February 19, 2015

Fall Protection Industry January Month in Review

Every month, we at W.S. Safety like to share construction safety related news from around the globe. Here are a few highlights that we found newsworthy this January.

January offered a new year and new OSHA regulations regarding the reporting of accidents in the workplace. This revised recordkeeping rule included two changes according to their website – First, the rule updates the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records, due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates. Second, the rule expands the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employers must report to OSHA. To see the full report from OSHA, please click here.

In New York City, revisions to construction codes will affect development and building designs. Important changes include safety changes to cantilevers, high-rise building, stairway connections, accessibility, major enlargements and mold-resistance, to name a few. To read more on the New York City Construction Codes, please click here.

In Edmonton, Alberta, PCL Builders reached a new two-year agreement, signed on Jan. 6, with the 450 members of the Construction Workers Union, CLAC Local 63. The new agreement is reported to give workers higher wages and better benefits. For details on the agreement, please click here.

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the GAF based out of Parsippany, NJ, has partnered to launch the GAF Commercial Roof Safety Guide which will focus on low-slope roofing safety. The website will feature a series of webinars with the first scheduled on Jan. 21. The focus will be to provide health and safety resources relating to the roofing industry. For more information regarding this program, click here.

W.S. Safety would like to offer congratulations to the 18 winners of the annual NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) named by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The award ceremony was held during the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on January 22. For a list of the SAFE award winners, please click here.

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