While construction companies need to focus on the “fatal four,” they also need to stay on top of emerging safety and health risks. Green jobs, new technologies, changes in business practices and in the workforce bring new dangers along with them. Some old health risks that haven’t gotten their fair share of attention before are now getting more focus.
Although there are things about construction jobsites that pose risks that are similar to those of any other type of work environment, there are also aspects that are unique to construction. Some of the unique and potentially harmful areas on jobsites are exposure to inclement weather, exposure to dangerous substances, susceptibility to illnesses, and muscle and bone injury.
When you are fatigued you are also going to have trouble focusing, understanding, and solving problems. But, you still need to work the hours necessary to get the job done. Here is practical advice for managing your energy, starting with taking stock of how your personal choices affect your energy stores.
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.
There’s a good reason for this lack of tolerance. Nearly 4,600 people die each year doing their jobs, and some three million are injured. The number one killer—falls.
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.
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.