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Free Webinar Navigates Tricky Rigging

Industrial painting projects can pose complex challenges when it comes to rigging and scaffolding.


Water Tower Painters Killed in Fall

Two painters who reportedly were not wearing harnesses perished in a 100-foot fall when their scaffolding failed on a water tower project in Ohio, the Butler County Sheriff's office said.


OSHA Top 10 Sounds Grim Refrain

For the third straight year, fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection violations—in that order—lead the list of federal health and safety citations issue...


Painter Perishes in Fall from Bridge

Federal safety authorities are investigating the death of a painter who fell 100 feet from a Louisiana bridge that was undergoing repair.


GC, 5 Subs Fined on Power Plant Project

From shaky scaffolding to lead-paint hazards, more than 30 jobsite violations have landed six contractors from five states in trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


$750K Fine in 4 Deaths; Pot, Load Cited

A construction contractor that allowed six workers—including a supervisor who had just smoked marijuana—on a swing stage built for two has been fined $750,000 in the scaffold's fatal collaps...


Spider Introduces Team for Large Projects

Spider, a division of SafeWorks LLC, has launched the Spider Systems Group, a team that provides access and fall protection expertise for the “most complicated, mission-critical” projects.


Scissor Lift Topples, Kills 2 at Port

Two public-works employees were killed and a third was critically injured when a scissor lift they were working from toppled over in Port Everglades, FL,, hurling them several stories to the...


JLG Expands Latin America Distribution

JLG Industries Inc., a global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telescopic material handlers, has opened a newly renovated distribution center in Indaiatuba, Brazil.


Safway Buys Swing Staging Companies

Already one of North America's largest providers of access services and equipment, Safway Group has now acquired Swing Staging Inc. and four related companies.


Painter Did Not Tie Off, Employer Says

A bridge painter who drowned after falling from the Lewis and Clark Bridge in Washington State had been wearing a harness but had not tied off, his employer said Tuesday (Nov. 6).


1 Killed, 14 Hurt in Bridge Work Mishap

One worker was killed, one was in a coma, and 13 others were injured when a suspended platform fell Friday (Oct. 26) at the site of a mega-bridge being built off Hong Kong.


Fall Violations Lead OSHA’s Top 10

Fall-protection violations are now the leading cause of federal health and safety violations by employers, overtaking scaffolding violations for the first time in four years, new preliminary...


Safway Acquires N. American Coatings

Strengthening its position as a full-service provider for industrial coating projects throughout the U.S. and Canada, scaffold and access equipment supplier Safway Group has acquired North A...


Firm Fined $200K in 4 Scaffold Deaths

Rejecting a prosecutor’s plea to send a million-dollar message, a Canadian judge has fined an Ontario construction company $200,000 for the deaths of four immigrant workers who plunged 13 st...


Scaffold Failure Injures 4 at TX Plant

Four workers have been rescued from a 30-foot-deep pit after the scaffolding on which they were working failed at the Lubbock Wastewater Treatment Plant.


Monument Repairs to Take Until 2014

The earthquake-damaged Washington Monument will soon vanish under massive layers of scaffolding for a $15 million repair project that will last into 2014, the National Park Service has annou...


Golden Gate Bridge Blows Out 75 Candles

Her facelift is still incomplete, but the grand dame of American bridges is celebrating her 75th birthday in high style anyway.


4 Firms Fined in Bridge Painter’s Death

A Michigan industrial painting contractor bears the most responsibility among four companies cited in the death of a painter who fell from Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge in January and drowned,...


Larson Adds 2 Scaffold-Mounted Lights

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com has introduced two new scaffold-mounted work lights for industrial painting, abrasive blasting, shipyard work and other applications.


Audit: OSHA Too Slow on Rule Making

For those who view the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a slash-and-burn regulatory monster, the General Accountability Office begs to differ.


Firms Cited in Border Scaffold Failure

Three contractors have been cited in a massive scaffolding collapse that crushed cars and injured motorists and employees at California’s San Ysidro border crossing in September.


