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Contractors cannot rely on the site owner to guarantee the safety of contractor employees, just as owners must take steps to ensure that contractors perform work safely and in compliance with OSHA standards.

Although numerous OSHA leadership positions remain unfilled, OSHA has announced a new Director for the OSHA Directorate of Construction.

Third edition of my effort to summarize certain important employment law, OSHA, and labor developments, news and practical insight. I also include references to books and podcasts that you may find useful in becoming a better manager and addressing labor and employment challenges, as well as personal development. This week's edition has three pages of comments from readers and interviews in Part 2.

A few practical observations from this week's AGC-National Winter Safety Committee Meetings, and a bit of personal philosophizing about safety and character and the people making a difference in workplace safety. I mention some of the key topics covered, greatest concerns, and details on complying with the new Silica standard.

Never having to tell a wife or child that their loved one was killed at your worksite is reason enough to maintain a safe workplace, but businesspeople would be foolish not to also consider the legal costs of unsafe work practices.

A February 11 Houston Jury Verdict provided 54 million more reasons to go beyond words and develop and constantly improve effective safety processes. The problem is that there is a tendency to hire competent safety professionals ...

I don’t believe in coincidences, so when in the same day, I see pronouncements from OSHA, EHS-Today and BNA about why Texas is experiencing “so many” fatalities, I assume that Fed-OSHA is sighting on Texas contractors. Let’s be clear, I agree with a serious self-critical analysis of workplace fatalities in Texas. One is too many. However, politics always affects regulatory and enforcement efforts and Texas is not one of the Administration’s ...

First, hats off to our hosts, Master Builders and Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania, who took the attendees to a Pirates-Padres game and better introduced us to the vibrant city of Pittsburgh. The content of the last two Committee meetings has also been outstanding. I’ll try to later post more information.

A. OSHA’s New Construction Confined Space Entry Standard

Jim Goss, the Government Affairs Committee, and a Pane of contractors ...

Not every commentator links character, love of family, and a commitment to one’s family, nation and industry to business success, but I’m convinced that the connection exists as much now as in the supposedly less complicated “Old Days.” Certainly our values and view of the world has changed much in my 55 years, but have certain core values and principles changed? I think not.

You may access this recorded webinar from last Thursday where industry experts thoughtfully discussed staffing and recruitment challenges, training, cranes, and a host of other safety and labor issues. Not as good as being at the AGC meetings (hint), but a more candid and nuanced discussion than generally available from a webinar or audio presentation.

Managing construction safety risks requires more than recognizing the most frequently cited OSHA standards or focusing on reducing the experience modification rate (EMR) and injury and illness rates.
As a starting point, risk professionals should divide their efforts into two separate (and not always related) categories:

•risk as a direct safety issue; and
•risk as a monetary issue.
Frustratingly, efforts to comply with OSHA standards may not ...

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