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Other Safety Issues

Ergonomics, noise, silica, falls, trenches and work zone crashes are the most common hazards to Laborers, but there are plenty of others.

Solar radiation, ticks, toxic chemicals, lift injuries, mold, asbestos, nuclear waste, scaffolds…the list goes on. Construction sites are filled with risks for the men and women who work on them.

Laborers in other industries also endure hazards that, while sometimes less physical, are nevertheless serious. Eight hours a day on a video display terminal can cause considerable physical and emotional duress.

The dangers are as endless as the variety of work, itself. Yet, each danger has remedies and means of avoidance. By integrating the lessons of science and research with the practical insight provided by Laborers and their employers, the LHSFNA seeks to limit the risks and the loss for everyone involved, propagate the lessons and, through that process, make work safer and more satisfying.



Other Safety & Health Issues

Is Naloxone in Your Jobsite’s First-Aid Kit?
The Sky’s the Limit for Drones & Construction Jobsites
How to Stay Safe During a Flood
Spike in Black Lung Linked to Silica Exposure
Risk of Coal Ash Exposure from Hurricane Flooding
Dealing with Those Cold Weather Aches and Pains
Bleach and Other Disinfectants Increase COPD Risk
Improving Safety to Improve Your Business
Hot Weather Is a Heart Hazard
Hundreds of Workers Sickened or Killed Following Coal Ash Cleanup
Outdated OSHA Standard Slowing Down Tunnel Work
Canada Adds Law to Address Harassment and Workplace Violence
Health & Safety Headlines
Identifying and Reducing Worker Fatigue in Construction
Let There Be Light (on Your Site)
Protect Workers from Falling Tools and Other Dropped Objects
How Well Do You Sleep?
OSHA Publishes Standards Improvement Project (SIP) Rules
A Focus Four for Health Hazards in Construction
Are Safety Helmets Coming for Your Hard Hat?
Even Mild Head Injuries Can Affect Your Mental Health
Legislation Seeks to Stop Workplace Violence in the Health Care Sector
The Many Factors Contributing to Occupational Heat Stress
Is That a Permit-Required or Non-Permit Required Confined Space?
Combating the Opioid Crisis Through Injury Prevention
Fighting for All Workers on Workers’ Memorial Day
Lyme Disease: Not Everyone Gets the Bulls-Eye Rash
OSHA Reverses Course on PELs, Ignoring Opportunity to Protect Workers
Protecting Yourself from Falling and Flying Objects on the Job
Fatality Data Sheds Light on Occupational Safety and Health Trends
Helping Workers & Employers Reduce On-the-Job Foot Injuries
Not All Excavation and Trench Deaths Are from Cave-ins
OSHA Revises, Weakens Recordkeeping Rule
Understanding the Difference Between Flaggers and Spotters
TransCanada Invites the LHSFNA to Visit WV Pipeline
Don’t Be Rash: Handle Portland Cement Safely
Health & Safety Headlines
OSHA’s Top 10 Violations of 2018 Suggest Enforcement Isn’t Slowing Down
Shutdown Impacts Workers and Their Families
The Difference Between Dust Masks, N95s and Other Respirators
The Top 10 LHSFNA Articles of 2018
Using Aerial Lifts Safely
Message from the Co-Chairmen: Facing Health and Safety Challenges Head On
Health & Safety Headlines
Laborer Saves Life of IBEW Member on the Job
HazCom and a Worker’s Right to Know
What You Should Know About Valley Fever
Canada Legalizes Marijuana, Yet Questions Remain about Workplace Impairment
More Research Shows There’s No Safe Level of Lead Exposure
Safety & Health Conversations: An Interview with Chris Trahan Cain
Low-Level Lead Exposures Affect Adult Heart Health
Reducing the Risk for Vibration Injuries
Is Your Construction Site Ready for a Hurricane?
New 9/11 Memorial Honors First Responders, Post-Attack Victims
The Problem with Relying Too Much on PELs
Health & Safety Headlines
Keeping Mosquitoes Out of Your Construction Site
Message from the Co-Chairmen
The Union Advantage: Safety & Health
Using Drones to Monitor Construction Safety
LHSFNA Toolbox Talks Promote Safety, Health on the Job
New Invasive Tick Species Causing Concern
Preparing Your Employees for an Active Shooter Situation
Common Chemicals Create Risk for Hearing Loss
CBD Oil: What Is It and Will It Cause a Positive Drug Test?
Fundamentals of Workplace First Aid
Here Comes the Sun: Getting a Handle on Heat Stress
Limiting Risk from Combustible Dust on the Job
Report Today’s Close Call, Prevent Tomorrow’s Accident
Online Ordering Now Open for 2018 Sun Sense Plus Materials
Applying Sunscreen and Insect Repellent Together for Maximum Effectiveness
Health & Safety Headlines
Safety and Health Conversations: An Interview with Dr. Christine Branche – Part Two
Massachusetts Extends OSHA Protections to Public Employees
OSHA 10 & 30-Hour Courses Changed to Meet Safety Objectives
Seasonal Allergies: Understand Your Options
How Likely Is It a Construction Worker Will Die from Opioids?
Marijuana: Safety First, Still No Workplace Green Light
