18May

OSHA 10 and 30 Certification and Refreshers: What's Involved



Construction is a dangerous business. In fact, it accounts for an astounding number of injuries and fatalities every year. But OSHA has developed certifications for a couple of safety programs that can help your business set itself above the competition by proving that you have a stronger dedication to on-the-job safety. In this post, we'll discuss the basics of OSHA 10 and 30 certification and refreshers and what it can do for your business.

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9May

Mud Season Ahead: How to Keep your Job Site Clean and Safe



If there's one thing you can count on in New England in the spring and early summer, it's that it's going to get muddy. Unfortunately, mud can cause some serious problems, from material damage to slips and falls. It can also flow into sewer systems, gumming up the works, and create a visual blight on the neighborhood. Here are some tips you can implement on how to keep your job site cleaned up and safe even through the mud season.

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4Apr

What Exactly is the National Safety Stand Down?



I still remember the first fall accident I saw in construction. I was 16 and acting as ground crew on a roofing job. The foreman and owner fell from a high pitch A-frame roof onto another roof below. It wasn't more than five or six feet, but he ended up rupturing his Achilles tendon, went through surgery and then spent a couple months off the work site recovering. His family had to scramble to make things work in the meantime to keep everything rolling with the business. The sad thing is, a simple safety harness would have prevented the injury, but in 1993, that was at the back of his mind.

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8Mar

Don't Let Bad Weather Stop You: Construction in Adverse Conditions



The New England states are well known for their extreme winters, while climate change is leading to some record-breaking summers. How do you keep your crew working during these extremes? By pre-planning your work and using creative problem solving, you can get a lot done in even the most demanding of conditions. Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning a job in poor weather or environmental conditions.

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2Mar

Lock Down: Keeping Your Equipment Safe with Better Work Site Security



We've all heard horror stories about job site equipment theft. How do you better secure your work site to ensure your equipment is still where you left it in the morning? Here are some tips to help you get started:

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17Feb

2017 OSHA Safety Regulation Changes - What You Need to Know



It's 2017 - do you know how your safety regulations are changing? There are a few changes to the overall OSHA safety regulations that need to be addressed both in terms of crew safety training and the tools used to keep your crew safe. We've summarized these changes below to give you a general overview of those changes, but you'll still want to make sure you clearly understand what the new regulations are and what they mean to how your crew works. Here's the basics of what you need to know.

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5Jan

Cool Runnings: Winterizing Your Construction Truck for Safety and Work



When you work in construction, your truck is just as essential a part of your business as your tools, suppliers and customers. When your truck is running reliably, it's easy to take this vital asset to your daily life for granted. Winter can throw a lot at your truck: cold temperatures sap your battery power, slick roads make it difficult to maintain control, deep snow or slush makes it tough to get traction, while frost heaves wreaks havoc on your suspension and salt eats away at the frame and body. How do you stay ahead of it all? Here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for everything winter can throw at it.

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3Nov

The Top Five Major Crane Failures of 2016

When you work in construction, you always hear stories about machine failure on the job site, whether it was bad design by the architect, poor material quality or a completely unintended consequence over what would usually be an everyday task. Below are five serious crane failures for 2016. Unfortunately, some of them ended with tragedy. We hope this post will motivate you, and your crew, to take caution and use appropriate steps in every facet of your construction project.

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3Oct

Watch Where You're Pointing That Thing! A Quick Look at Nail Gun Safety

Though nail guns are an important tool, especially in residential construction, they can also be very dangerous. Nail gun accidents are responsible for over 37,000 emergency room visits every year, with 68% of accidents occurring on the job. Many thousand other accidents are never treated professionally, with two out of every five carpentry apprentices reporting a nail gun accident in their first four years on the job. Nail gun safety is no laughing matter and deserves a place in your business' safety training and procedures. Here's a look at how to keep nail guns working safely on the job.

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17Aug

OSHA and Keeping Your Cool in the Summer Sun: Work Crew Safety

When the heat is on, sometimes you don't have any choice but to keep on working. How do you keep your crew moving in the summer sun without risking heat-related injuries such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke that can put their lives in danger? Here are some tips to help keep everyone moving safely:

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