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Final Crane Rule Enforcement Postponed

The U.S. Department of Labor announced last week that it is pushing back full enforcement of its new crane operator rule.


OSHA Finalizes Crane Operator Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health administration published a final rule last week that clarifies the certification requirements for crane operators, about eight y...


OSHA Finalizes Crane Operator Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health administration published a final rule last week that clarifies the certification requirements for crane operators, about eight y...


OSHA Reports on Irma's Toppled FL Cranes

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found that the three cranes that collapsed last year after Hurricane Irma tore through Mia...


OSHA Reports on Irma's Toppled FL Cranes

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found that the three cranes that collapsed last year after Hurricane Irma tore through Mia...


Union Using Video Games for Apprentices

A Pittsburgh-based engineers' union is combating the construction labor shortage by utilizing one key tool to help its crane operator apprentices: video games.


Deal Ends 17-Day Crane Strike in WA

Seattle crane operators are no longer on a 17-day strike thanks to a tentative deal struck between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 and the Associated General Contrac...


Golden Gate 'Trolleys' Could Spur Cable Painting

Painters working to maintain San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge may soon have a new tool at their disposal: A proposed $10 million “trolley” system along the bridge’s cables, to help ...


OSHA Extends Comment Period on Crane Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it will extend the comment period on the proposed crane operator certification rule.


OSHA Announces Change to Crane Regs

U.S. workplace-safety regulators announced last week that they plan to change regulations regarding crane operation again after rulemaking nearly a decade ago that spawned confusion and cont...


OSHA Nixes Capacity in Crane Certification

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that it is now proposing a rule to clarify its crane operating regulations.


Webinar to Answer Equipment Questions

Surface preparation-related equipment—how it can help, how to use it and how to maintain safety during use—is the topic of a webinar to be broadcast Wednesday (May 16) by PaintSquare.


Crane Simulator Provides New Training

Canada-based CM Labs Simulation recently released new virtual software with Vortex Construction Equipment Simulators that aims to teach crane operation in a dense urban setting.


FL Subcontractor Sues Over Irma-Snapped Cranes

A Florida subcontractor is suing a Pennsylvania crane company in the fallout of last fall’s Hurricane Irma damage.


FL Man Pinned Under Heavy Equipment

Rescue crews recently rushed to a commercial construction site in Miami-Dade, Florida, after reports said a man had been crushed by construction equipment.


Crane Topples at TX Site, Leaves Minor Injuries

Only minor injuries were reported on Wednesday (Jan. 10) after a lattice boom truck crane toppled over at a construction site in Austin, Texas.


OSHA Delays Crane Rule Once Again

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has extended the certification deadline for crane operators in its Final Rule, released late last week.


OSHA Issues $200K in FInes Over Unsafe Scaffolding

The U.S. Department of Justice recently reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is issuing a New Jersey Construction company nearly $200,000 in fines for violations r...


Worker Paralyzed in Accident Settles for $17M

A construction worker who suffered a broken neck from a work site accident settled his lawsuit last week for $17 million.


Donut Scaffolding Rises Around Space Needle

The largest renovation project that Seattle’s Space Needle has ever seen got started last month, and crews recently hit the crucial milestone of hoisting up some pretty unique scaffolding in...


OSHA Releases Top Violations in 2017

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has released its list of the top 10 violations for 2017. A new category, Fall Protection—Training Requirements, has made its way onto the l...


OSHA Reveals Top Violations for 2017

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has released the list of top 10 violations for 2017, which, though it has remained largely unchanged from 2016, sees the addition of a new c...


Falling Equipment Kills Atlanta Worker

A worker at an Atlanta construction site was involved in a fatal accident Friday afternoon.


Safety of Broken Crane Causes Dispute

One of three Miami cranes that snapped during Hurricane Irma has sparked a dispute between local government and the contractor who owns the crane, detailing whether or not the crane is actu...


Architect Wins Design Contest with Looping Towers

With the inclusion of a running track and a pool, Milan-based architect Peter Pichler’s design for an apartment complex in the Netherlands will act as both a hub for health and social activi...


Hurricane Irma Causes Cranes to Snap

Three cranes have snapped in the wake of Hurricane Irma, adding to the damage already caused by the storm's Florida landfall.


Residents Near FL Cranes Advised to Leave

Officials are telling residents in Miami living near high-rise construction sites to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma’s estimated arrival, according to local news reports, because of the dan...


Downtown Seattle to Get Residential Tower

A new residential tower will be gracing downtown Seattle’s skyline.


Bridge Firm Fined $189K Over Painter Fall

A Minnesota bridge-painting firm faces $189,000 in fines after two workers were injured in a fall at a jobsite in Portland, Oregon, earlier this year.


Worker Dangles From Scaffold at FL Site

A construction worker is safe after dangling from a scaffold for nearly an hour on Sunday morning in Sarasota, Florida.


