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Statistics show increased risks for Hispanic workers

September 1, 2015
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The population of the U.S. is more diverse than ever before, a trend that shows no signs of reversal in the future. At the current rate, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2060, one out of five Americans will be foreign-born. For the Hispanic population specifically, the change will be even more pronounced. The report expects native Spanish speakers to more than double their current numbers by 2060, thus comprising nearly 30 percent of the total population.

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Is your medication safe for the workplace?

August 31, 2015
Safety /

You are probably aware of what substances are strictly off-limits for use on the job. These include alcohol as well as anything not prescribed to you by your doctor. But there are many medications taken on a regular basis that are neither illegal nor prescribed, like cold medicine, painkillers, or drugs that treat allergies or stomach ailments. They are sold at every drugstore without the need for permission from a doctor, which can lead to the assumption that these drugs are 100 percent safe.

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Unseen danger: Managing noise hazards

August 28, 2015
Safety /

High ledges, heavy machinery, hot weather - The list of potential hazards on a construction site are too numerous to name here. But there is one danger that's easy to overlook, primarily because it's invisible. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates as many as 22 million American workers are exposed to noise hazards on the job. That amounts to as much as $242 million annually in worker's compensation for hearing loss. 

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Healthy workers sustain fewer injuries on the job

August 25, 2015
Safety /

Accidents are a constant concern for workers, and even when safety measures are put in place, injuries can still occur. Oftentimes an accident or an injury leads to the implementation of new policies or construction safety products that seek to prevent a mistake like that from happening again. And while these approaches are important, they are also typically applied reactively.

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Construction Work Zone Safety a Concern for both OSHA, FHWA

August 20, 2015
Safety /

When it comes to work zone safety, it can seem as though there are many agencies all trying to do the same job.

But all those repetitive regulations, training, guides, and manuals often cite the same few sources of information and rules. Two key players in work zone safety are the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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Focusing on the Fatal Four in Construction Safety

August 19, 2015
Safety /

If you've ever attended an OSHA Safety Training class or sat in a construction safety meeting, you've heard of the Fatal Four.

The deadly combination of falls, struck-by, caught-in or caught-between incidents, and electrocutions accounted for 57.7 percent of construction-related fatalities in 2013, the leading cause of death in an industry that represents more than 20 percent of all worker fatalities in private industry. 

But knowing about an issue, and knowing what to do to prevent it, are two entirely different things. So, how can we lower the number of incidents attributed to these Fatal Four causes of injury?

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How to Improve the Safety Culture in Your Construction Company

August 13, 2015
Safety /

You’ve probably heard the term “Safety Culture” thrown around so often that you probably don’t even think about it.

But when you really mull it over, what is a safety culture, exactly? And what can you do to improve yours?

According to OSHA, a safety culture consists of the shared beliefs, practices, and attitudes regarding safety that exist at an establishment. Culture is the atmosphere created by those beliefs, attitudes, etc., which shape our behavior.

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Prescription drugs on the job site

August 10, 2015
Safety /

It is no secret that injuries are an occurrence on the job site. While companies do what they can to minimize the number of injuries that happen by implementing safety regulations, the fact of the matter is accidents happen. And when working with heavy machinery, on high ladders or in confined spaces, the potential for an accident is even greater.

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Win a $10,000 Scholarship with the HCSS Construction Intern Awards

August 7, 2015

The summer is winding down, and kids are heading back to school. But for those who had internships in the construction industry, the past three months were likely anything but relaxing.

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Are phones unsafe in the workplace?

August 6, 2015
Safety /
Equipment /

As the uses for mobile devices continue to expand, attitudes may shift as well. While there is still great concern regarding the use of mobile devices, whether it be phones or tablets, on work sites, there are also viewpoints highlighting the efficiency that these modern tools are introducing to the industry.

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