While the construction and engineering industry does come with a certain amount of inherent risk, contractors can be proactive about safety on projects. OSHA sets strict guidelines regarding fall protection measures because falls are commonly responsible for serious workplace-related injuries and deaths. The National Safety Council finds that falls from height are the reason for the most non-fatal days of missed work. Keeping this in mind, contractors and engineers should ensure that all employees receive regular preventative training. Additionally, when working from any height, workers should be provided with the appropriate fall protection system.
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It is somewhat surprising how creative workers can get when it involves scaffolding. Just when it seems all the questions have been answered, along comes a question that raises an issue that was never addressed. Challenge yourself to these questions and see if your answer agrees with the one given at the end of this article.
In the construction industry, falls are the leading cause of workplace fatalities according to OSHA. In 2015 alone, 350 workers lost their lives due to completely preventable accidents. The National Safety Council found falls are responsible for the most non-fatal missed days of work. Clearly, falls and related accidents can be a large liability for any commercial project. However, with proper fall prevention techniques, contractors can protect their employees and profit margins all at once.
When designing a construction project, few people realize that the designer often cannot answer common questions that arise during the construction process. The owner’s structural engineer, better known as the engineer of record (EOR), is hired primarily to design the project, but after the plans have been approved, the EOR does not get involved with the means and methods the contractor uses to deliver a finished project. This often leaves contractors flying blind, so to speak, as many times the plans contain errors or lack sufficient instructions. For these reasons, it is a good idea for contractors to hire their own, independent structural engineer, known as a contractor’s engineer.
Various standards and codes require that an engineer’s services are to be used for certain scaffold designs and installations. Is that really necessary? After all, thousands of scaffolds are constructed daily without any input from engineers. Furthermore, do these engineers need to be qualified engineers or will any engineer be acceptable? And even furthermore, aren’t scaffolds only to be designed by a qualified person. And even more furthermore, doesn’t the U.S. federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration, OSHA, have one regulation that requires a “registered professional engineer” and other regulation that requires a “qualified engineer?” Is there a difference? Can you be a qualified engineer without being a professional engineer and can you be a professional engineer without being qualified? The answer is yes, yes, yes and yes.
Are you aware of the regulations that govern demolition of buildings, bridges, and other structures? Did you know that regardless of the type of structure being demolished, the same set of OSHA standards apply?
Before you start tearing down that next structure, it’s important to have your safety protocol in place. You’ll want to be sure you comply with the appropriate OSHA standards, and that you’re taking the right steps to keep everyone in the area safe.
Earlier this year, OSHA made headlines for the way it would revise the regulations regarding fall protection for general industry.
Did you know about the change?
As explained in the regulations by the department itself, the modification accounts for modernization of technology along with updates to old regulations.
The future of stress analysis has actually been around for over 60 years!
Finite Element Analysis (FEA), also known as Finite Element Method (FEM) is being used in the most modern applications, but the methodology has been effective for over half of a century.
What can it do for your company? Keep reading to get a brief overview.
The suspension rope supporting a temporary platform is the single most important element of a suspended scaffold. You may not agree with this—too bad for you. What if the rope breaks? The platform can only go down and if you are at a considerable height, the result will be mostly unpleasant. Understanding this suggests that we should probably be sensitive to the condition of the rope to which we trust our lives.
Facade design is an important aspect of any building project, but that doesn’t mean simply considering what the exterior of the finished building will look like.
Facade access design is an essential consideration. A good system will allow for maintenance to take place safely and at a reasonable cost. Maintenance operations can include setting up advertising, cleaning windows, fixing damage and more.
Here are five essential things you need to know about facade access design.