Workers Trapped in Wet Concrete After Collapse

A dozen workers came away with only minor injuries last week when a building under construction in Oakland, California, partially collapsed.


Three-of-a-Kind Bridges Get Triple Rehab

Pittsburgh’s “Three Sisters” bridges are a landmark in the city: The triad of adjacent, identical structures are the only set of their kind in the United States. And, as Allegheny County off...


Throwing Shade: Boston Mayor Pushes for New Tower

Officials in Boston have begun pushing for the construction of a proposed 775-foot tower in Winthrop Square. Their opposition? The state’s shade laws.


Hayes to Helm Combined Brand-Safway Firm

Days after announcing their intent to merge, Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services and Safway Group have announced that current Safway chief executive Bill Hayes will be president and CEO o...


Painter Rescued after Scaffold Collapse

It took nearly an hour for rescue workers to lower a man more than nine stories after scaffolding collapsed, leaving the painter dangling off the side of the Grand Bay Resort in Key Biscayne...


Safway to Merge with Brand Energy

Two major providers of services related to blasting, painting and corrosion protection announced Monday that they will be merging.


Brand, Safway Announce Merger

Two major providers of services related to blasting, painting and corrosion protection announced Monday that they will be merging.


Containment by Design

Patti Seitz spent years as an architectural engineer working on buildings before she discovered that she finds designing containment and platforms for projects including bridge and water tan...


Crane on Massive Bridge Job Floats Away

A floating construction crane broke away from its moorings during a burst of wind early Wednesday at a Seattle bridge construction site, running aground in shallow water without causing any ...


Evacuations Lifted After Crane Safety Scare

More than a dozen buildings surrounding a high-rise construction project in downtown San Francisco had to be evacuated this week, when concerns about the stability of a crane and 2-ton concr...


Scaffolding Firm Exec Gets Jail Time

The owner of two New York-based scaffolding businesses that worked on city, state and private projects has agreed to spend 16 weekends behind bars and pay $2 million for underreporting milli...


OSHA Issues Tappan Zee Crane Collapse Fine

Federal workplace safety regulators say a corroded clamp on a vibratory hammer played a role in July's crane collapse on the massive Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York, and project contra...


SSPC Session Addresses Worker Health and Safety

Health and safety were the focus of a series of presentations Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 1) at SSPC 2017, where new standards and practical safety measures were addressed by experts in the fi...


OSHA Targets Four Firms after Fall

Four contractors face fines after a 33-year-old worker fell 11 feet to his death through an unprotected stairway opening at a housing complex under construction in Florida, according to auth...


Operator Faces Charges in CA Crane Fall

The crane operator on a California bridge construction site where two workers were killed in 2014 now faces charges of manslaughter and occupational safety violations in relation to the inci...


Drowning Attributed to Lack of Safety Measures

As they hand the investigation over to federal safety regulators, local authorities released more information regarding an accident that left one painter dead Nov. 4 after falling from a Kin...


Stucco Firm Stuck with $345K in OSHA Fines

A Pennsylvania stucco contractor is still facing nearly $345,000 in worker-safety fines after a judge upheld nine violations issued in 2014, but reduced the associated fines by more than $70...


OSHA Firms Up Stance on Slips, Trips, Falls

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published its long-awaited final rule regarding slip, trip and fall hazards for general industry.


Paint Breathes New Life into Iconic Jet

Coatings played a pivotal role in restoring a historic bomber jet that is now a key attraction at a Woodford, England, aviation museum.


New Rule Targets Slips, Trips and Falls

Federal workplace safety regulators have published a final rule in the Federal Register regarding slip, trip and fall hazards for general industry.


Repeat Fall Hazards Net $137K Fine

An Ohio highway construction company is facing $137,000 in federal fines for alleged repeat safety violations related to fall protection on highway bridges.


Painter Injured in 40-Ft. Water Tower Fall

Federal safety officials are investigating an accident outside Pittsburgh in which a scaffolding failure caused a painter to fall inside a water tower Monday (Nov. 14).


Acquisition Expands Safway’s Portfolio

Already one of North America's largest suppliers of scaffolding and equipment, Safway Group Holding LLC has announced the acquisition of Seattle-based SafeWorks LLC, a global leader in motor...


Safway Group Announces Acquisition

Safway Group Holding LLC, a leading North American scaffolding and equipment firm, is set to acquire SafeWorks LLC, a Seattle-based supplier of motorized suspended access equipment, in a dea...


2 Painters Rescued from MI Water Tower

State investigators are looking into what happened to cause two painters to fall into a Michigan water tower Friday (Nov. 4).


Painter Drowns after 5 Fall from Bridge

Emergency response crews were called to perform a water rescue after five painting contractors fell into the water from a bridge in Kingsbury, NY. One worker did not survive.


