Trenching & Evacuation Safety 10/09/2018
U.S. Department of Labor Updates National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation Safety
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated the National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities. NEP will increase education and enforcement efforts while its inspectors will record trenching and excavation inspections in a national reporting system, and each area office will develop outreach programs. The emphasis program began October 1, 2018, with a three-month period of education and prevention outreach. For more information, read the news release .
Bike Lanes May be Preserved around Construction Sites
Councilwoman Carlina Rivera is drafting legislation to establish penalties when contractors don’t preserve established bike lanes, or create temporary new lanes, around construction sites. Rivera stated on Monday that,”We’re going to be introducing legislation to make sure that when we have construction in our city that they are taking cyclists into account and making sure that bike lanes are opened for every single rider”. Rivera hopes to introduce the bill by the end of October.
OSHA Seeks Members to Serve on Committee for Improving Construction Workers’ Safety and Health
OSHA is accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health . The group advises the Secretary of Labor on developing standards and policies affecting the construction industry. OSHA is seeking employee, employer, state safety and health agency, and public representatives with experience and expertise in construction-related safety and health issues to fill 14 vacancies.