Crash Gores NYC Bridge Containment

The Coast Guard is investigating a crane crash that tore a 20-foot gash Tuesday night in a longstanding coating containment system underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.


Honeywell Exec to Head Safway Services

Safway Services LLC, the fast-growing North American provider of scaffolding and access equipment and services, has announced the appointment of Bill Hayes as President.


3 Groups Cited in Fatal Stage Collapse

A sound contractor, stagehand union and the Indiana State Fair Commission all share responsibility for the deadly collapse of steel staging that killed seven people at the fair in August.


Bridge Painter Feared Dead After Fall

A painter on Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge was missing and presumed dead after falling more than 100 feet into the river while working on the span.


Russia Probes Nuclear Sub Hull Blaze

A rubber hull coating blazed out of control for hours on a Russian nuclear submarine last week, before 400 firefighters and 170 emergency workers could extinguish the fire.


Forth Bridge Painters Call it a Century

The endless job has ended—and early, yet. After 10 years, painters have laid down their brushes at Scotland’s legendary Forth Bridge, ending a paint job that took more than 1,500 painters (u...


Painting Contractor Faces 9th OSHA Case

Federal authorities have slapped hefty fines on a Wisconsin painting contractor after one painter was found straddling the parapet of a highway overpass and another fell 25 feet from a bridg...


Webinar Tackles Scaffold Standards

Working from scaffolds and aerial lifts is not only a critical safety issue in protective coatings; it is also a leading area of federal safety violations for employers.


Safway Acquires Waco Scaffolding

Safway Services LLC has purchased bankrupt Waco Scaffolding & Equipment, a major provider of scaffolding and access equipment and services.


Reclaiming an Icon—and an Identity

It took more than 10 years, hundreds of man-hours, 250 gallons of primer, and 260 gallons of paint over 33,000 square feet—but Big Blue has regained its beloved old face.


Falls, Construction Still Top Workplace Dangers

The good news: Slightly fewer Americans are being injured on the job. The bad news: Millions are still endangered daily in the same old ways, with the construction industry still claiming th...


Spider Adds LA, NC District Sales Reps

Global access equipment provider Spider, a division of SafeWorks, has hired new district sales representatives for its operations centers in Charlotte, NC, and New Orleans.


Scaffold Law Effort Seeks Liability Shift

If an intoxicated worker who shuns a safety harness slips and falls 50 feet from a scaffold and breaks his neck, is the employer responsible?


Navy Awards $1.78M Containment Contract

A Texas contractor has won a $1.78 million Navy contract to build an environmental containment structure for abrasive blasting of submarines at the Puget Sound (WA) Naval Shipyard.


Scaffold Collapse Snarls US Border

A massive collapse of construction scaffolding shut down the world’s busiest land border crossing in Southern California this week, crushing 15 cars and sending 11 people to the hospital wit...


OSHA Gets Court Order to Protect Crew

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has taken the rare step of obtaining a federal court order to ensure that a New Jersey general contractor keeps a construction site safe and...


Golden Gate Painting Off to Slow Start

After months of scaffolding and containment construction, painting is finally underway—sort of—on the Golden Gate Bridge.


Scaffold Group Adds ‘Access’ to Name

The Scaffold Industry Association has changed its name, effective Oct. 1, to incorporate other access equipment.


Death Toll Rises in Scaffold Collapse; 2 Lawsuits Seek $60M

A sixth victim has died from injuries suffered in the collapse of a 10-story scaffolding stage at the Indiana State Fair, just as another victim has filed the first of what will likely be ma...


Deadly IN Scaffold Collapse Probed

Was the steel scaffolding that crushed five people and injured 45 others Saturday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds “a house of cards” structurally, or were other factors to blame?


OSHA Issues Lift Hazard Alert

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a hazard alert about the dangers of using scissor lifts to film events and functions.


