OSHA News & Safety Releases

  • OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018

    OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 


    April - Struck by Object

    May - Falls

    June - Caught-in/between

    The Focus Four Hazards have accounted for the vast majority of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. In an effort to prevent future injuries and fatalities, OSHA, our state plans, consultation projects, and construction industry partners have initiated a “Focus Four Hazards” campaign from March through June in Region Three’s jurisdiction. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness in the recognition, evaluation, and control of these hazards through the delivery of toolbox talks for stakeholders to provide to their workers. These toolbox talks will be available during the campaign for stakeholders to use at their own discretion.


    Construction's "Fatal Four"

    Out of 5190* worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2016, 991 or 19% were in construction―that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction.

    The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck-by, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These "Fatal Four" hazards were responsible for well over half (64%) of the construction worker deaths in 2016*, according to BLS reports.

    Falls — 384 out of 991 total deaths in construction in CY 2016 (39%)

    Struck by Object - 93 (9%)

    Electrocutions - 82 (8%)

    Caught-in/between* - 72 (7%)


    *This category includes construction workers killed when caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material

    Eliminating these Four Hazards would save 631 workers' lives each year.

  • OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 March - Electrocutions Toolbox Talk 1

    OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 

    March - Electrocutions 

    Toolbox Talk 1

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  • OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 March - Electrocutions Toolbox Talk 2

    OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 

    March - Electrocutions 

    Toolbox Talk 2

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  • OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 March - Electrocutions Toolbox Talk 3

    OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 

    March - Electrocutions 

    Toolbox Talk 3

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  • OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 March - Electrocutions Toolbox Talk 4

    OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 

    March - Electrocutions 

    Toolbox Talk 4

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  • OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 March - Electrocutions Toolbox Talk 5

    OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 

    March - Electrocutions 

    Toolbox Talk 5

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  • OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 March - Electrocutions Toolbox Talk 6

    OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 

    March - Electrocutions 

    Toolbox Talk 6

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  • OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 March - Electrocutions Toolbox Talk 7

    OSHA Focus Four Campaign 2018 

    March - Electrocutions 

    Toolbox Talk 7

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  • OSHA proposes delay for electronic submission of injury, illness reports

    OSHA has proposed a delay in he electronic reporting compliance date of the rule: Improve Tracking of Workplace injuries and Illnesses.  The compliance date was originally July 1, 2017, and it has now been delayed until Dec. 1, 2017.


    See the attached report.  OSHA invites public comment, so click here  for full details.

  • GUARDIAN SRL STOP USE Notification

    The Guardian Fall Protection Company has issued an IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION regarding Potential Fraying / Bird-caging of specific Self-Retracting Lifelines manufactured between January 1, 2015 through March of 2017.

    The Part Numbers Affected include:







    plus any Custom part that uses an Edge or Halo Cable SRL as its base model.

    Please see the attached document for instructions to examine cables and remove products from service, if necessary.



  • OSHA Conference on Crane Certification Delay

    Safety & Health

    OSHA to Propose One-Year Delay for Crane Certification



    • Meeting set for June 20

    • Nov. 10 current certification deadline


    OSHA wants to delay by one year its mandate for construction crane operator certification, the agency announced June 6.

    In May, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it intended to delay the Nov. 10 deadline for third-party certification of operators (29 C.F.R. Subpart CC), but didn't say how long the delay would be.

    Before OSHA can issue a rule extending the deadline, the proposal must be reviewed by the agency's Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). During a June 20 teleconference with the committee, OSHA officials will present their proposal and hear committee and public comment on setting a new date (RIN:1218-AC96).

    Work on revising qualification requirements began during the Obama administration following complaints from contractors, crane owners and operators that certification should be based only on the type of crane, not the type and lifting capacity as the current rule requires.

    The dial-in number for the meeting is (888) 604-9368, and the passcode is 8521818.

    People interested in making presentations must make their requests by June 9. Submit requests and documents at http://www.regulations.gov, and reference Docket No. OSHA-2017-0007.

  • SAFETY ALERT - Genie Scissors Lift

    We just received the following notification from the Pittsburgh OSHA Office:

    Genie has determined that the control system utilized on Safety Lifts, Model #: GS-3232 and GS-4047 and X-14, can malfunction.  The issues and actions required are attached in the link below.  If you have these machines, please follow the corrective instructions provided.  If you have any questions, contact the Association Office.


