Working with underground utilities is one of the most under-appreciated risks faced by our generation of construction. It is there. It is patiently waiting. It never misses an opportunity.
Some exciting news coming out of OSHA. Recent revision to the crane standards have been published for public use.
Under the final rule, employers are required to train, certify/license, and evaluate operators to safely perform crane activities. Operators can be certified based on either the crane's type and capacity, or type only, ensuring that more accredited testing organizations are eligible to meet OSHA's certification program requirements. Most requirements in the final rule will become effective on Dec. 9, 2018. The evaluation and documentation requirements will become effective on Feb. 7, 2019. For more information, see the news release.
Definitely worth a read to ensure compliance and effectively safe work.
Working in and around trenches and excavations is hazard we take for granted too often. Every year, more than 50 workers die in trench-related incidents and thousands more are injured. OSHA and the North American Excavation Shoring Association recently hosted the Colorado Trench Safety Summit to raise awareness of hazards and best practices. More than 500 attendees participated in training and demonstrations, including a mock trench rescue by local first responders. OSHA also shared compliance assistance resources to help keep workers safe from trenching hazards.
Awareness and appreciation for mental health in the workplace has been an under-appreciated aspect of our professional careers. It is something present in most organizations. The questions stands: Are we causing harm with good intentions? This article looks into approaches that are empathetic and sensitive.
The RUKCO, Pepper Construction and trade partners at the Community Health Network Hospital East project participation in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction was highlighted in the latest issue of INdiana Labor Insider.