Top OSHA Hazards Persist

Fall-protection lapses have dominated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's annual list of the most frequently cited federal workplace safety violations in the U.S. for the fif...


Top 10 Hazard Trends Continue

For the fifth year in a row, fall protection has topped the list of most frequently cited federal workplace safety violations in the United States, according to an annual analysis.


Officials Investigate Partial Tower Collapse

Inspectors are working to determine what caused the top of a water tower in New Jersey to collapse late last week.


Mural Artist Dies in Scaffold Collapse

Authorities are investigating a deadly scaffolding failure at a mural project on a construction site in Hollywood, FL, according to local reports.


Condo Construction Accident Kills 1

Federal workplace safety regulators have opened an investigation after one person was killed and several others were injured Wednesday (Oct. 19) evening when building materials rained from t...


Haiti: Infrastructure Damage Impedes Aid

Still recovering from the devastating earthquake that struck six years ago, the Republic of Haiti was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew last week, in terms of infrastructure and housing destruct...


Hurricane Exacts Death, Destruction

As Hurricane Matthew churns toward the southeastern coast of the U.S., the devastation from the powerful Category Four storm is being assessed in the Caribbean, according to reports.


Painter Hurt in MD Tower Fall

A painter on a Maryland water tower job fell inside the structure Monday, sustaining injuries. Reports identify the painter as Roque Jose Castro, 31. He was working on an interior and exteri...


Painter Electrocuted at FL Jobsite

Federal safety authorities say they are investigating the recent death of a 50-year-old, experienced painter in Jacksonville.


NJ Architect Killed in Fall

Federal and local authorities are investigating the falling death of a New Jersey architect in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday (Sept. 15) afternoon.


OSHA Focuses on Shipyard Falls

As the first step in revising safety standards regarding falls in shipyards, federal safety regulators have issued a call for input on the requirements.


Corrosion Management in a Challenging Economy

The nature of today's working environment is changing as budgets become more constrained and the political landscape transforms around the world.


Safway Canada Buys Coating, Blasting Firm

Known for providing access and scaffolding equipment, as well as insulation, coatings and project management services, Safway Group Canada is expanding its presence in Western Canada with th...


Five Balconies Collapse in New York

Authorities are investigating what caused multiple balconies to collapse Tuesday morning at an aging apartment complex in Long Island, NY.


Footage Captures Tappan Zee Progress

Three years into what is considered to be one of the largest bridge construction projects in New York history, the New York State Thruway Authority has released a video chronicling progress ...


Get Pro-Level Knowledge from Free Videos

From corrosion protection to access equipment, a selection of new titles in the free PaintSquare Pro Video Series can help you stay on top of a variety of important industry topics.


Firm Seeks Coatings Assist on New Tech

A robotics startup is looking for a coatings industry partner to put its system to the test in a project conducive to automation.


Scaffold Collapse Kills 1

A construction worker died Monday (Aug. 22) after falling from collapsing scaffolding at a building expansion project in Las Vegas, reports relate.


Miami Scaffold Fall Claims Worker’s Life

A construction worker in Florida died Wednesday (Aug. 17) of injuries sustained when the scaffolding he was working from collapsed, according to local media reports.


Architect Crafts ALS-Accessible Home

They say that things can change with the blink of an eye, but one architect has taken that concept to a new level, helping to create a home with features that can be controlled with simple f...


Crane Hits World Trade Window

Three World Trade Center, currently under construction, suffered only minor damage Thursday night (Aug. 11) when a construction crane hit the building.


Crane Collapse Shuts Down Tappan Zee

Injuries were reported and traffic came to a standstill mid-day Tuesday (July 19) when a construction crane collapsed onto the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York.


Design Plans, Wind Eyed in M1 Collapse

The official inquiry into a 2015 fatal bridge collapse in South Africa has called out potential causes ranging from material quality and workmanship to a gust of wind.


$249K in Safety Fines Upheld for NY Firm

More than three years after the original inspection, a judge upheld nearly $250,000 in fines for a New York contractor accused of putting workers in danger of serious falls at a midtown Manh...


Bridge, Scaffolding Fall on Autobahn

A newly built section of a bridge on Germany’s Autobahn system collapsed Wednesday (June 15), leaving one worker dead and seriously injuring six others.


2 Injured in AZ Bridge Project

State health and safety officials are investigating an incident at an Arizona bridge and interchange construction site that left two workers injured.


Firm Fined for Shock Hazards

A West Virginia contractor accepted 10 federal citations and fines for allegedly ignoring fall and electrocution hazards, putting its workers at risk.


Crane Accident Claims Life on Bridge Site

A Scottish health and safety agency is investigating the events that led to the death of one worker and injury of one other on the country’s new Queensferry Crossing bridge project.


