That Was No Accident!

When you hear the word “accident,” you probably think of an unexpected, random event that no one could foresee or prevent. Accidents “just happen.” However, most workplace injuries and illnesses don’t just happen—they are usually predictable and preventable. That’s why OSHA calls them “incidents” instead of “accidents.” While using a different word might seem like […]

Safety Walk-Arounds For Managers

This fact sheet provides guidance to help managers and business owners conduct safety walk-arounds to identify hazards in the workplace and communicate with workers about hazards in their jobs. There are at least two reasons why managers and owners should periodically conduct workplace inspections themselves. First, inspections demonstrate management’s commitment to improving safety and health […]

OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety & Health Programs in Construction Stress Find and Fix Approach to Job Site Safety

Establishing a safety and health program at your construction job site is one of the most effective ways of protecting your workers. Losing workers to injury or illness, even for a short time, can cause significant disruption and cost—to you as well as the workers and their families. It can also damage workplace morale, productivity, […]

OSHA Announces Updated National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation

OSHA has announced that it has updated the National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities.  The updated NEP is designed to increase education and enforcement efforts. The program began on October 1, 2018, with a three-month period of education and prevention outreach.  During this period, OSHA will continue […]

Fall Protection is Vital for Workplace Safety

OSHA requires employers to set up their workplaces to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. Fall protection must be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet […]