Texas construction companies and their employees should be aware of a final rule issued by OSHA governing confined spaces on a construction site and safety. The rule will take effect on Aug. 3, 2015.
Texas residents may be interested to learn about a new cutting-edge high tech device that provides feedback regarding lifting techniques used by the worker. The device, manufactured by a startup company, is designed to be worn by the worker around his or her waist. It monitors muscle activity as the worker lifts objects, providing feedback to the worker through a wristband that tells him or her whether he or she is using proper lifting techniques.
Construction workers in Texas and around the country are more likely to be killed or injured in electrical accidents than workers in any other industry. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Electrical Safety Foundation International show that 52 percent of those killed in such accidents between 1992 and 2010 worked in construction. This was four times the death rate of professional and business services workers who were the group with the second highest number of electrical fatalities.
Employees in Texas may benefit from learning more about the workers' health and safety provisions provided under the state's labor code. The statute's general provisions appoint a division responsible for the collection of information on workers' safety and health in order to identify and evaluate safety needs and services, such as insurance coverage.
Summers in El Paso are hot. Sure, it’s a dry heat. You try standing on an road surface as hot asphalt is being laid or pouring hot tar on a roofing project when the air temperature is already in the upper 90s or above 100 degrees. It's a dry heat, but then again, so is your oven.
For construction workers here in Texas, falls are always a concern. Falls are always dangerous because of gravity, which causes a worker to accelerate the further they fall. In addition, workers injured in falls often suffer catastrophic and deadly injuries because they often have little control as they fall, often striking the ground or other objects with their head and neck.