As stated in this month’s ADOSH Advocate

Silica Has Been Adopted
In the past year ADOSH has provided articles related to Silica and how to prevent exposure to employees. In addition to the articles, the ADOSH Consultation Department has been working with employers in the construction industry to identify silica exposures. Employers either used engineering controls or personal protective equipment.  As of July 23, 2018, ADOSH received the written notification that the rule was adopted.
At this time, we would like to encourage any employers who may have questions or would like to have an Industrial Hygiene consultant visit your jobsite to determine what hazards are present call either our Phoenix or Tucson office. Our staff can help with program development and monitoring for free.
Phoenix Office: 602-542-1769
Tucson Office: 520-628-5478
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METAL/NONMETAL Serious Accident Alert

Surface – Lead-Zinc  On April 11, 2018, a miner received serious injuries when he was struck by a piece of metal floor grating.  A construction supervisor stepped on a section of metal floor grating. that was unsupported and unsecured on one edge . The grating, which weighed over 100 lbs., tilted, fell through the opening it was supposed to cover, and struck the miner 25 feet below.

Best Practices

* Ensure that floor gratings and covers installed over travelways are substantially constructed, fully supported, secured in place, inspected regularly and properly maintained.

* Inspect metal structures located in wet or corrosive environments frequently to identify deterioration that may present a safety hazard.

* Evaluate the integrity and support strength of any cover that was not designed as a walkway prior to walking on it. Provide and maintain a safe means of access to all working places.

* Restrict access to covers over openings not specifically designed to serve as travelways. Provide readily visible warning signs that clearly display the nature of the hazard and any protective action required.

* If the travel surface integrity is unknown or cannot be readily confirmed, ALWAYS wear fall protection.