Police Probe Cause of Japan Beam Drop

Area police are looking into potential safety management issues at the site of a fatal construction accident in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture.


Family Receives $18M for Bridge Death

A jury awarded $17.72 million to the family of the worker who drowned during bridge construction on the Baylor University campus in 2014.


Winds Blamed in Deadly Crane Collapse

A construction crane collapse that killed 18 workers in China remains under investigation.


New Painter Dies in 50-Foot Fall

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a 25-year-old painter who fell five stories at an apartment project last month in Springfield, MO.


45-Ton Beam Falls onto Crew of 4

Federal authorities have been called in to investigate the events that led to a 45-ton beam on Interstate 90 killing one construction worker and injuring three others in Des Plaines, IL, Tue...


Trial Begins in Bridge Worker's Death

The trial concerning the alleged wrongful death of a worker who drowned in early 2014 during construction of a bridge on the Baylor University campus was set to open Tuesday (March 29), a lo...


OSHA: $102K Fine for Fatal Lift Tipover

Federal authorities have levied fines against a Massachusetts roofing and waterproofing contractor after a worker died while operating an aerial lift on an inspection site in Taunton.


Safety Stand-Down Week Set for May

Millions of construction workers across the country are expected to take part in the third annual National Safety Stand-Down, organized by U.S. workplace health and safety officials.


OSHA Announces Safety Stand-Down Dates

U.S. workplace health and safety officials have announced that the third annual National Safety Stand-Down will take place May 2-6, 2016.


NYC Crane Collapse Claims 1

Authorities are investigating what caused a crane to collapse in lower Manhattan Friday (Feb. 5), killing a 38-year-old man and seriously injuring at least three others.


Which Brands Do You Prefer?

Contractors and facility owners, do you have a favorite brand you turn to time and time again on the job? Fill out our survey anonymously and share your thoughts about the coatings and equip...


OSHA: Fall Hazards Paralyzed Worker

A New Jersey builder and Pennsylvania construction contractor received more than $100,000 in combined fines for a 30-year-old construction worker's paralyzing fall.


Offshore Fabricator Pays $20M for Shipyard

Known as a manufacturer of specialized structures and vessels used in the oil, gas and marine industries


Mecca Crane Collapse Probe Continues

Authorities are weighing charges against engineers and government officials following the construction crane collapse that killed more than 100 people last September at one of Islam’s holies...


Silica, Beryllium Top 2016 OSHA List

As 2015 came to a close, new rules on silica, beryllium and record-keeping were among those on the horizon—but not final yet.


OSHA Puts Silica on 2016 Rule List

A final rule on silica exposure topped the list of health and safety rules that might affect the coatings and construction industries in 2016.


OSHA: Plaster Workers Exposed to Falls

An Ohio plaster and masonry contractor faces more than $131,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to fall hazards at two inspection sites earlier this year.


Water Tower Fall Nets $180K in Fines

After a painter fell 70 feet in June inside the Wisconsin water tower he was cleaning, the federal agency that is charged with ensuring worker health and safety said they knew something was ...


SSPC 2016 Dives into Water, Wastewater

In anticipation of SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT, which will take place Jan. 18-21, 2016, in San Antonio, TX, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced its lineup of programmin...


Steel Mills Fined After Worker Crushed

A steelmaker with a history of safety violations faces nearly $400,000 in fines for two inspections, including one after 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on a worker and injured him.


Goethals Girder Falls, Halts Work

Work on the new Goethals Bridge site was stopped late last week when one of its enormous support girders fell during installation.


Scaffold Collapse Injures 6 Workers

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating what caused a massive scaffolding collapse Friday (Oct. 16) in downtown Houston that sent six workers to the hospital.


Contractor Fined in Manslaughter Case

A U.K. court has ordered a scaffolding contractor to pay £300,000 (about $464,000 USD) after a fall killed a worker in 2012.


Fall Protection Is Top OSHA Violation

Little has changed in the past year for the top 10 list of most frequent OSHA violations, according to a recent analysis.


OSHA Reveals Most Frequent Violations

Fall protection once again tops the list of safety violations in 2015, OSHA revealed at a National Safety Council conference last week. Hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory prot...


OSHA Issues Army Corps Citations

A federal agency is facing charges of serious and repeat safety violations that would cost a private sector employer $124,020 in penalties.


New NY Bridge Rises above Water

Work on the $4 billion new Tappan Zee Bridge, also known as the New NY Bridge, hit the halfway mark in construction earlier this month.


Contractor Blamed in Crane Collapse

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say the construction company overseeing an expansion project at the largest mosque in the world was partially responsible for last Friday’s crane collapse that ki...


Ice Bridge Worker Dies in Fall

A platform situated underneath a bridge in Montreal gave way Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 15), dropping one worker into the water below.


