There are 517,000 metalworkers working in the Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing industry. These workers, along with anyone who has ever studied metalworking history, knows that technology is always changing.
MCR Safety End Users Blog
Topics: metal fabrication
Eye protection is critical in metal fabrication environments. Welding, UV radiation, dust, flying metal fragments and splashing chemicals are all hazards that can affect the eyes. Any one of these hazards can permanently damage the eyes, leading to reduced vision or blindness.
OSHA is a sprawling agency, covering worker safety from nurses dealing with drug-resistant infections to teens working on family farms. You could certainly read all of the information available on their website….eventually. However, there are certain areas of compliance that are specific to each industry. This is definitely true for the people working in construction and with concrete. Safety hazards exist across all areas of concrete production, from the manufacturing of Portland cement to the concrete used in constructing buildings.
Construction and concrete work is dangerous. Of the 250,000 employees who work in concrete manufacturing, 10% of them have been injured and about 42 of those people die every year.
Vacation is on the horizon for many US workers. With that said, the summer season brings the highest number of construction projects, both residential and commercial. Summer also brings with it unique challenges when it comes to staying comfortable, cool, and safe. It is imperative then to choose protective gear that works well for the season.
When one thinks of critical safety gear, gloves are sure to be at the top of one’s list. For most all working environments and applications, there is a perfect pair of gloves designed to keep one safe. You wouldn’t drill a hole with a hammer, so why would you start a job wearing the wrong type of gloves for the work?
The United States produced 83.5 million tons of Portland cement in 2017, and imported even more. The nearly 180,000 American concrete workers are a critical part of the economy, but the potential hazards of the work are significant.
Concrete workers understand that while concrete is used everywhere, from private homes to modern roadways, the material itself creates many hazards.
After months of deliberation, on September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began enforcing the new Silica Dust Rule. Estimated to save over 600 lives each year, the rule was developed to protect the 2.3 million workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica across multiple industries.
Concrete laborers take on challenging projects involving significant amounts of risk. Working conditions range from cement burns to crush hazards, both major concerns for employers concerned with protecting their employees.