEED, Lean, liderazgo y sostenibilidad, herramientas y soluciones que los líderes y profesionales en seguridad y salud ocupacional pueden aplicar para el éxito.

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S52 Global LEED, Lean, Leadership & Sustainability - For SH&E International Results, Anibal Franco, Paola Cárdenas and Michelle Vargas

As highly respected Safety, Health and Environmental (SH&E) leaders and professionals, we are challenged on a daily basis globally to improve SH&E results, benefits and outcomes. At the same time, we are held at a very high standard of excellence in professional areas other than SH&E. What are some innovative and effective solutions to help us succeed? We will explore global LEED, Lean, leadership and sustainability strategies, tools and solutions that occupational safety and health leaders and professionals can utilize and apply for success.

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768 Preventing Injuries, Saving Lives: Ladder Safety Training, David Francis

Even with a renewed emphasis on ladder safety training, the numbers of ladder- related injuries continues to rise. In 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Commission ( CPSC) estimated that more than 500,000 people were injured while using a ladder or stepstool. In 2010, the estimate rose to 724,000—that’s nearly 2,000 people injured every day. Experts estimate that 100 people will suffer a long-term or permanent disability each day. And one person will die every day.

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