Cause Probed in Fatal Crane Collapse

The cause of a construction crane collapse that killed more than 100 people in Mecca remained under investigation Monday (Sept. 14).


Unstable Snooper Truck Kills Inspector

A routine bridge inspection turned fatal for one inspector in Connecticut last week.


Safety Precautions Fail on Irish Bridge

Routine maintenance work on a bridge in Limerick, Ireland, turned tragic when three workers fell into the water, despite the safety precautions that were in place. Two of the three men peris...


Tall, Thin Testing Tower Goes Up

Nestled among historic towers and steeples in Rottweil, Germany, stands a 761-foot-tall concrete observation tower—the tallest in the country—built specifically to test elevators of the futu...


Companies at Odds over Bridge Death

Less than a day after a man died while performing abrasive blasting work on a Mississippi River bridge, one of the companies involved asked a federal judge to rule it is not liable.


Masonry Worker Killed in Scaffold Fall

DANVILLE, PA--Federal safety authorities are investigating the fatal fall of a masonry worker at a hospital jobsite in Pennsylvania.


After 13 Years, Worker Wins $3M

SEATTLE--A Washington State jury has awarded $2.59 million in damages to an immigrant worker who was severely injured after falling 30 feet from an improperly constructed scaffold in 2002.


Contractor Cited in Painter Death

KANSAS CITY--Federal authorities have cited a Missouri-based painting contractor after a worker died at a commercial building project in Kansas City.


Scaffolding Falls Claims 2 Lives

AMES, IA--Authorities are investigating a scaffolding accident that killed two workers Friday (June 22) at a new student housing project near Iowa State University.


Roofer Charged with Lying to OSHA

PHILADELPHIA--In a rare case, the owner of a small Pennsylvania roofing company is facing 25 years in prison for allegedly lying to federal safety authorities regarding the June 2013 falling...


$500k OSHA Case is Bricklayer’s Latest

HAVERTOWN, PA--A Pennsylvania masonry contractor with a history of safety infractions and unpaid fines is facing new penalties of nearly $500,000 for willful and repeat hazards at two worksi...


Overpass Worker Crushed by Lift

WILKINSBURG, PA—A federal investigation continues into the death of a construction worker who was fatally crushed on a busway overpass rehabilitation project near Pittsburgh.


Bridge Fall Injures MA Excavator

REVERE, MA—Federal authorities are investigating the cause of a crash that sent an excavator off a bridge during a rehabilitation project over the weekend.


PowerRigging Components Roll Out

SEATTLE—A new line of suspended access rigging equipment is designed for a wide variety of structures and applications.


XL Sprayer Sized for XL Projects

MINNEAPOLIS—Graco has introduced a sprayer with its largest air motor yet, for high-volume application of protective coatings to bridges, ships, water towers and other major projects.


2 Firms Liable in Fatal Fall at Base

KNOB NOSTER, MO—Federal authorities are holding a roofing company and general contractor both liable in the death of a 30-year-old father of two at Whiteman Air Force Base.


Painter Killed in Fall from Water Tower

DAMIANSVILLE, IL—A 31-year-old painter has died after falling 100 feet from the top of a water tower about 30 miles southeast of St. Louis, MO.


Crane Kills NYC Construction Boss

NEW YORK CITY—A crane's malfunctioning hydraulic system is being blamed in the death of a construction company owner, who was pinned under the equipment on a work site in Manhattan, official...


Painting Contractor Liable in 2 Deaths

OXFORD, OH—A Michigan painting contractor is facing 30 federal citations and $199,000 in fines after a scaffolding collapse that claimed the lives of two painters.


Roofers Face $300K after 3 Workers Fall

ANDOVER, MA—Two Massachusetts-based roofing contractors are jointly facing federal fines of nearly $300,000 after three workers were injured in a two-story fall.


Worker Perishes in Frame Collapse

Authorities are investigating a construction accident at a Texas high school sports facility that killed one worker and injured three others Thursday (April 2).


TX Painter Perishes in Fall

Federal safety authorities are investigating a 36-foot fall that claimed the life of a painter this week at an apartment complex in New Braunfels, TX.


Access Companies Strike $251M Deal

A multinational deal now underway will create an industrial access, insulation and corrosion-protection giant with the reach of 17,000 employees across Europe and the Middle East.


Scaffolding Accident Claims 3 Lives

Three construction workers were killed and another was injured Monday (March 23) when scaffolding collapsed at a high-rise construction project in downtown Raleigh, NC, according to authorit...


Contractor Gets 11th OSHA Case

A nationwide roofing contractor with a history of safety violations now faces two new cases alleging continued lack of fall protection, federal authorities say.


Suit: Work Went on Amid Drowning

"Nobody went in to the water to assist" two bridge construction workers who were tethered to a lift that ended up in the Brazos River, a new motion in a suit over the accident alleges.


