Safety & Training

OSHA

Employee Representation During OSHA Inspections

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a Letter of Interpretation (LOI) authorizing non-unionized employees to select a union organizer or community activist to act as the employee’s representative during an OSHA inspection provided the representative was selected by the employees.

How to Blend Locator Technology and Visual Indicators for Ultimate Safety

Prep Talk

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With the growing utility demands of today’s world comes an ever-expanding network of infrastructure pathways necessary to support these services. Everything from sewer and water to natural gas and telecommunications requires methods of transportation to supply homes and businesses with these needs; typically, the most common route selected is to go underground.

Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

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Nearly a hundred NUCA members descended on the Nation’s Capital on May 6 for NUCA’s annual Washington Summit. For three days, NUCA members heardfrom poignant speakers on legislative issues that matter to the construction industry, discussed Congressional legislation and initiatives and lobbied Congress for infrastructure investmentand innovation.

Out with the Old

Out with the Old

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Many utility construction contractors have finally begun to find the off-ramp from the rough economic road they have been on for at least the past half-decade. As always, when the economy sags equipment owners hold on to their machines longer.

Job Hazard Analysis

JHAs Prevent Accidents and OSHA Violations

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A job hazard analysis (JHA) helps prevent accidents and OSHA violations by foreseeing and eliminating hazards. JHAs, also known as job safety analysis (JSA), may be used in different ways to analyze a project or a specific task. In this article, we will discuss the use of a JHA to prepare for a new construction project. We should probably call this a project hazard analysis.

Chapter News

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Members and staff of NUCA of Colorado recently volunteered their Saturday to work on the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora, Colo. The highly motivated crew hit the day early performing various tasks to help the limited staff at the institution that provides families of critically-ill children with an inexpensive home away from home.

Working in Cold

Working in the Cold

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The 2012-2013 Farmers’ Almanac says, “Temperatures will be much colder this winter from the East Coast westward to a line from the Dakotas to Texas.” Other parts of the country are expected to be a little warmer than normal

Efficiency Production’s Build-A-Box

Trench Shoring and Shielding Showcase

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Since 1989, Efficiency Production’s Build-A-Box has been the industry’s standard modular aluminum trench shield system. The company’s Build-A-Box can be assembled in minutes to a wide variety of two-, three- or four-sided configurations. This flexibility enables work crews to make on-the-spot design changes to meet job requirements in conditions ranging from light to extreme.