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

Innovative technique protected sidewalks during Empire State Building retrofit

Timothy Schenck, writing for Engineering News Record, discusses the elaborate solution that was implemented during the Empire State Building’s retrofit in order to protect pedestrians: When engineers made plans to reinforce and upgrade the carrying capacity of the Empire State Building’s mast and tower by adding 39 tons of steel, they had to find a … Continue reading Innovative technique protected sidewalks during Empire State Building retrofit

Intellectual property spat over flesh detecting table saws heading to Federal Appeals Court

When I was working with the facilities management staff at San Diego’s iconic Air & Space Museum on the path to LEED Certification under the Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance program, I got a chance to see a really cool tool that could on its own improve safety statistics for construction workers. Especially for the … Continue reading Intellectual property spat over flesh detecting table saws heading to Federal Appeals Court

Quantifying the Return on Investment (ROI) of Construction Safety Programs

Safety First! That’s been the culture in construction for most of my life, but as we all know, safety was not always the highest priority in decades past for our industry. Back in the 70s, when OSHA, various trade associations, and — perhaps most importantly — the insurance carriers began cracking down on lax safety … Continue reading Quantifying the Return on Investment (ROI) of Construction Safety Programs

Safety First at one of the world’s most dangerous construction job sites

All this week I’ve been observing destructive testing at a high rise. At a building across the street, workers are taking down scaffolding from a 20+ story condo project after repairs were made to the building’s exterior. More than a few times over the past several days my colleagues and I have observed workers not … Continue reading Safety First at one of the world’s most dangerous construction job sites

Safety First? Concrete polisher gets away from crew in hilarious video

Fortunately, nobody was injured in this wild adventure. During construction of a facility, the concrete crew lost control of a gas-powered concrete polisher, and neighbors looking on captured the fairly dangerous but equally hilarious scene on video. Normally, the polisher’s handlebars are held by a worker who sort of floats the spinning polisher at the … Continue reading Safety First? Concrete polisher gets away from crew in hilarious video

Wearables for the built environment: Smart Hard Hats and Smart Glasses

Back in June of 2015, a relatively unknown company by the name of Daqri introduced an augmented reality-enabled hard hat that they dubbed the Smart Helmet. While there clearly is not yet massive adoption among the trades for a more than $1,000 hard hat, that doesn’t mean Daqri has ceased innovation. In fact, as Construction … Continue reading Wearables for the built environment: Smart Hard Hats and Smart Glasses