Safety

nail injuries can be far too common for remodelers

Studies show that “bump nailers” cause twice as many serious injuries compared with sequential-trigger nail guns. Three carpenters we interviewed (Shawn Mahler, Caleb Miller, and Nathan Roberts) described the injuries shown in these photos during video interviews available at the website for the Center for Construction Research and Training.

Three carpenters come clean about their injuries from using “bump nailers”—nail guns with contact triggers

A Clean Cut: A Look Into Surgery for Table-Saw Related Injuries

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Fingers reattached at a good facility are 80 to 90 percent successful, but that doesn’t include all of the people who are not candidates for the surgery.

The Cutting Edge: A Look at Flesh-Sensing Technology in Remodeling

What is flesh-sensing technology, how does it work, and will it become the new standard for power tools?

Construction jobsite safety

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What happens if there’s a fatal accident on one of your jobsites?

RIP Freddie Gray flyer

Freddie Gray was poor and black and lead-poisoned. The combination proved deadly.

Safety: More Scrutiny on Mass Contractors from OSHA Emphasis Programs

If your workers aren’t wearing fall protection gear, might as well put up a poster asking OSHA for a fine

Construction worker cutting concrete block

Photo: recon-nv.com

A look at the changes—the first in more than 40 years—and how they will affect our industry

Harvard Joint Center study shows growing concern among homeowners about invisible pollutants

One blogger likens mix and matching batteries with cordless tools to a dog mating with a cat: not good.

NAHB Encourages EPA to Remove Hands-On Requirement for Refresher Course

EPA’s proposed action, if adopted in sufficient time prior to the agency’s July 1, 2015, re-certification deadline, will enable remodelers and their companies to retain their current EPA certified renovator status by utilizing existing (and future) EPA accredited online training providers.

Lead paint rule requires recertification in 2015.

The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association

By 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were just 102 deaths potentially related to silica in the construction industry. It is anticipated that the number will continue to fall as silica dust collection is integrated into more construction-related equipment, while contractors continue to adopt better personal protective equipment policies and invest in improved respiratory devices.

The proposed silica rule, released by OSHA in September 2013, would cut the current permissible exposure limit (PEL) in half, from 100 to 50 μg/m3, and demand the execution of set procedures at or above 25 μg/m3.

Construction work is dangerous and the costs of injury are high, both on a personal level and a business level.

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