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Same Stuff, Different Day for Roofing Contractor

EHS Today - '2017-07-25'
In little over a year, Peter Daniel Yeaman has been criminally charged twice for working illegally as a roofing contractor in the state of Washington.

A roofer who was criminally charged twice in 13 months for working illegally as a contractor has been sentenced to 15 days behind bars. Peter Daniel Yeaman, 57, pleaded guilty Thursday in Mason County (Washington) District Court to a gross misdemeanor charge of unregistered contracting. Judge Victoria Meadows imposed the jail time, and ordered Yeaman to pay $1,000 in penalties and repay his victim $5,000.

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Associated Builders and Contractors Names Stephen Wiltshire Safety Director

EHS Today - '2017-07-19'
Stephen M. Wiltshire, newly-appointed safety director of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), brings 37 years of experience to the organization.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has tapped Stephen M. Wiltshire to lead its safety initiatives.

Wiltshire, a veteran construction safety expert, will provide direction for programs that support the achievement of ABC’s strategic safety goals including the Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP).

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OSHA: Safety Failures Led to Deaths of Three Workers Who Entered a Manhole

EHS Today - '2017-07-19'
A utility contractor has been cited in the deaths of three workers who entered a confined space containing lethal levels of hydrogen sulfide and carbon monoxide.

On Jan. 16, Elway Gray, a 34-year-old pipe layer, entered a manhole in South Florida – a confined space – and quickly became unresponsive. Louis O’Keefe, a 49-year-old laborer, entered the manhole and attempted to rescue Gray. After O’Keefe also became unresponsive, Robert Wilson, a 24-year-old equipment operator, followed to help his fallen coworkers.

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Putting Your Workers' Best Foot Forward

EHS Today - '2017-07-12'
Selecting the best footwear isn't just about price or comfort.

The average person walks about 5,000 steps a day, which equates to 73,000 miles by the age of 80. For those in the construction industry or jobs that require being on foot all day, that number could be higher.

Nearly 40 percent of injuries and illnesses, most notably fractures, occur to hands and feet and on average, they result in a median of 32 days away from work to recuperate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, workers incurred sprains, strains, tears at rate of 40 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, and required a median of 10 days away from work.

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OSHA Announces Policy Change for Monorail Hoists

EHS Today - '2017-07-05'
Construction companies will no longer be cited for failing to comply with Subpart CC for monorail hoists under the new policy.

OSHA has released a new enforcement policy aimed at clearifying the role of monorail hoists under Subpart CC

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a new enforcement policy that excludes monorail hoists from the requirements of Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction, as long as employers meet other OSHA requirements.

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