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.
In support of Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit that provides specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans at no cost to them, Western Summit’s project team constructed an entire house foundation for U.S. Army Cpl. Nick Orchowski, a veteran who was severely injured while serving in Iraq.
When working below ground-level, safety is a top concern. Dirt doesn’t really have a conscious, and it won’t care if people are in a trench when it decides to cave in. That’s why trench safety equipment is more important than the job itself, and companies like National Trench Safety (NTS) have dedicated time, equipment and money to the cause.
Even with easy-to-access maintenance features, a compact excavator that is running a large job or project will unfortunately often miss routine maintenance checks. All maintenance is important for extending the life and integrity of a machine, and there are a few routine procedures that should never fall to the wayside — no matter how busy the job.
Safe work is efficient work and efficient work is profitable work. Any contractor who’s been around the track a few times knows that these statements are true. The “P&L effect” of a safe work environment, and the importance of OSHA compliance, are equally good reasons to choose the most effective training program for your workers.
In 1978, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) mandated the use of a trench protection system for all excavations deeper than 5 ft. And 35 years later, trench safety is just as important with protection systems being used on jobsites all across the country.