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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.
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.
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.
•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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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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