By the end of June, Nigerians will know what caused the June 2 collapse of a four-story building that killed four construction workers in the city of Onitsha, 482 kilometers from the capital, Abuja.The Anglican Church of Nigeria was constructing the building. The church's Niger diocese and the government of Anambra state have set up parallel teams to probe the collapse. Construction experts have blamed several factors, including contractor incompetence and non-compliance to project specifications and standards. The building is suspected to have been initially approved for just two stories. Unconfirmed reports also suggest that, before the collapse, too little
Photo courtesy of AGC of America Workers get a briefing on fall-protection equipment during a safety "stand-down" at a Washington, D.C., job site. Related Links: OSHA safety 'stand-down' Web page The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and construction industry and union groups are teaming up to raise awareness about jobsite protection against falls from height, the leading cause of construction fatalities.OSHA has launched a program of “Safety Stand-Downs,” to take place during the week of June 2-6, in which companies halt work on projects around the U.S., to get briefings and reminders about proper equipment and jobsite steps recommended
Images Courtesy of (above) 95 Express Lanes; (below) Transurban, Fluor and AAA Mid-Atlantic Full-page USA Today ad delivers pledge to eliminate worker injury. Among many other safety measures, Virginia's express-lanes project uses catchy signs to reduce cell-phone use and distracted driving. Related Links: Safety Week 2014 95 Express Lanes Construction Contractors often get the rap of being tough guys, said Michael McNally, CEO of Skanska USA Inc., "but these are compassionate people who really care about the people they work with. If they see anyone get hurt or killed on a jobsite, it is devastating." McNally addressed leaders from about
Photo courtesy Sarens Group The new guide will include broader best practices for safe lifting beyond oil-and-gas projects, SC&RA members say. Related Links: Testing Companies Debate OSHA Crane Operator Delay All Erection Picks Up 10 Manitowoc MLC300 Crawler Cranes A respected crane-management tome is soon to receive a much-needed update to make it compliant with current industry standards and safety codes, according to trade group and publisher Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association.The 120-page book, titled "Exxon Crane Guide: Lifting System Management System," was first published in 1998, and SC&RA has since sold thousands of copies to owners, engineers, contractors, suppliers
Photo By AP Wideworld A March 25 Houston fire, similar to a San Francisco blaze a week earlier, destroyed an apartment complex under construction. In each case, investigators are looking at welding as a possible ignition source. Related Links: Builders Lose Massive San Francisco Apartment Complex to Fire OSHA Safety Standards for Welding Fire investigators in Houston and San Francisco are going through rubble and interviewing workers on-site at a pair of under-construction apartment complexes that ended up in ashes.One factor common to both sites is the possibility a jobsite welding spark ignited the fires."We won't have any information for
Related Links: Link to Indictment and California Attorney General announcement Link to PG&E investor site-April 2 filing to SEC San Bruno Fire May Cost California Utility More Than $4 Billion PG&E Pledges To Stay Focused On Safety Despite Federal Charges Fatal NYC Blast Underscores Commonplace Gas Leak Explosions in U.S., Expert Says Officials of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. are set to appear in U.S. district court in San Francisco on April 9 to plead not guilty to the giant utility’s indictment on 12 criminal charges in the 2010 gas line blast that killed eight and destroyed 38 homes in
Three construction workers were injured when a dead load on the 12th floor of an apartment building jobsite “pancaked down to the fifth floor” just before 8 a.m. on March 20, said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Calobrisi of the Boston Fire Dept. at the scene in Boston’s Theater District.
Courtesy of http://craunf.org/ The refinery where DeBaldo worked as it appears on a website for retirees from Chevron, which once operated it. How long does a worker have to file a lawsuit after symptoms of asbestos-related disease appear?Despite 40 years of litigation and the existence of “discovery rules” that determine how statutes of limitation apply to asbestos-related illness, the issue remains controversial.Case in point: A state appeals court in Delaware’s New Castle County last month made a ruling involving an employee of a company that was acquired by URS Corp. The ruling involves the worker’s contention that he didn’t receive
Photo By AP Wideworld Related Links: Caution Ahead: Overdue Investments for New York's Aging Infrastructure National Transportation Safety Board investigators confirmed March 18 that a natural-gas pipeline leak triggered a deadly explosion that leveled two five-story buildings in East Harlem March 12. The agency, which is heading up the probe, also said it detected unusual concentrations of gas in the soil around the site, according to media reports.NTSB has named New York City utility Con Edison as a party to the investigation. The utility, which referred calls on the matter to NTSB, says on its website that it last surveyed
photo courtesy of Timothy Hursley Crews logged 291,000 man-hours without an accident while renovating the 200,000-sq-ft St. Louis Central Library. Related Links: 2013 Best of the Best Projects Winners Best of Midwest: St. Louis Central Library Despite difficult working conditions, including an extremely cramped area when converting a sub-basement coal bin into an auditorium, crews logged 291,000 man-hours without an accident while renovating the 200,000-sq-ft St. Louis Central Library. The sub- basement was one of several outmoded spaces that workers adapted to new uses in the 100-year-old landmark structure, originally designed by Cass Gilbert.General contractor BSI Constructors Inc. executed a
COVID-19 prevented this year’s group of national Top 20 Under 40 winners from meeting in person to share ideas for tackling key construction challenges, but the virtual voices of these visionaries came through loud and clear.