Monday, October 19, 2015

OSHA Announces "TOP 10" Citations for FY2015

At the 2015 NSC Congress & Expo, OSHA announced the preliminary "Top 10" most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2015. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the "Top 10" on the Expo floor.

“In injury prevention, we go where the data tell us to go,” said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “The OSHA 'Top 10' list is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety excellence.”

The "Top 10" for FY 2015 are:
  • Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,721
  • Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,192
  • Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,295
  • Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,305
  • Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 3,002
  • Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,760
  • Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,489
  • Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,404
  • Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,295 
  • Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 1,973   
  • The resolution of these safety issues should be priority at every workplace in the U.S.  These are the items that cause the majority of the deaths and injuries and these same topics are those which OSHA Compliance Officers look for and find most often.
    Classes for these issues are available at the CSC

Monday, October 12, 2015

Call for Abstracts-March 7 & 8, 2016-deadline is October 16th

Call for Abstracts 
Annual Construction Expo & Safety Conference
March 7 & 8, 2016
Deadline for Abstracts is October 16th 
Tentative Schedule:
Monday, March 7
Professional Development Seminars
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 8
Safety Sessions
7:00 a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Construction Expo (Sponsored by ASA Chicago)
9:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Call for Presentation Abstracts
Dear Colleagues in Safety,
Plans have begun for the Annual Construction Expo and Safety Day.   It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a proposal for presenting at this event once again being held at Drury Lane Oak Brook Terrace. The conference is scheduled for March 7 & 8, 2016. March 7 will consist of a small amount of professional development sessions. These sessions will be 4 hours each and will run from 8 am - 12 pm. March 8 will feature a full day of shorter sessions that will run from 7:00 - 4:30 pm and an Expo sponsored by ASA Chicago.
Each year, participants have been very complimentary about our efforts to recruit superior speakers with timely, accurate and useful information..... speakers with the ability to deliver in an effective and interesting style. That's why we are inviting you to submit an abstract.   If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please submit an abstract no later than October 16, 2015. We need to get our registration materials out in a timely please pay close attention to the deadline date.
Your proposal should include:
Title of presentation or roundtable discussion
Name & titles of all presenters
Your name and contact information, including phone and email                                          
Suggested duration
Level of technicality -- basic, intermediate or advanced
1-2 descriptive paragraph for your session
Short bio for you and co-presenter(s), including prior speaking engagements
For those of you who have submitted in the past, there is no longer a form to fill out. A simple email with the items above included will be sufficient.
We encourage you to pick a topic that will bring new and/or needed information to the attendees, and also one that you feel that you can deliver in an interesting presentation. The topics may range from basic to advanced. We ask that you categorize your topic so that we can make sure that we promote it to the right audience.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Please send your submittal no later than October 16, 2015 to:
Patti Romero, Business Manager, Construction Safety Council, 4415 W. Harrison Street, Suite 404, Hillside, IL, 60162 or fax to: 708-449-8604. You may also email to:

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Labor report shows drop in Hispanic worker fatalities

Labor report shows drop in Hispanic worker fatalities, rising deaths in construction and oil and gas industries.

Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show that the rate of fatal work injuries in 2014 was unchanged from 2013, at about 3 per 100,000 full-time workers, but the total number of fatalities grew, reflecting an overall increase in employment. According to the data, 789 Hispanic workers died on the job in 2014, down from 817 in 2013. Meanwhile, the number of fatalities grew in the construction industry and the oil and gas extraction industry. OSHA continues extensive outreach and strong enforcement campaigns in both industries to counter these trends. In a statement on the BLS report, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said, "Far too many people are still killed on the job — 13 workers every day taken from their families tragically and unnecessarily. These numbers underscore the urgent need for employers to provide a safe workplace for their employees as the law requires."

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Small Entity Compliance Guide for Confined Spaces in Construction

The Small Entity Compliance Guide for Confined Spaces in Construction is now published and available electronically at, and on the construction confined spaces webpage  

The guide is much easier to read and follow than regulatory text, and we hope it will be useful to your students and construction employers working to come into compliance with the new standard.