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Subcontractors and Site Safety

Generally speaking, prime contractors hire subcontractors to perform the majority of the scope of work. The subcontract agreements should outline specific performance requirements for the subcontractor in matters pertaining to safety. The question here is “Do you actually review, on an ongoing basis, the subcontractors compliance to those obligations”? When I ask this question to […]

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Falls–Unprotected Floor Openings

Unprotected floor openings are responsible for numerous serious and deadly accidents yearly. Planning and personal attention to detail can prevent these senseless for accidents. OSHA Standard 1926.500 mandates that any floor opening measuring 12 inches across or larger must be covered or protected by a standard guard rail with toeboard. The cover must be large […]

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THE HAZARDS OF HEAT

Summertime brings bring special hazards for those working outdoors. The combination of heat, humidity and physical labor can lead to fatalities. The two most serious forms of heat-related illnesses are heat exhaustion (primarily from dehydration) and heat stroke, which could be fatal. Signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke need immediate attention. Recognizing those warning […]

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The OSHA Definition of Competent vs Qualified vs Certified vs Designated Persons – Contractors Must Learn The Language

Rules and Laws always come with language and definitions that may not be totally in sync with our own definition and understanding of the same words. Earlier we discussed that in forming your safety committee you wanted to pick leaders who were knowledgeable about safety and in identifying those employees you had certain ideas in […]

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How Contractors Implement Their Safety Program

Now that you have your Company’s personalized Safety Manual in a shiny three-ring binder doesn’t mean you have a safety program. It is merely a roadmap – so now let’s put the rubber to the road. Remember – first and foremost, by law, it is a Contractors responsibility to provide a worksite as defined in […]

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Creating and Writing a Safety Program for Your Construction Company

Having made a commitment to safety the first step toward compliance is creating a written safety program. I’m not talking about the one you got from a previous employer 15 years ago where the company name has been “whited out” several times and recopied like 10 times. Or the one your brother in law got […]

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OSHA Compliant Safety Program – It’s The Law Contractors

I’ve been associated with the construction industry for some 40 years I am amazed how little many contractors know about OSHA Standards, how devastating an accident can be to all involved, and how simple safe jobsites and OSHA compliance can actually be. A comprehensive safety program is paramount for every contractor or subcontractor. Why? You […]

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