Report: Frequency of on-the-job vehicular accidents has risen | Aon: July disasters caused billions of dollars in losses worldwide | ASSP launches VR Fall Protection Experience app
August 16, 2018
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Report: Frequency of on-the-job vehicular accidents has risen
A report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance finds that the frequency of workers' compensation claims decreased 17.6% from 2011 to 2016, while the frequency of on-the-job vehicular accidents rose 5%. NCCI notes that smartphones' share among cellphone ownership nearly doubled during the five-year period, and the report also says motor-vehicle accidents occurred in more than 40% of workers' compensation fatalities.
Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (8/10) 
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Aon: July disasters caused billions of dollars in losses worldwide
Wildfires, droughts and flooding were among the events that led to billions of dollars in estimated losses in July, Aon's Impact Forecasting unit said. Losses from California's Carr fire are expected to exceed $1 billion, while insured losses from storms that brought hail to the Rockies and Great Plains last week could surpass $100 million, Impact Forecasting said.
Artemis (8/10),  Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (8/10) 
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Control your supply chain quality
In the push to deliver construction projects quicker, cheaper and faster, general contractors may be exposed to increased risk. According to XL Catlin’s Rose Hoyle and Bill Lane, not keeping a close eye on subcontractors’ supply chains can be costly to contractors.
On the Radar Screen
ASSP launches VR Fall Protection Experience app
The American Society of Safety Professionals has unveiled the ASSP VR Fall Protection Experience app, which allows users to create a fall-protection system and see the results of their work. The virtual reality program asks users to select from multiple anchor points, harnesses and lanyards to make their system.
Engineering News-Record (8/14) 
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Survey: Safety leaders concerned with lack of executive support
Many safety leaders stated in the 2018 EHS National Safety Survey that company executives fail to completely support safety efforts. "The biggest frustration is the development of 'global' standards by people who do not have interaction with the plants and try to do the one-size-fits-all approach," one respondent said.
EHS Today (8/15) 
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Tariffs augment rising construction costs
Recent tariffs on steel, lumber and aluminum are escalating construction costs, which have already been steadily increasing for 19 months. Contractors are increasing their fees, but rising material costs could lead to lower profit margins, says Associated General Contractors of America Chief Economist Ken Simonson.
Reading Eagle (Pa.) (free content) (8/14) 
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Report: Contractors say risks they face today are not insurable
A report released this month found that contractors say many of the risks they face today are not insurable and that risk management has to evolve to keep up with changes in the industry.
ForConstructionPros (8/7) 
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Online Prevailing Wage System Spots Errors
eMars is a web based, certified, prevailing wage accuracy system that offers instant recognition of payroll errors, giving the user an 80% productivity improvement. Compared to paper and pencil preparation, the eMars system dramatically saves you money and time. Click here to learn more about The eMars Advantage.
Protocols & Procedures
Permit reviews plummeted; Seattle system still frustrates builders
A huge drop in completed initial reviews for permit applications -- 66 in May on the heels of 266 in April -- came as Seattle attempted to launch a $14 million online system for construction inspections, permits and complaints. The number in June was 229, but angry builders say the system still has glitches that have caused delays of weeks or months.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (8/13) 
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Legal Compliance
Environmentalists call for stricter sediment control in Md. county
Volunteers surveying construction sites in Anne Arundel County, Md., found only about a third of them are correctly using mulch and grass to stem sediment flows into waterways. Community groups and environmentalists say the survey results indicate a need for stricter enforcement of relevant regulations.
The Baltimore Sun (8/10) 
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OSHA releases Temporary Worker Initiative guidance bulletins
As part of its Temporary Worker Initiative, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a bulletin saying staffing agencies and host employers must identify workplace respiratory hazards and provide appropriate respirators for temporary employees in general industry, construction and maritime work. A separate OSHA bulletin outlines necessary steps for agencies and host employers to comply with its Occupational Noise Standard, including tracking noise exposure levels and providing necessary hearing protection.
Safety + Health (8/13) 
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Project Focus
NTSB: No probable cause yet for FIU bridge collapse
The National Transportation Safety Board has released photos that show big cracks in the Florida International University pedestrian bridge but says investigators still have not determined the cause of the bridge's collapse in March. The board will likely not issue a final report until 2019 or 2020.
Engineering News-Record (8/10) 
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