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Top 4 Job Health Hazards and How to Prevent Them

When we think of safety concerns in the construction industry, we tend to think of things like fall protection, lockout/tagout, ladder use, etc. However, there are other hazards, more common in construction, that can affect workers’ health in the long run. 

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Health

Designing Buildings for Wellness

Whether inside or outdoors, our surroundings can have a profound impact not just on our mood, but our overall well-being. People seek peaceful respite in nature to re-energize and refresh their spirits, partly as a change of scenery from their office or home, where they spend the vast majority of their waking hours.

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Canada

Proven Ways to Keep Workers Safe

Going to work for many people can be hazardous and even deadly. Canadian workers compensation boards reported that 904 workers died due to work-related causes and almost a quarter of a million workers reported lost-time injuries in 2016.

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Featured

7 Habits of Successful Safety Managers

The best safety managers live and breathe health and safety, and their passion shows through their interactions with employees. Buy-in from workers and management are necessary for a successful safety program, along with open communication and training.

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Health

Top Habits of Successful Safety Managers

The best safety managers live and breathe health and safety, and their passion shows through in their interactions with employees. Buy-in from workers and management are necessary for a successful safety program, along with open communication and training.

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Health

4 OSHA Tips for a Successful Safety Stand-Down

A construction worker is chipping a trash chute hole in the floor, and falls through to the level below. A painter-contractor working on a transmission tower unhooks his safety lanyard for just long enough to shift position and plummets 80 feet.…

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Health

OSHA Takes Flight With Drone Use

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is charged with reducing worker injuries and fatalities on America’s jobsites. Construction work is an especially dangerous occupation, so it’s an industry that receives a lot of attention from the agency.…

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Health

Building a Safer Future One Worker at a Time

Non-English speakers don’t always understand safety information on construction jobsites, which could put them at risk of injury. To tackle this issue, the National Hispanic Entrepreneurs’ Organization (NHEO) Institute set out to bridge the line of communication between companies and their non-English-speaking workers through its Building a Safe Future Campaign

The organization estimates that it exceeded its goal of reaching 1 million people in 2018, according to Jackeline Ardon, the corporate communications specialist at NHEO Institute.…

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Health

It’s Not Time You Need To Manage, It’s Your Energy

There’s continuing evidence that working longer hours and more days hinder production instead of improving it. Unfortunately, modern construction schedulers and planners don’t take that into account. And, because of deep-seated business views on workday length, it’s not likely things will change any time soon.…

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Australia

Searching for Solutions for Sleep-Deprived Workers

Construction is a demanding business, and for many of us, catching up on sleep is high on the to-do list during Christmas close-down! Insufficient quality sleep and the resulting worker fatigue are a problem all year round—and they are increasingly recognised as a contributing factor to work-related accidents and injuries.…

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Health

Flint Officials Say Milestone Reached in Lead Line Work

DETROIT (AP) — Flint officials said Tuesday they are a year ahead of schedule in tackling a court-mandated order to deal with lead service lines as the Michigan city recovers from its contaminated water crisis, but an environmental group that sued to make changes disputes the accomplishment.…

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Health

Is Your Business Prepared for a Natural Disaster?

With natural calamities now regularly impacting nearly every state, there's little escape from the destruction. For construction business owners of all stripes, these weather events pose a double challenge—recovering the business and recovering the projects.…

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Health

Marine Combat Veteran Kills 12 in Rampage at California Bar

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Terrified patrons hurled barstools through windows to escape or threw their bodies protectively on top of friends as a Marine combat veteran killed 12 people at a country music bar in an attack that added Thousand Oaks to the tragic roster of American cities traumatized by mass shootings.…

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Australia

Changing Lives for the Better with Livable Design

While many developers are embracing the latest green designs in their buildings, we are now hoping that more will consider 'livable options' in the design phase.

Livable options incorporate some simple design changes that will be of considerable help when it comes to meeting the needs of Australian occupants better.…

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Australia

Five Minutes to Better Quality

Improving build quality doesn’t have to mean adding a fortune to the budget bottom line. According to Master Builders Victoria Sustainable Building Advisor, Dr Phil Alviano, taking “five minutes of care” can deliver major wins in terms of compliance and quality.…

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Health

New Technology Can Help Increase Work Zone Safety

Keeping workers safe on road construction sites is an ongoing problem, underlined by the fact that the number of fatalities at these sites increase the more projects are underway. “From 2011 to 2016, 532 construction workers were killed at road construction sites, more than double the total for all other industries combined,” according to the Second Quarter Data Report from The Center for Construction Research and Training.…

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Australia

Take a Safety Moment for your Wellbeing

October is National Safe Work Month, and Safe Work Australia has been encouraging everyone to “take a safety moment” to reduce the risk of injury in their workplace.

According to WorkSafe data, in 2017, 191 people went to work and never came home, losing their lives in workplace accidents.…

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Australia

How Your Architect Can Help You Have a Safer Worksite

When it comes to reducing injuries and deaths in the construction industry, there is a growing emphasis on the use of Safety by Design principles. The goal is to take the highest order approach to reducing risks by designing buildings and construction methodologies in a way that makes the process of construction a safer one.…

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Health

Safety First. And Last.

Your construction company has a safety program. Of course it does! Every man and woman on your jobsite knows to wear a hardhat and safety vest, knows when it’s a good idea to tie off, and knows how best to avoid striking one’s thumb with a hammer.…

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Australia

Preventing Exposure to Carcinogens on the Jobsite

A well-known workplace risk associated with the construction industry is skin cancer, resulting from high levels of sun exposure on jobsites.

But did you know that solar ultraviolet radiation is not the only carcinogenic, that is cancer-causing, risk construction workers could be exposed to?…

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Australia

Why Asbestos Should be on your Mind and How to Manage the Risks

Currently, one of the most active markets for trades and builders is the refurbishment and renovation sector. Conversions of low-grade commercial properties to multi-residential are becoming more and more common. Many other commercial properties are undergoing substantial redevelopment and refurbishment into higher-grade, more modern offices.…

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Australia

Taking Sustainable Building Beyond Design

Developed and administered by the International WELL Building Institute, the WELL building rating system takes sustainable building far beyond the initial completion of a project. It takes a deeper look at the ongoing relationship between the building and the wellbeing of those who live and work in it.…

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Australia

Finding MATES a Key to Improving Mental Health on the Jobsite

Suicide prevention is an important consideration for every industry. It is particularly crucial for the construction industry due to its male-dominated nature and the prevalence of stigma surrounding mental health.

In order to find out more about this growing issue, Jobsite ANZ spoke with Carolyn Kelso, the Field Officer and Case Manager for MATES in Construction, an Australian charity devoted to reducing the suicide rate amongst construction workers.…

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Health

Awareness: The First Step in Addressing Opioid Addiction in the Construction Industry

Construction workers are among the most likely to be affected by opioid misuse or addiction. Exposed to greater risk for injury, they are more often prescribed an opioid to continue work and so to be more prone to dependence and addiction. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 14.3 percent of those working in construction from 2008 to 2012 had a substance abuse disorder.…

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Health

Causes and Prevention of Cancer in the Construction Industry

Workers in the construction industry develop certain types of cancer at higher rates than the general population. While the word “cancer” creates a visceral response of fear in anyone who hears it, there are ways of decreasing the risk of cancers that are more prevalent in construction than many other industries.…

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