Tower Lets There Be Light Down Below

A global architecture firm has unveiled a design concept to help solve a dark problem in London.


No OSHA Probe in Scaffold Collapse

Federal safety authorities will not investigate the partial collapse of project scaffolding ripped apart by high winds in downtown Portland, OR, according to reports.


Fall Claims Young MO Painter

Colton Frisbee and his dad had branched out from their family painting business into a successful cigar venture nearly five years ago. Still, the 23-year-old new father and co-owner of Frisb...


Bridge Contractor Cited in Teen's Death

A 16-year-old worker who was directed to stand in a crane hazard area without a hardhat was too young to be on the job that took his life, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration h...


Buildings Buckle Under Winter's Wrath

Homes, businesses and dozens of other structures in the Northeastern U.S. are grappling with roof failures and other structural threats and damage amid a winter of record snowfalls.


In NY, A Safety Showdown Grows

A unique state law that holds employers and property owners 100 percent responsible for certain employee injuries is facing a dramatic shift after 135 years.


Scaffold Law Critics Gain Steam in NY

A longtime effort to revamp New York State's 19th-century Scaffold Safety Law is gathering new momentum, fueled by two new bills, 25 legislative sponsors, and a "Reform Day" in the capital t...


Tower Painter's Death Draws $115K Fine

A communication tower company faces $114,800 in penalties after a painter fell to his death—a fatality that could have been prevented if the company had provided adequate fall protection, fe...


Worker Survives 30-Foot Fall

Ropes, pulleys and an aerial ladder were used to pull a Colorado construction worker to safety after he fell 30 feet to the bottom of a building under construction in Hudson.


Free Webinar to Hone Specs Appeal

Industrial painting projects are only as good as the specifications that guide them. But how do you prepare an effective specification that will help the contractor succeed?


No Violations Cited in OR Bridge Death

Safety investigators are blaming human error, not the employer, in the death of a bridge worker last fall in Oregon.


High-Load Access Tailored to the Task

Spider has launched a modular suspended platform that can be configured for a variety of structures and projects.


Modular Platform Fits Varied Spaces

Power Climber, a division of SafeWorks LLC, has launched a modular knockdown suspended platform with a 2,000-pound load capacity and a variety of configurations for different projects at hei...


Falling Pipe Stalls Work on NYC Tower

Construction on the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere faced a temporary delay last week after an eight-foot pipe fell 81 stories to the Manhattan street below.


Painter, Plasterer Fined in Electrocutions

Two California contracting companies are facing nearly $200,000 in fines after two young workers were electrocuted, and a third severely injured, in separate incidents just days apart.


Free Webinar Navigates Tricky Rigging

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


OSHA Fines 4 NY Housing Contractors

Fall hazards, electrical problems and other safety violations on an affordable-housing project in New York may cost a general contractor and three of its subs thousands of dollars in fines.


$7K Fine Set in 3 Electrocutions

Federal safety authorities have issued one citation and a $7,000 fine in the deaths of three workers who were electrocuted by power lines while moving scaffolding last summer.


New Extension System for Ladders

A new bracket extension system for ladders is designed for easy storage and transport from job-to-job.


LeBron Gets a Lift (Again) in Cleveland

He stands 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, but LeBron James packs a one-ton image that is more than 10 stories tall and 200 feet wide.


Safespan Awarded $5.25M in Patent Case

After nearly eight years, a leading U.S. manufacturer of bridge platforms and scaffolding has prevailed in a legal battle to protect two critical patents against an employee-turned-competito...


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.


Sub Fined after Painter is Shocked

A Florida contractor is being held liable for second- and third-degree burns suffered by a 30-year-old painter whose ladder came in contact with overhead power lines.


Athletes Pull Off Bridge Pull-Up Record

Call it Extreme Gym Class: a competition by seven athletes in seven countries to see who could do the most pull-ups while hanging from a bridge.


New Hoist Boasts 1-Ton Capacity

Spider, a division of SafeWorks LLC, has unveiled a traction hoist with increased load capacity for heavy construction and industrial installation and maintenance.


OSHA Defers Crane Operator Rule

U.S. crane operators will get a three-year reprieve on certification requirements that had been set to take effect this fall, federal regulators have announced.


OSHA Adds 3 Years for Crane Rule

Federal safety officials are giving employers an extra three years to make sure crane operators are competent to operate the equipment safely.


Boss Gets Prison in Worker’s Death

A UK scaffolding contractor recently convicted of murdering his brother has now received a second prison sentence in the fatal fall of an employee.


Top OSHA Hazards Persist for 3rd Year

Racking up more than 18,500 citations, fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory hazards accounted for the top four health and safety violations by U.S. employers in...


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...


Plasterer Again Runs Afoul of OSHA

Yogi Berra would have called it "déjà vu all over again," as a Texas stucco contractor confronts its second round of repeat federal citations in three years for scaffolding hazards.


