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Construction worker dies after 10-story fall from NYC roof

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 15, 2014

Construction worker dies after 10-story fall from NYC roof

A construction worker died Monday afternoon after falling 10 stories in New York City. The man was working on the roof of an office building in midtown Manhattan before falling and ...

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Keeping your cool: 3 tips to avoiding heat stress on the jobsite

Posted by Amy Materson on April 15, 2014

Keeping your cool: 3 tips to avoiding heat stress on the jobsite

With the long deep freezes all around the country this winter, most of us have been looking forward to lots of sunshine and warmer weather. For those who work outside though, ...

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Construction worker in critical condition after his head was pinned by elevator on Austin jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 10, 2014

Construction worker in critical condition after his head was pinned by elevator on Austin jobsite

While working inside an elevator shaft at a jobsite in downtown Austin, Texas, a construction worker was pinned and later hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The worker, yet to be identified by ...

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Operator rescued from crane in Dallas after back spasms leave him unable to descend from cab

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 10, 2014

Operator rescued from crane in Dallas after back spasms leave him unable to descend from cab

A crane operator was rescued from his machine Wednesday afternoon in Dallas after back spasms left him unable to get much further than just outside the cab. Two members of the Dallas ...

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Three-alarm blaze does $2 million in damage at Anaheim construction site

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 09, 2014

Three-alarm blaze does $2 million in damage at Anaheim construction site

In Anaheim, California 88 firefighters fought for more than an hour to contain a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex construction site. The fire, which did not spread to surrounding structures, ...

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NYC construction worker working alone dies after 80-foot fall

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 08, 2014

NYC construction worker working alone dies after 80-foot fall

While working from scaffolding outside a New York City hotel last week, a construction worker died after falling about 80 feet. The worker, whom police have not yet identified, was working ...

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Wyoming construction leaders partner with state agencies to form safety alliance

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 07, 2014

Wyoming construction leaders partner with state agencies to form safety alliance

Hoping to shed its reputation for being a dangerous state to work in, Wyoming state agencies have partnered with construction industry leaders to form a safety alliance. Gov. Matt Mead said ...

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“Netflix model” for online construction safety training makes implementing programs a no-brainer

Posted by Amy Materson on April 02, 2014

“Netflix model” for online construction safety training makes implementing programs a no-brainer

Efforts to reduce construction accidents and injuries are slowly but surely having an effect, as each year OSHA’s tally of construction-related fatalities drops in number. Perhaps it’s a matter of more ...

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Three-alarm fire destroys historic building in Des Moines undergoing renovation (VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 01, 2014

Three-alarm fire destroys historic building in Des Moines undergoing renovation (VIDEO)

For the third time in less than a month, a large fire has destroyed a building where construction was in progress. Following five-alarm fires in San Francisco and Houston that completely destroyed ...

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Demo Dangers: Be prepared for the unpredictable hazards of demolition work

Posted by Amy Materson on April 01, 2014

Demo Dangers: Be prepared for the unpredictable hazards of demolition work

DitchWitch, AEM produce safety video for vacuum excavation

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 28, 2014

DitchWitch, AEM produce safety video for vacuum excavation

Ditch Witch and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers have partnered to create a 19-minute DVD sharing tips for safe vacuum excavator operation. Vacuum excavators lessen damage to utilities and are designed ...

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VIDEO: Construction worker’s harrowing rescue from massive fire in Houston caught on tape

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 26, 2014

VIDEO: Construction worker’s harrowing rescue from massive fire in Houston caught on tape

A $50 million luxury apartment complex under construction in Houston was reduced to ashes Tuesday afternoon by a five-alarm fire that raged for nearly two and-a-half hours. There were 90 construction ...

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Aim is admirable, but OSHA’s proposed silica rule has 3 fatal flaws

Posted by Therese Dunphy on March 24, 2014

Aim is admirable, but OSHA’s proposed silica rule has 3 fatal flaws

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began its public hearings on a proposed update to its 40-year-old rule on crystalline silica exposure. Those hearings will conclude Friday, ...

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Collapse at Boston construction site injures 3 workers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 20, 2014

Collapse at Boston construction site injures 3 workers

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include the injury of a third worker in the accident. Two workers were hospitalized Thursday morning in Boston in the wake of a ...

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IPAF, NCCCO promote power line safety, demonstrate proper technique

Posted by Amy Materson on March 18, 2014

IPAF, NCCCO promote power line safety, demonstrate proper technique

The International Powered Access Federation and National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators again teamed up at ConExpo-Con/Agg, this time focusing on the need to follow correct procedures when ...

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More than Tailgate Talks: Creating a safety culture in construction requires proactive, not reactive, judgment

Posted by Tom Jackson on March 04, 2014

More than Tailgate Talks: Creating a safety culture in construction requires proactive, not reactive, judgment

Three people a day don't go home alive in the construction industry. Nine people a day lose their lives due to distracted driving. Why? Complacency and cognitive bias, says Mike Bennett, ...

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Disastrous Drops: Falls are the number one cause of death in construction accidents

Posted by Amy Materson on March 01, 2014

Disastrous Drops: Falls are the number one cause of death in construction accidents

3 quick tips for staying safe when you’re working alone on the jobsite

Posted by Amy Materson on February 11, 2014

3 quick tips for staying safe when you’re working alone on the jobsite

If you read Equipment World’s safety articles, you’ll have noticed that many recommendations for staying safe on the jobsite involve bringing in another set of eyes to watch your back. Most ...

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Construction worker killed after fall into river at Baylor football stadium site

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 30, 2014

Construction worker killed after fall into river at Baylor football stadium site

A construction worker at the jobsite of Baylor University's new football stadium was killed Tuesday after he and another worker fell into the near-freezing waters of the Brazos River in ...

