Scaffolding Safety Requires Employer Vigilance to Protect Workers

An estimated 2.3 million workers, or 65% of the construction industry, work on scaffolds, and thousands of workers are injured every year in scaffolding-related accidents. Scaffolding is consistently ranked third on OSHA’s Top Ten List of the most frequently cited standards violations. These statistics are an indication of how vitally important it is for employers […]

Lockout/Tagout Controls Hazardous Energy and Safeguards Workers

Energy sources, including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal or other sources in machines and equipment can be extremely hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can cause serious and even fatal injury to employees. According to OSHA failure to control hazardous […]

Employers Have Responsibilities to Protect Temporary Workers

Temporary workers are those supplied to a host employer and paid by a staffing agency, whether or not the job is actually temporary. Whether temporary or permanent, all workers always have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. The staffing agency and the staffing agency’s client (the host employer) are joint employers of temporary […]

OSHA Short Courses Offer Safety Fundamentals

OSHA offers short courses ranging from 4-8 hours in length to provide the fundamentals of safety on a variety of topics. Shorter courses give employers and workers an affordable and practical opportunity to learn key elements of occupational safety and health on specific subject matter that is relevant to their individual workplaces. The OSHA Training […]

WATER. REST. SHADE. Keep Workers Safe in the Heat

OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention Campaign, launched in 2011, educates employers and workers on the dangers of working in the heat. Through training sessions, outreach events, informational sessions, publications, social media messaging and media appearances, millions of workers and employers have learned how to protect workers from heat. OSHA standards require employers with workers exposed to high […]