Preventing Cold Stress While Working Outdoors
In Tribute to Dr. James Melius
Number of Worker Deaths in Construction Continues to Rise
Safety & Health Conversations: An Interview with Earl Dotter
Mentoring Complements Good Work of Apprenticeships
Understanding the Causes of Occupational Hand Injuries
Preventing Opioid Addiction Starts with Preventing Pain
The Top 10 LHSFNA Articles of 2017
Workplace Violence Takes Many Forms
Department of Transportation Updates Drug Testing Guidelines
Electrocutions Remain a Leading Cause of Death Among Laborers
Free Apps to Help Improve Worker Safety and Health
LHSFNA’s New Toolbox Talk Initiative Set to Help LIUNA Signatory Contractors
Protect Your Life and Home from Wildfires
Safety & Health Conversations: Peg Seminario, AFL-CIO
Avoid These Hazards During Hurricane Cleanup
Tips to Prevent Fogging Safety Glasses
Getting Workers on Board with Safety Is a Team Effort
Safety and Health Conversations: An Interview with Carl Heinlein
Are You Ready for Tornado Season?
Health & Safety Headlines
Cars Are Safer than Ever, so Why Are More People Dying?
Preventing Occupational Skin Disorders in Construction
Safety & Health Conversations: An Interview with Dr. David Michaels – Part 2
Safety Training Grants at Risk in Proposed Budget
Protecting Workers from Dangerous Heat
Safety & Health Conversations: An Interview with Dr. David Michaels
New Beryllium Rule Increases Workplace Protections
Heart Disease: A Hazard at Every Worksite
Always Essential: Lockout/Tagout Programs
How Deregulation Can Endanger Worker Safety and Weaken Fair Contracting
Do You Have the Right Fire Extinguisher?
Thousands of U.S. Cities Have Worse Lead Problems Than Flint
What’s Next for Construction Safety and Health?
2013's Top Ten Stories in LIFELINES ONLINE
Fatality Rates Falling for Construction Laborers
Top 10 LHSFNA Articles from 2015
Will Your Hard Hat Keep You Safe?
Emergency Action Plans Help Keep Workers Safe
Why “Right-to-Work” Is Wrong for Safety
Cold Weather Can Trigger Your Asthma
Getting to the Root of It
Skin Cancer: Blind to Your Skin Color
Acupuncture: A Pill-Free Way to Manage Pain
Quest for Accuracy Yields Safety Improvements on Fracking Sites
Did You or Someone You Know Help with Cleanup after Sept. 11th?
Ontario Turns Up the Heat on Workplace Sexual Harassment
Did OSHA Really Ban Incentive Programs?
Violence in the Workplace: Keep It out of Yours
Opioid Deaths not Always Overdoses
Health & Safety Headlines
Key Health & Safety Issues Heading into the Election
Canada Moving Toward Asbestos Ban
Work Safely Around Bees and Other Stinging Insects
How Safe Is Your Well Water?
Avoiding Hazards During Landscaping Work
The LHSFNA Joins the Fight against Infectious Disease
What You Need to Know about Occupational Asthma
Ill-Fitting PPE Hurts Women and Construction
A Zika Update and Outlook for 2016
Stay Safe around Snakes
Protect Your Workers: Promote Safe Driving
A Dangerous Trend in State OSHA Programs
What Happens When the Pain Doesn’t Go Away?
A Blueprint for Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry
Infographic: Workers’ Memorial Day
Wind Farms Present Unique Challenges and Hazards
Lead Poisoning in Flint, Michigan Is Only the Beginning
Dehydration: Not Just a Hot Weather Hazard
Do You Know the Signs of Opioid Pain Reliever Addiction?
Is Your Construction Site Safe from Fire?
Workplace Injuries Affect Families for Years
Solving the Chemical Hazard Puzzle
Medical Care in Limbo for 9/11 Responders
Carbon Monoxide: What You Need to Know
A Noteworthy Year in Health and Safety
New York City Outbreak Highlights Biological Risks
RF Radiation: The Invisible Hazard
What’s Inside Your First-Aid Kit?
A Pipeline Primer for Construction Laborers
Flash Flood! Do You Know What to Do?
On the Road Again for Health and Safety
Nail Gun Users Shot in the Foot
Three Plants That Can Drive You Crazy
Confined Spaces Standard Finally Emerges
Do You Know Today’s Heat Index?
LHSFNA Weighs in on NIH National Pain Strategy
Debunking 3 Myths About Acclimatization
Tackling Flowback Hazards on Fracking Sites
Warm Weather Brings Out Mosquitoes
Spring Is Here and So Are Ticks
LHSFNA Launches Expanded Sun Sense Campaign
OSHA 10 Should Only Be the Beginning
Responsible Drilling: Taking the Controversy Out of Fracking
"What Are the Chances?"
Increasing Heroin Use Fuels Hepatitis C
Risks Continue to Increase for Latino Workers
Workplace Injuries Hurt Workers and Their Wallets
Hospitals and Doctor Offices Can be Hazardous Places
Stand Up to Painful Feet
Don’t Lose Sleep with Daylight Saving Time’s Arrival
OSHA Using Amputations to Uncover Additional Hazards
A New Approach to Chemical Health Hazards
How Much Lead Is in Your Blood?
Growing Abuse of Commonly Prescribed Sedative
LHSFNA Joins Push for Total Worker Health
Nanomaterials Raise More Questions than Answers
Varicose Veins: Not Just Your Grandmother’s Headache
LHSFNA Delivers Ebola Guidance to LIUNA Members


