DOL Audit Suggests Workplace Injuries Often Go Unreported

After conducting an audit of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s workplace accident reporting process, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General concluded that severe on-the-job injuries may go unreported half of the time. OSHA introduced stringent new reporting standards in January 2015, but the OIG audit suggests that many employers in Connecticut and … Read moreDOL Audit Suggests Workplace Injuries Often Go Unreported

OSHA: Prevent Heat-Related Illness in the Summer

Summer, in Connecticut and across the U.S., puts both indoor and outdoor workers at risk for heat-related illnesses. OSHA requires employers to have a heat illness prevention program in place if their employees are exposed to high temperatures. This program must incorporate three things: water, rest breaks and shade. Though construction sites see 40% of … Read moreOSHA: Prevent Heat-Related Illness in the Summer

Construction Industry Faces These Five Hazards in the Summer

The heat of summer puts construction workers in Connecticut and across the U.S. in danger. First, there is the risk of fatigue, which can lead to workers being inattentive and making bad judgments. Second, there is the possibility of developing a heat-related illness like heat rash or even heat stroke. Two other risks are dehydration … Read moreConstruction Industry Faces These Five Hazards in the Summer

Regulation Rollbacks May Put More Tired Truckers on the Road

For drivers in Connecticut, regulatory changes at the Department of Transportation (DOT) may spark greater concern about roadway safety. Reports indicate that the DOT is planning to loosen regulations that restrict the number of hours truck drivers can work at one time. Called hours-of-service regulations, the current law limits truckers to driving 11 hours within … Read moreRegulation Rollbacks May Put More Tired Truckers on the Road

DUI-Related Deaths Often Pique On July Fourth

Connecticut residents may not be surprised to hear that the holidays see more drunk driving deaths. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a program that collects data for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the worst holiday for DUI deaths is the Fourth of July. In eight years (2010 to 2017), there were 1,192 … Read moreDUI-Related Deaths Often Pique On July Fourth

GAO Report Highlights Dangers On DOD Construction Projects

Construction workers in Connecticut and around the country have some of the nation’s most dangerous jobs, but advances in life-saving equipment, stricter regulations and a greater focus on safety in both the private and public sectors have made building sites far safer in recent years. However, a recent study from the Government Accountability Office reveals … Read moreGAO Report Highlights Dangers On DOD Construction Projects

Estimates Indicate Truck Accident Fatalities Increased

According to estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when the 2018 statistics are finalized, the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents involving at least one semi-truck will show a 3% increase. A preliminary NHTSA report indicates that the number of car accident fatalities fell from 2017 to 2018 by 1% even though the … Read moreEstimates Indicate Truck Accident Fatalities Increased

OSHA’s Top Safety Violations For 2018

Every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a list of the top safety violations in Connecticut and around the country. At the top of the list for 2018 was fall protections which mostly relate to the construction industry. Employers need to make sure that there are protections in place whether an employee is … Read moreOSHA’s Top Safety Violations For 2018