OSHA’s recent safety releases intrigued me with the span of coverage. From recognition of workers’ Memorial Day, to safety precautions for hurricane recovery workers, the following will provide a synopsis of the most recent construction notices that caught my eye.
Safety for Landscape Workers
In the southeast US, concern has been growing due to workplace injury and mortality levels within the landscaping industry. In response to a triple rise in fatalities, OSHA has been sponsoring “Safety Stand-Down” events to educate workers on how they can reduce risk of injury on the job. There are training manuals made available that outline some landscaping hazards important to keep top of mind:
– Do not operate lawn equipment on steep slopes. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s manual.
– Be aware of overhead power lines when trimming branches or cutting down trees
– Do not operate lawn equipment too close to water. Be aware of drop offs and muddy or unstable ground.
– Always wear eye and hearing protection.
Just as the “Safety Stand-Down” does, any brief discussion on these protective measures goes a long way for a workforce – even if the setting isn’t a formal training.
Storm Recovery Worker Precautions
With the recent hurricane activity in the United States, there has been an outpouring of workers and volunteers engaging in clean up work including restoring electric, demolition, removal of flood water, and all sorts of structural damage repair. Before any efforts are begun, OSHA highlights the priority of remaining safe in these dangerous conditions to prevent further damage, to buildings and workers alike.
According to OSHA, “Protective measures should involve:
– Evaluating the work area for all hazards.
– Providing training for the task.
– Task-specific hazard exposure monitoring.
– Utilizing engineering or work practice controls to mitigate hazards.
– Using personal protective equipment.
– Assuming all power lines are live.
– Following proper hygiene procedures.
– Correctly using portable generators, saws, ladders, vehicles and other equipment.
– Utilizing traffic work zones.
– Implementing safe work procedures.”
Although it’s not always the most exciting material, construction project managers who stay on top of OSHA’s news releases are equipped with the most up-to-date resources for construction training and safety. It’s certainly worth investigating every now and then. Who knows – it could even spare an injury.