Painter Survives 25-Foot Fall from Bridge

A Wisconsin painter is recovering after falling 25 feet from a bridge where he had been working.


New Museum Ship Rides Waves of History, Generosity

Raising a child just takes a village. Renovating the world’s largest bulk freighter for a new 100-year life takes battalions of painters, materials and equipment suppliers, sheet-metal worke...


Safway Patents Suspended Access System

Safway Services LLC has been awarded a patent for its QuikDeck Suspended Access System, a modular platform system that can be built in the air and configured to fit almost any shape or size.


Scaffold Firm Settles 3rd OSHA Case

New England’s self-described “premier scaffolding rental and erection company” has admitted to a serious federal violation in the collapse of scaffolding that sent a construction worker plun...


Tower Painter Survives 80-Foot Fall

A Pennsylvania industrial painter fell 80 feet to the ground and a fellow painter was left dangling in mid-air by his safety harness when their scaffolding gave way as they were painting a s...


Bids Sought for Capitol Dome Work

The Architect of the U.S. Capitol will accept bids Feb. 17 for professional painting and repair services for the Capitol Dome's cast-iron structure and masonry walls within the skirt area.


9th OSHA Case Labels NJ Transit Contractor a ‘Severe Violator’

A New Jersey contractor with a record of federal fall-protection safety violations has been cited again for work at a state train station—this time, leaving the company with a $69,300 fine a...


2 MO Contractors Jailed for OSHA Violations

Two St. Louis masonry contractors have been ordered jailed for repeatedly failing to comply with court sanctions enforcing citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Contractor Cites Worker Misconduct in 2 Deaths

A Missouri bridge painting contractor has appealed federal penalties in the deaths of two employees, saying his company took extensive, on-going steps to enforce worker safety.


Panel Affirms Fines in 2 Bridge Painting Deaths

An independent federal review board has upheld 18 citations and an $871,500 fine against a Missouri bridge painting contractor in the deaths of two workers killed weeks apart at the same wor...


OSHA Heightens Scrutiny of Shipbreaking Hazards

Marine coatings exposures, coatings removal and confined-space safety during ship demolition are facing new federal scrutiny as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration implements a...


Fall Hazards Again Top OSHA’s Violations List

Scaffolding, fall protection and ladder violations claimed three of the top five spots on OSHA’s list of violations in 2010—a record that has stubbornly persisted for years, officials said.


OSHA Hits Contractor with 4th Fine in 3 Years

A New York painting and masonry contractor cited and fined by federal authorities in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for scaffold and fall hazards now faces 15 new citations and an additional $225,200 f...


Worker on PA Bridge Project Survives 100-Foot Fall

A worker on a Pennsylvania bridge project survived a 100-foot fall from the bridge into a containment net on Monday.


BIS Expands in Benelux; 3M Buys Dailys Ltd.

The BIS Group has formed a new industrial surface protection unit in the wake of its acquisition of a majority stake in Mobile Brabant.


Frato Joins Spider as N.Y. District Sales Manager

Marc Frato has joined the Spider division of Safeworks LLC as district sales manager for the New York location, with responsibility for representation to the contractor and facility-owner ma...


Free OSHA Training Files on Respirators, Scaffolds

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Training and Reference Material Library has recently issued downloadable reference materials on scaffold safety and respiratory prote...


Tips Issued on Work Platform Safety

A new safety document for construction workers, "Mast Climbing Work Platform (MCWP) Safety Tips," has been developed through an Alliance Program between the Occupational Safety & Health Admi...


Scaffold Group Honors Industry Professionals

Ten prominent members of the scaffolding and access community were recognized with awards for their dedication and service to the Scaffold Industry Association at the industry awards dinner ...


Scaffold Issues Led OSHA Citations in FY08

Scaffolding violations (general requirements, construction 29 CFR 1926.451) accounted for the greatest number of citations and the second-highest penalties by the U.S. Occupational Safety an...


 
 
   

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