FL Roofer Facing $186K Fine

The crackdown on residential fall-protection hazards has dealt a costly lesson to one Florida contractor who is now facing a six-figure fine over alleged hazards at three sites.


Water Tower Gets Townhouse Touch

When a 70-year-old water tower in Belgium reached the end of its service life, it didn't get the typical blast-repair-repaint treatment that keeps a structure going a bit longer.


Two Killed on CA Bridge Project

Two construction workers fell 80 feet to their death when their crane-hoisted basket broke free Friday (May 30) on a bridge project outside of Sacramento, CA.


Vertical Lift Made for Congested Areas

Lift-A-Loft Corp. has added a new aerial lift to its product portfolio.


Compact Lift Offers Rotating Platform

Lift-A-Loft has introduced a vertical mast lift designed for compact spaces in industrial applications.


Webinar Aids Safe Painting at Heights

Ensuring the right equipment to protect painters working at heights will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Officials Cry Fowl on Painting Holdup

If only industrial scaffolding didn’t look so cozy and inviting—a place to curl up and call home. But apparently, it does—at least, if you’re a raven—and now, the town of Fair Lawn, NJ, will...


Collapse Proves a Demolition Don’t

Smart people learn from their mistakes. Really smart people learn from other peoples' mistakes. Take, for example, the unidentified farmer who recently decided to have a buddy capture his ne...


Man v. Silo in DIY Don’t

“Don’t try this at home” proved more of a challenge than a warning to an unidentified farmer who decided to go mano a mano in taking down a large concrete silo.


2 Workers Electrocuted at FL Jobsite

Federal safety authorities say they are investigating a scaffolding accident that severely injured two workers Tuesday (March 25) in Panama City, FL.


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 to Pay $126K in 2 Fatal Accidents

A Wisconsin general contractor has agreed to pay $126,000 in federal penalties to resolve safety citations following two fatal crane accidents in mid-2012.


3rd Worker Killed at World Cup Site

A worker dismantling a crane at a World Cup stadium project in Brazil was killed Friday (Feb. 7)—the third worker fatality at the site in less than a year.


Bridge Worker Killed on Stadium Project

One bridge worker drowned and another was serious injured when the man-lift to which they were tethered toppled from a floating dock and vanished into the Brazos River in Waco, TX, authoriti...


Probe of 2 Bridge Deaths Underway

Work is expected to resume this week on an Alabama overpass construction project as investigations continue into the deaths of two workers last week.


World Cup Work Halts after Fatal Fall

Labor officials have partially stopped work at a Brazilian World Cup stadium construction site where a 22-year-old worker plummeted 115 feet to his death—the third worker fatality at a tourn...


Brazil: World Cup Stadiums to be Late

One week after two construction workers perished in the run-up to a major deadline, Brazil has conceded that none of the six World Cup 2014 stadiums under construction will meet the schedule...


Company Blamed in Trainee’s Death

Cited twice in five years for hazards, including several that led to an amputation, a Texas plating company is now being held responsible for the death of a 22-year-old worker who was learni...


Painter Fined $460K in 6th OSHA Case

A Long Island, NY, painting and stucco contractor has added 15 new federal health and safety citations and more than $460,000 in fines to the 50-plus citations and $400,000-plus in fines it ...


Roofer to be Jailed in Death of Worker

A Canadian judge has sentenced the owner of a roofing company to 15 days in jail and imposed a $50,000 ($46,938 USD) fine for failing to protect an employee who died in a fall, then lying ab...


2 Workers Killed in World Cup Project

Construction crews returned to work Monday (Dec. 2) at the site of a nearly completed World Cup stadium in Brazil where a crane collapse killed two workers last week.


OSHA: Cable Ignored Before Collapse

A Nashville contractor declined to replace a damaged cable on a crane before it collapsed, despite daily inspections showing replacement was needed, federal authorities say.


EPA Fines DOE over Nuke Site Asbestos

The Department of Energy is facing a $115,000 fine for its contractor's alleged mishandling of asbestos debris at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.


$33K in Fines for 2nd Project Death

Federal safety authorities have levied $33,600 in fines against a siding subcontractor and general contractor in the second fatal accident at a problem-plagued apartment project in Fayettevi...


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.


4 Firms Cited in Death at Nuke Plant

Facility owners, managers and contractors alike are being held responsible for a crane collapse that killed one worker and injured eight others at Arkansas's Nuclear One Power Plant in March...


Bids Sought for Water Tower Painting

The City of Winter Haven, FL, is seeking proposals from contractors to clean, blast and recoat a 150,000-gallon elevated water storage tank.


$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...


Fines Tripled in Scaffold Disaster

Ontario's top court has more than tripled the fines against a construction firm that lost four migrant workers in a notorious scaffolding collapse on Christmas Eve 2009.