Other Safety & Health Resource Links


Below are links to resources for hazards less common to Laborers but serious for some.



Pleural Mesothelioma Center


Chemical Safety

Information on chemical hazards

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

NIH WISER page – Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (access to downloadable APP and database of chemicals with toxic property and labeling information)">NIH Household Products Database (includes a home maintenance category that includes many chemical products also used by contractors)">Demolition Refurbishment Information Sheets (DRIDS) from the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (provides useful information and safe handling recommendations for common building waste stream materials)

Miscellaneous Resources

OSHA Toolkit: Transitioning to Safer Chemicals (provides practical advice on how to use substitution as a control strategy)

OSHA Annotated Tables (provides a list of OSHA PELS plus the most commonly used alternative sources of occupational exposure limits (OELs))

Listing of Risk Phrases used on EU data sheets

Dutch website tool for chemical and exposure evaluation

Greenscreen for safer chemicals


Confined Spaces

Summary of Confined Spaces Standard


Methylene Chloride

Methylene Chloride and Bathtubs: a Dangerous Combination (MSU OEM video)

Preventing Worker Deaths from Paint Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride (Cal-OSHA)

Paint Stripping Products: Safer, Less Toxic Choices (Cal-OSHA)

Successful Bathtub Stripping using Sanding as an Alternative to Methylene Chloride (WA State Dept of Labor and Industries)

Successful Bathtub Stripping with Benzyl Alcohol as an Alternative to Methylene Chloride (MC) (WA State Dept of Labor and Industries)


Nail Guns

Nail Gun Safety: The Facts


Respirator Safety

Respirator Safety (OSHA video in English and Spanish)

The Difference between Respirators and Surgical Masks (OSHA video in English and Spanish)


Struck-By Incidents

Struck-By Accidents (OSHA video in English and Spanish)