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New ANSI standards for aerial lifts begin; is the construction industry ready?
After years in the making, the new ANSI standards started June 1st and affect all telescopic boom, articulated boom and scissor lift aerial work platforms.
June 2, 2020
How to use cloth face masks to combat coronavirus spread on construction jobsites
Now that face masks are much more than dust-inhalation preventive measures on the jobsite, OSHA is now offering guidance on how best to use cloth face coverings to combat coronavirus. First, OSHA says that cloth face coverings are not PPE, nor are they an appropriate substitute for PPE such as N95 respirators or medical face […]
June 1, 2020
Two workers killed after trench collapse in Mississippi
Two workers died after a trench collapse May 19 in Starkville, Mississippi. Zachary Wayne Osbourn, 36, and William Kizzire, 19, both from Alabama, were on a residential sewer installation job for Southern Civil Contracting of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, when the 10- to 12-foot-deep trench they were in collapsed, according to news reports. Osbourn died at the […]
May 28, 2020
National Trench Safety Stand Down coming in June
Hundreds of jobsites around the country will take part in the annual Trench Safety Stand Down week to be held June 15-19. Sponsored by the National Utility Contractors Association, this year’s event marks the first time it will be part of the inaugural Trench Safety Month. “Making this June Trench Safety Month emphasizes the valuable […]
May 21, 2020
A deep dive into coronavirus guidelines for construction sites
The Department of Labor and OSHA's guidelines and contractor tips for protecting work crews from the coronavirus. Learn more here on Equipment World.
May 6, 2020
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How construction contractors are working safely amid coronavirus threat
Trying to get a job done safely has taken on added significance as contractors deal with the coronavirus pandemic on the job. Contractors readily argue that their work has a natural social distancing aspect: operators are in cabs and those working around a machine are outdoors and typically far enough from each other to maintain […]
May 4, 2020
Florida contractor faces $300K penalty: Workers in unsafe trenches, exposed to raw sewage
OSHA issues citations to the Florida construction company for trench violations and exposure to raw sewage without protection. Details on Equipment World.
April 28, 2020
Contractors in Fla., Ga. face 6-figure penalties following deaths on highway projects
Contractors overseeing road construction on I-4 in Florida and I-285 in Georgia face penalties regarding worker injuries and deaths. Details on Equipment World.
April 16, 2020
Speed cameras in work zones gain traction in some states
Camera enforcement of speed limits in work zones is gaining traction in some states. Find out how it works and what you need to know on Equipment World.
April 13, 2020
Construction firms hold safety stand down for coronavirus
Construction companies around the country stopped work briefly today for a national coronavirus safety stand down organized by the Associated General Contractors of America. During the event, crews broke into small groups with members practicing social distancing. The time was spent going over all new practices and procedures workers must follow to protect themselves […]
April 9, 2020
Worried about coronavirus on the jobsite? HCSS delivers social-distancing-friendly digital construction safety talks
While construction workers generally don’t gather into large groups every day, the need for social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak is still a concern. And if there is one time when site workers do gather into a group it is the daily or weekly safety briefing. But thanks to technology, this briefing need not be […]
March 25, 2020
V.P. Pence asks construction industry to donate masks
At a press conference March 17, Vice President Mike Pence asked all construction companies in the United States to donate their N95 masks to local hospitals and medical clinics to help protect medical teams and patients and slow transmission of the coronavirus. He also asked that construction companies forgo ordering more N95 masks during the […]
March 18, 2020
3 highway workers killed in work zone crash on I-40 in NC
Three workers performing guardrail work along Interstate 40 in North Carolina died after a truck driver crashed into their work zone. The crash occurred at 3:30 a.m. February 27 in Iredell County near Statesville when state troopers say the driver of a 2019 Freightliner box truck crashed into an attenuator truck that had a flashing […]
March 11, 2020
7 trench collapse deaths reported so far in 2020 in separate cases in NY, NC, TX, OH, WA, NJ
There have been seven trench collapse deaths so far in 2020. Learn more about these trench collapses and each tragic death here on Equipment World.
March 5, 2020
NAPA unveils new training, podcast and survey to aid asphalt industry
The National Asphalt Pavement Association has started out 2020 with three programs to help the asphalt road construction industry. The initiatives consist of a series of web-based work zone safety training modules, a podcast with interviews of industry leaders, and a survey to measure the use of in-place recycling technologies for pavements. Training […]
March 4, 2020
Contractors fined $265K for trench collapses, including fatal cave-ins in Ala., Miss.
This year is starting out to be a costly one for contractors cited for trench violations by the U.S. Occupational Health & Safety Administration. OSHA issued proposed penalties totaling $264,670 in January for five separate trench collapses, including cave-ins in Alabama that killed two workers and one in Mississippi that killed one worker. OSHA reported […]
February 11, 2020
Trenching experts spell out OSHA Confined Spaces compliance, warn against ‘choosing your rules’
A truck is parked beside a manhole that a worker has just entered. It’s a cold day so the truck is running, but no one’s thinking about the hazardous fumes heading down the hole. Unfortunately, it’s one of countless daily evidences that OSHA’s confined spaces standards for the construction industry are widely misunderstood and frequently […]
December 24, 2019
6 highway workers injured when suspected drunken driver crashes through work zone
Six highway workers on Interstate 66 in Arlington, Virginia, were hospitalized after a suspected drunken driver crashed into their work zone December 5 with his SUV. The contractors from Southern Traffic Services were installing and maintaining traffic-data stations for the Virginia Department of Transportation, according to Ellen Kamilakis, senior public affairs officer with VDOT’s Northern […]
December 9, 2019
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Video: Volvo Excavator Prototypes Reveal Formidable Strength in Electric Development
Amid a flurry of electric construction equipment news to start 2021, Volvo has introduced two battery-electric excavator prototypes that are different in more ways than one. We dig into those excavators and Volvo's electric advantage in this video.
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2021 Fleet Technology Trend Report
The latest Fleet Trends Report shows that fleets continued to leverage technology to build resilience and improve their business performance.