Safway Offers Heavy Load Mast Climber

A new access platform from Safway Group offers a high speed-to-capacity ratio and allows workers to adapt to corners and angles, the company says.


Worker Survives Fall from Crane

Faulty equipment is being blamed for a 35-foot fall suffered by a construction worker who was working on a crane at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.


Bridge Projects in MO, AZ, PA Kill 3

Devastating bridge construction accidents in three states have claimed the lives of three workers in 10 days, authorities report.


OSHA Fines Follow 24-Foot Fall

A general contractor building a wind turbine in Hanover, MA, has been fined after an employee survived a 24-foot fall down the structure.


Contractor Invited to Make a Splash

Collier County, FL, is seeking an SSPC-QP 1 certified contractor to paint and renovate a water slide at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park in Naples, FL.


From OSHA, A Peek Behind the Probes

Against the backdrop of a mounting number of deadly structural collapses, the federal government has just released extensive documentation of its investigations into several such disasters.


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.


New Site Details Construction Probes

Investigations into deadly building collapses, structural failures, and other construction disasters are the focus on a new web page by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


High Drama: 2 Workers Rescued in NYC

Two workers, stranded on a failed scaffold for nearly two hours, were rescued Wednesday (June 12) afternoon from 500 feet above the streets in Midtown Manhattan.


NJ Contractor: 5 Years, 11 OSHA Cases

A New Jersey masonry contractor with a history of fall protection, scaffolding and other violations is now facing nine new federal citations and nearly $91,000 in fines for the same hazards.


Boss Imprisoned in Worker’s Fatal Fall

The owner of a UK demolition company has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter in an employee’s death on a worksite.


JPCL Invites Free Buying Guide Listings

Suppliers of industrial coatings equipment are invited to submit free listings now for JPCL’s upcoming 26th annual Equipment Buying Guide.


New OSHA Rule on Cranes to Begin

Underground construction and demolition must soon follow the same crane and derrick standards that now apply to the rest of the construction industry, under new federal rules set to take eff...


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...


Contractors Fined in 2 Electrocutions

Two Florida contractors are appealing a total of $17,500 in fines imposed in the deaths of two maintenance workers who were electrocuted while removing molding at a luxury condo project.


Ruling: Communications Doomed Worker

One emergency radio system—rather than a protracted chain of cell-phone calls—could have helped save the life of bridge worker Tilden Billiot, a federal review panel has concluded.


Judge Affirms Fines in Scaffold Deaths

Nearly five years after three EIFS applicators fell to their deaths from a high-rise construction site in Austin, TX, a judge has ordered the scaffolding company in charge to pay $17,150 in ...


Bids Sought for Ballpark Water Tower

The City of Round Rock, TX, is seeking engineering services for the construction of a replica water tower at Dell Diamond ballpark.


Capital Safety Touts New Escape System

A new hands-free escape system designed for workers in commercial construction tops a list of safety equipment just introduced by Capital Safety.


Firms Fined in Deadly Paint Dust Blast

Federal regulators are holding three contracting firms liable for a combustible-dust flash fire that claimed the lives of two workers in a paint booth at a Texas facility in August.


‘Stan the Span’ to Honor Musial, Worker

A plan to name the newest Mississippi River bridge after St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan ‘the Man’ Musial and a worker who died on the project is moving forward in Missouri.


New Safety Systems Debut

Capital Safety, a global manufacturer of height-safety and fall-protection equipment, has rolled out a new hands-free escape system designed for workers in commercial construction.


Alameda Seeks Takers for Historic Crane

Still scraping for Valentine's Day ideas? Here's an opportunity to gift your love with something historic.


Plastic Sheeting Stops 30-Foot Fall

A Boston construction worker likely owes his life to containment sheeting that broke his 30-foot plunge from scaffolding on a building project Monday (Feb. 4), officials say.


Boston Seeks Bids for Tower Restoration

The City of Boston is seeking bids until Feb. 7 for the restoration of the Fort Hill Tower, a historic standpipe, located in the Roxbury neighborhood.


Acquisition Expands Safway’s Reach

Access services giant Safway Group has once again extended its specialties and geographical reach with the purchase of Swing Staging Inc. and four related companies.


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.


Roofer Fined $160K for Repeat Dangers

A New York roofing contractor with a history of federal fall protection violations is facing new willful, repeat and serious citations and nearly $160,000 in fines for the same issue.


OSHA Fines Piling Up for NJ Contractor

A New Jersey stucco contractor is racking up a hefty bill with federal safety authorities, having just added a $61,600 fine to an overdue six-figure tab from similar cases.


WI Contractor Fined in 2nd Crane Death

Two Wisconsin construction firms are being held liable for a fatal crane collapse at a bridge construction site last year—the second death in three months for one of the contractors.


 
 
   

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