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April 21, 2010

Safety Tip: Be Aware of Construction Hazards

Arc flash hazardAs building season returns, many construction workers will be back on the job - and in danger of construction injuries. OSHA reports that nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average for all industries. Prominent safety signs can help keep your workers safe:

Potential hazards for workers in construction:
    Scaffolding safety
  • Falls (from heights)
  • Trench collapse
  • Scaffold collapse
  • Electric shock and arc flash/arc blast
  • Failure to use proper personal protective equipment; and
  • Repetitive motion injuries
For construction sites, the 10 OSHA standards most frequently cited are:
1. Scaffolding
2. Fall protection (scope, application, definitions)
hard hat area3. Excavations (general requirements)
4. Ladders
5. Head protection
6. Excavations (requirements for protective systems)
7. Hazard communication
8. Fall protection (training requirements)
9. Construction (general safety and health provisions)
10. Electrical (wiring methods, design and protection)

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