Tag: OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the United States Department of Labor. Congress established the agency under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which President Richard M. Nixon signed into law on December 29, 1970. OSHA’s mission is to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance”. The agency is also charged with enforcing a variety of whistleblower statutes and regulations.

Basic Trench Safety for Excavation Contractors

Basic Trench Safety for Excavation Contractors

Trenching and excavation are some of the most hazardous construction jobs in the industry. According to Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), trench collapses are rarely survivable, primarily due to the weight of soil. One cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 pounds—roughly equal to the weight of

OSHA and NIOSH Team Up to Offer Updated Heat Safety App

OSHA and NIOSH Team Up to Offer Updated Heat Safety App

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and OSHA have collaborated to update OSHA’s original Heat Safety Tool. The updated app, available for both Android and iPhone, provides a clearer user interface, while still providing the same information to help keep workers safe when working outdoors in hot weather. Extreme

Komatsu America Corp. introduces new PC290LL-11 Log Loader

Komatsu America Corp. introduces new PC290LL-11 Log Loader

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., May 1, 2017 — Komatsu America Corp., a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today introduced the new PC290LL-11 as an addition to its current log loader product lineup.  Featuring a 196 net horsepower, EPA Tier 4 Final, Komatsu SAA6D107E-3 engine, the new PC290LL-11 is available in either a

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Trenching and excavation are some of the most hazardous construction jobs in the industry. According to Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), trench collapses are rarely survivable, primarily due to the weight of soil. One cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 pounds—roughly equal to the weight of

How to Promote a Strong Safety Culture

How to Promote a Strong Safety Culture

I’ve been in the garbage business for more than 50 years. I’ve never seen a safety incentive program that has worked beyond the initial phase, although there may be some out there. Safety incentive programs usually can’t sustain for a few reasons.

Construction Job Site Safety: Fear the Fine

Construction Job Site Safety: Fear the Fine

No contractor wants to make headlines because of a trench collapse. When a collapse results in the death of a laborer? That’s tragic, and the resulting fines and lawsuits could be enough to put even large contractors out of business.

But it doesn’t take a fatality for contractors to suffer a

Proceed With Caution

Proceed With Caution

At the end of the month, the solid waste industry will be gathering in Reno, NV, for SWANApalooza 2017. As there has been in the past, the conference will include the Road to Zero Waste Conference, the Landfill Gas & Biogas Symposium, the Landfill Symposium, and the Landfill Methane Outreach

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