Tag: Safety

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Optimizing safety through design

In the high-risk industries of civil engineering and construction, workers are often exposed to serious hazards. According to OSHA, one in five worker deaths in 2018 were in construction. The leading causes are a result of the “Fatal Four” – falling, being struck by objects, electrocution, and caught-in-between hazards. And while dangerous site conditions play a role in workers’ safety, so does human behavior. Distractions...

Engineers work to reduce drowning deaths at low-head dams

A coalition of civil engineers, academics, professional organizations, and regulatory agencies is working to raise public awareness about the dangers associated with low-head dams.

ASCE paper analyzes construction safety climate with international focus

A new paper uses a standardized tool to compare the safety climate in the Chinese, Australian, and Indonesian construction industries.

U.S. Army Corps deconstructs nuclear facilities, carefully

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently decommissioned and dismantled a nuclear power plant onboard a ship — the first of a trio of reactors that must be deconstructed over the next several years.

Federal election results spell a mixed message for infrastructure funding

The outlook for federal infrastructure funding remains unclear in the wake of a Joe Biden victory and the possibility of a divided Congress.

Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle open streets to pedestrians during pandemic

Lighter than usual traffic prompts West Coast cities to convert streets for increased use by pedestrians and cyclists.

The ASCE Report Card advocates for infrastructure

ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure and state assessments have had a lasting impact on the way politicians and policymakers address the nation’s critical infrastructure needs.

Lessons learned in the Beirut blast

Experts compared established projections with the actual damage from the blast at the Port of Beirut. How well did the predictions do?

Fall Prevention vs. Fall Protection vs. Fall Restraint

Tony Brown, Aff.M.ASCE, spent 10 years in safety with heavy construction companies and 25 years with the EPA and OSHA’s Construction Directorate. Since retiring, he has continued consulting and working with construction and the crane industry, and is active on the ASCE Construction Institute’s Construction Safety Committee. He is a former chair of CI/ASCE’s Crane Safety Committee, a past member of the ASME Main...