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Important OSHA Facts for Contractors

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a sect of the United States Department of Labor (DOL) focused on enforcing a wide array of rules and regulations designed to improve safety in the workplace. Before OSHA was established, there was little oversight to ensure that workers weren’t being exposed to unsafe working conditions, resulting […]

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Important OSHA Considerations for Oregon Contractors

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been cracking down on contractors in Oregon that fail to abide by labor laws, train their workers, and maintain safe project sites. The Oregon State Plan is unique to the Beaver State, and covers the majority of public- and private-sector employees, not including:  Federal employees  The United […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury in the Construction Industry Part 2

In part one of this two-part series, the OSHA defense attorneys at Cotney Construction Law discussed traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of head injury that can lead to brain damage and is prevalent in the construction industry. Construction workers have the highest risk of TBI. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury in the Construction Industry Part 1

Head injuries are common on the project site. Although workers are required to wear hard hats at all times when working, accidents happen, and even the most prepared contractors can find themselves being notified about a worker’s head injury when they least expect it. When a worker is struck, bumped, jolted, or otherwise impacted by […]

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Scared Straight: OSHA Edition

The construction industry has a reputation for being hazardous. Workers are asked to scale tall buildings, work around dangerous materials, and operate heavy machinery. There are innumerable ways for a worker to be injured, and it can be challenging for contractors to account for the conduct of every single worker.  The Occupational Safety and Health […]

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Prepare for Your Next OSHA Inspection With This Checklist

When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) arrives at your project site without warning, it’s too late to fix any lapses in project site safety that are currently present under your supervision. Suddenly, you’ve been issued a stop-work order and a citation, and your project is no longer on schedule to meet its deadline. […]

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How Safe Project Sites Help Contractors Save Money

According to the National Safety Council, the average cost of a medically consulted injury is $32,000. In other words, everytime you prevent a significant work-related injury you avoid paying what basically amounts to an additional salary, except with no return on investment (ROI). Safe project sites help contractors save money, but it can take some […]

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Remain OSHA Compliant with a Subscription Plan

When your company is steadily growing and taking on more and more projects, you can’t afford to have all of your attention trained on your bottom line and backlog of projects. You need to also ensure that you are following the most effective safety practices and complying with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. […]

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What is Combustible Dust? Part 2

In part one, the OSHA defense lawyers at Cotney Construction Law introduced combustible dust and detailed the various types of Class II locations where combustible dust can be found, as well as a comprehensive list of important definitions related to combustible dust. Now, an OSHA lawyer will continue to discuss this important topic, which is […]

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What is Combustible Dust? Part 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines combustible dust as a “combustible particulate solid that presents a fire or deflagration hazard when suspended in air or some other oxidizing medium over a range of concentrations, regardless of particle size or shape.” This dangerous substance can be found at “Class II locations” and is largely […]

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