One PA Company Could Have used Scaffold Safety Training

A recent Lancaster, PA Intelligencer Journal on line article illustrates how companies need to pay attention to scaffold safety training:     “The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to fine a Refton stone contractor $154,000 for allegedly unsafe scaffolding practices.” An OSHA inspector happened to be driving by a Schuykill County construction site and found a whopping eight […]

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Can You Dig It? Ask Your Excavation Competent Person

Undoubtedly not the most pleasant reading for construction contractors, OSHA periodically publishes horror stories of fines for violations of safety rules. Specifically, in its OSHA Regional News Release last January we learned that one Hartford, Conn., construction company was slapped with a whopping $169,000 fine “chiefly for exposing its workers to cave-in hazards while repairing a sewer […]

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Duties of Confined Space Team Members

Continuing our series on confined space hazards, this post will discuss the responsibilities of each team member of a permit required confined space entrance team. No worker should enter a confined space without the proper support team in place. There are 3 main members to a confined space team. The first, and the one at […]

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Competent Person Training

The Competent Person is arguably one of the most underused safety personnel on any given job site.  Yet it is one of the most referenced responsibilities in construction regulations and many employers don’t realize that one is required on every job site.  OSHA defines a competent person as “one who is capable of identifying existing […]

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