  • Zorbit Energy Absorber Safety Alert

    "Attached is a safety alert on a Zorbit Energy Absorber which is used in conjunction with horizontal lifeline systems. If you have and use this device please review the attached Alert and be guided accordingly".


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  • National Safety STAND-DOWN announced

    OSHA and other federal agencies announce the weeklong initiative to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction.

    MAY 2nd through MAY 6th, 2016 will be National Safety's STAND-DOWN Week. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for Employers to talk directly to employees about safety, focusing on Fall Hazards and reinforcing the importance of Fall Prevention.  This year's Goal is to reach 5 million workers.

    For more information on how to participate, click the link below:


    Contractors are asked to:

    • Plan a toolbox talk or other safety activity
    • Take a break to talk about how to prevent falls
    • Provide training for all workers
  • Volvo Truck Recall Notice

    The US Department of Transportation has announced a recall on certain Volvo Trucks manufactured between May 11, 2015 and March 8, 2016.  If these vehicles have not received the repair specified by Volvo, they are to be immediately removed from service.  Click the link below  for full details and contact information from the USDOT.


  • OSHA New Directive for Demolition Activities


    MESSAGE FROM BOB CARROLL, OSHA/ Pittsburgh Office:

    Below is a link for OSHA’s New Directive for a Regional Emphasis Program for Demolition Activities.  The Directive just lists the Erie, Wilkes-Barre, and Allentown Area Offices.  This e-mail is to inform you that this Emphasis program is in effect in the Pittsburgh Area Office jurisdiction as well. 

    If you have any questions, just e-mail me (Carroll.Bob@dol.gov)  or call me at 412-395-4902.

     Click on the link below, or copy and paste it into your URL for full details.


  • OSHA Interpretation regarding Crane & Derrick assembly/disassembly

    Regarding Standard 1926.1403-1926.1406

    This response was given on October 15, 2014

    Read the full report   Click here

  • It's the LAW! Poster unveiled

    To help ensure that workers have a "voice" in their workplaces and the protection they deserve, OSHA unveiled a new version of their "It's the Law" poster.  The Poster is uploaded here, and can be downloaded from our site, or directly from the OSHA site.  Please post these at your worksites, and be aware that legal size paper (8-1/2 x 14") is the smallest size approved for display.

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  • OSHA Recordkeeping Rule update that you need to know about!

    OSHA has updated the recordkeeping rule regarding reporting Fatalities and Severe injuries and has expanded the list of severe injuries that must be reported.

    The new reporting requirements go into effect on January 1, 2015 - so be sure your Project Managers, Field Supervisors and all Staff is aware of these changes.

    The OSHA Fact Sheet, with full details, is attached.  You may also want to visit the OSHA link for additional information, at: www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014


    Read the full report   Click here

  • OSHA Interpretation December 2013

    Fall Protection for walk/work along bridge decks with a 32 inch high barrier wall

    Based on a question asked by a contractor in Florida, OSHA responded to appropriate safety measures to protect workers along bridge decks.  

    Read the Q & A here.

  • A Temporary Enforcement Policy for Cranes & Derricks goes into effect on July 26, 2012.

    Full details are attached.


  • OSHA Clarification on double connections at beams not framing into columns


    Painting or placement of adhesive stckers on a protective helmet shell.

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    Oct. 1, 2009
    Contact: Office of Communications
    Phone: 202-693-1999

    OSHA News Release - Table of Contents

    OSHA revises enforcement policies for fall protection during steel erection

    WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revised the steel erection compliance directive for the agency's Steel Erection Standard to change two enforcement policies related to tripping hazards and installation of nets or floors during steel erection.

    One of the revised policies addresses the standard's requirement that employers install a floor or net within two stories or 30 feet, whichever is less.

    The other policy states that employers must comply with the requirement that steel studs, known as shear connectors, be installed at the worksite. Shear connectors bind concrete to the steel.

    "Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers," said acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jordan Barab. "We are intent on reducing the number of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry and believe these policy revisions will help us attain that goal."

    Bureau of Labor Statistics 2007 data show that 1,204 fatalities occurred in the construction industry, 447 of which resulted from falls. The steel erection standard sets forth requirements to protect workers from the hazards associated with steel erection activities when constructing, altering, and repairing single and multi-story buildings, bridges, and other structures where steel erection occurs.

    Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA's role is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for America's men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, outreach and education. For additional information or more detail, please visit www.osha.gov.