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Website bug prompts OSHA to again extend public comment period on proposed silica rule

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 29, 2014

Website bug prompts OSHA to again extend public comment period on proposed silica rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has again extended the public comment period on proposed updates to standards on worker exposure to crystalline silica. The new deadline for public comment is ...

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National Demolition Assocation updates Demolition Safety Manual with new info, digital formats

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 20, 2014

National Demolition Assocation updates Demolition Safety Manual with new info, digital formats

The latest edition of the National Demolition Association’s (NDA) Demolition Safety Manual contains new information and new digital formats. With the new edition, which will be available soon, demolition firms and ...

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Sub Zero: Polar Vortex causes equipment breakdowns, sends construction workers home and indoors in Minnesota and North Dakota

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 08, 2014

Sub Zero: Polar Vortex causes equipment breakdowns, sends construction workers home and indoors in Minnesota and North Dakota

We told you yesterday about a crew in Louisville used to working in the cold that was forced to pack it up thanks to this Polar Vortex. Today we've got ...

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6 tips to avoiding Fatal Falls on the construction jobsite

Posted by Amy Materson on January 07, 2014

6 tips to avoiding Fatal Falls on the construction jobsite

Of OSHA’s Fatal Four accidents—falls, struck by object, electrocution and caught in/between—falls are the most deadly. Of all construction accidents, falls account for a third of construction fatalities. If you’re ...

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How to safely combat the winter months on a construction site in 8 steps

Posted by Equipment World Staff on January 02, 2014

How to safely combat the winter months on a construction site in 8 steps

Winter sees dark mornings, dark nights, grim weather and dull days, which can put health and safety at risk on a construction site. A construction site has a lot of equipment ...

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5 safety tips for avoiding caught-in/between accidents

Posted by Amy Materson on December 30, 2013

5 safety tips for avoiding caught-in/between accidents

According to OSHA, caught-in hazards collectively are one of the four deadliest dangers found on a construction site. Although it seems like common sense to never place yourself between a ...

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Two construction workers killed after World Cup stadium collapse in Brazil

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 29, 2013

Two construction workers killed after World Cup stadium collapse in Brazil

As Brazil rushes in preparation of hosting the 2014 World Cup, part of one of the host stadiums near the city of Sao Paulo under construction collapsed Wednesday, killing two ...

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3 Safety Steps for avoiding electrocution on the jobsite

Posted by Amy Materson on November 25, 2013

3 Safety Steps for avoiding electrocution on the jobsite

Of all the causes for on-the-job construction fatalities, electrocution may seem the most avoidable. It’s merely a matter of avoiding live wires, right? However, at approximately 140 U.S. deaths annually, ...

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VIDEO: Distracted dump truck driver finds ditch a far more costly stopping tool than brakes

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 21, 2013

VIDEO: Distracted dump truck driver finds ditch a far more costly stopping tool than brakes

It's simple: distracted driving sucks. It doesn't matter if it's a phone call, a text message or email, or even a map, taking your eyes off the road is just ...

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Check Your Six: 3 quick tips to avoiding backover incidents with construction equipment

Posted by Amy Materson on November 01, 2013

Check Your Six: 3 quick tips to avoiding backover incidents with construction equipment

Even with comprehensive training and improved safety features, backover incidents are still all too common in the construction industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 70 workers ...

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OSHA extends deadline for submitted comments on proposed updates to silica exposure rule

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 29, 2013

OSHA extends deadline for submitted comments on proposed updates to silica exposure rule

After announcing its intent to update standards on worker exposure to crystalline silica that are more than four decades old in August, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced ...

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Construction of new 49ers stadium has claimed the lives of 2 workers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 15, 2013

Construction of new 49ers stadium has claimed the lives of 2 workers

Since breaking ground in April of 2012, construction on the new home of the San Francisco 49ers has claimed the lives of two workers, according to a report from the ...

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VIDEO: Sims Crane & Equipment safety films are tributes to “Lost” and “Citizen Cane”

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 11, 2013

VIDEO: Sims Crane & Equipment safety films are tributes to “Lost” and “Citizen Cane”

Back in February of this year, Sims Crane & Equipment, a dealer and equipment rental company with locations across Florida, began posting some really well done safety videos to their ...

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Boom truck crane topples onto Detroit garage, knocks out power for 950 homes

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 05, 2013

Boom truck crane topples onto Detroit garage, knocks out power for 950 homes

A boom truck crane toppled onto a garage in a Detroit suburb last week leaving 950 homes without power, according to the Detroit News. The crane, mounted onto a truck bed, ...

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VIDEO: 1938 Labor Dept. film warns of deadly silica dust, explains how Silicosis can be prevented

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 05, 2013

VIDEO: 1938 Labor Dept. film warns of deadly silica dust, explains how Silicosis can be prevented

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced plans to update 40-year-old standards for lowering worker exposure to crystalline silica. Workers involved in the cutting, sawing, drilling and crushing of concrete, brick, block ...

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OSHA announces Sept. 3rd fall hazards safety stand-down on jobsites in 4 Midwestern states

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 30, 2013

OSHA announces Sept. 3rd fall hazards safety stand-down on jobsites in 4 Midwestern states

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a safety stand-down on the morning of September 3rd for construction sites throughout the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska Beginning at ...

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OSHA proposes rule to replace “outdated” limits on worker inhalation of deadly silica dust

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 28, 2013

OSHA proposes rule to replace “outdated” limits on worker inhalation of deadly silica dust

In order to update 40-year-old standards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced a rule with the goal of lowering worker exposure to crystalline silica. Exposure to the substance, composed of ...

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