After adding more than 30,000 jobs in January alone, the construction industry shows no signs of slowing down. With more workers comes more responsibility for safety. Falls from heights are still the leading cause of death in the private construction industry and lack of proper fall protection is the most frequently cited violation by OSHA. That is why each year; the construction industry dedicates a week of safety events to stopping fatal falls. Jobsites across the country and internationally pause work so that employers and workers can talk about fall prevention and commit to on-the-job safety.
- OSHA’s new fact sheet, Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers, provides suggestions for conducting inspections that can help you evaluate the effectiveness of your current safety and health efforts and communicate directly with workers about hazards in their jobs.
- ·The National Safety Council’s article, Speaking of Safety: Changing the Atmosphere Around Safety Conversations,helps managers engage in effective safety conversations with workers at all levels.
- ·The Safe + Sound Campaign’s first live, free webinar(limited space available), Tools for a Successful Workplace Safety and Health Program, highlights resources you can use to become an effective safety leader and create a strong jobsite safety climate. This webinar will be hosted by CPWR: The Center for Construction Research and Training on Wednesday, February 21st at 2pm EST and a full recording of the presentation will also be available following the event.
The Safe + Sound Campaign is organized by OSHA, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, The Center for Construction Research and Training, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Safety Council, and the Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association. For more information and additional resources to help you establish or improve your safety and health program, visit the Safe + Sound Campaign website.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee announced on Wednesday that it will hold a hearing on the confirmation of John Ring to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on February 14.