Safety Blog

Scaffolding – Don’t Make a Misstep!

Scaffolding is defined as an, elevated temporary work platform. Common hazards associate with scaffolding;

• Falls from elevation, due to lack of fall protection.
• Collapse, due to instability or overloading.
• Being struck by falling tools, materials or debris.
• Electrocution, due to proximity of scaffolding to powerlines.

You may be familiar with one or all of the scaffolding systems, which are;

Bloodborne Pathogens-Protecting Yourself

In the workplace, BBP may be transmitted when blood or other infectious body fluids come in contact with mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth); non-intact skin (due to cuts, abrasions, burns, rashes, paper cuts); or by handling or touching contaminated materials or surfaces. BBP are also transmitted by “injection” under the skin via a contaminated sharp object puncturing or cutting the skin causing a wound.

2016 Safety Awards

Construction jobs require you to be on your toes at all times to avoid injury to yourself or others. While efficiency and production are definitely key considerations in our industry, at IFCA the overall health and safety of all those directly and indirectly involved in a project takes priority. IFCA congratulates the following Members who received a Safety Award at the Finish First Awards on April 1, 2016 (no joke) for having a “Total Recordable Incident Rate” of less than 4.2.

Aerial Lifts

Before use of an aerial lift be sure to;

• Perform a pre-trip inspection, look for things out of the ordinary.

• Visually inspect the work area; this will avoid an unnecessary dismounting.

• While operating a boom lift; always wear your fall protection and make sure your harness is being worn properly.

Silica Safety Presentation

Crystalline silica is an important industrial material found abundantly in the earth’s crust. Quartz, the most common form of silica, is a component of sand, stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar. Materials containing quartz are found in a wide variety of workplaces.


In May 25, 2012, the final rule for the updated Hazard Communication standard became effective and enforceable. OSHA published a transition schedule, and as of June 1, 2016 that transition is over.

The transition dates that affect IFCA Members is/was as follows:

New OSHA Rule for Silica Dust

OSHA announces final rule to improve U.S. workers' protection from the dangers of respirable silica dust

Ladders...Proceed with Caution

The holiday season is over, but hunting season is here...and then we’ll move to home repair season which could be year round, right? What’s that got to do with construction you ask?

Confined Space in Construction

Until May 4, 2015 there wasn’t any rules specifically pertaining to construction workers performing work in confined spaces. On August 3, 2015 that all changed when OSHA began enforcing Subpart AA of 29 CFR 1926. A lot of us were already following the general industry standard but in the following I will try to explain what is different

Safety Glasses

Most people would expect this topic to cover more than just one form of personal protective equipment (PPE). However, one of the recurring problems found on jobs is the lack of use of proper eye protection. Many contractors write in their safety programs that safety glasses are required when performing such tasks as grinding, using saws and such but rarely can any safety professional go onto a job and not find a hazard to the eyes.