Just wear your damn mask, and other risk management strategies

The last post I published here at AECforensics.com was a recap of the 2019 West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar. As I write this in the last days of June, it makes me a little sad to think about the conference we should have had this year in May, but obviously could not. For me … Continue reading Just wear your damn mask, and other risk management strategies

New Steel Reinforcing and Post-Tenioning safety requirements coming to CA in 2018

Retrofit Magazine shared the following major construction safety news announcement: The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) has voted to adopt the Iron Workers (IW) safety standard updates for reinforcing steel and post-tensioning activities. California is the first state-approved OSHA plan to work with the IW to reform existing safety standards. The IW … Continue reading New Steel Reinforcing and Post-Tenioning safety requirements coming to CA in 2018

Rare manslaughter conviction handed down to construction project manager for safety lapse

Shane Hedmond, at Construction Junkie, recently shared the following: Just last week, an Encino, California man was sentenced to 6 months in county jail and 18-months of supervised release after an excavation collapse killed one of his employees, according to the Ventura County Star.  The project manager, who was acting as an unlicensed contractor at … Continue reading Rare manslaughter conviction handed down to construction project manager for safety lapse

A reminder of just how much progress the AEC industry has made with regards to safety

Just a few short months ago, in May, two construction workers were killed due to unsafe working conditions at a site in Navi Mumbai, a suburb of sorts to the Sai Mannat business hub in India. While the deaths should have prompted outrage and collective demand for improving safety conditions, that's just not the way … Continue reading A reminder of just how much progress the AEC industry has made with regards to safety

Questionable DIY-worthy activity: underground tunneling

Submitted for your approval, below is a video that is part of an entire series of videos on YouTube depicting a guy working on excavating a tunnel all by himself, using primitive tools. On the one hand, the idea that someone is constructing a massive tunnel by themselves, using hand tools, working shirtless and barefoot … Continue reading Questionable DIY-worthy activity: underground tunneling