• Construction Workers and Heroin Overdoses

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    December 17, 2018
    Construction Industry Ranks Highest for Heroin-Methadone-Related Overdose Deaths according to the CDC
    In an article from Safety And Health Magazine from the National Safety Council, it is noted that construction workers have the highest proportional mortality ratio for heroin- and methadone-related overdose deaths, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of 26 occupations shows. 
    Read the article here
    Carbon Monoxide Hazards
    As winter is here, it’s time to close up our work areas to be able to finish them up in the cold weather.  A new investigation report from SHARP’s WA FACE program describes the death of a boat maintenance supervisor from carbon monoxide poisoning while using a gasoline powered pressure washer.  Enclosing the pressure washer presents the same hazard we create when we have internal heat sources or run generators or power equipment inside our enclosed work area.  The report includes recommendations and resources to help employers keep workers safe from similar hazards.
    Washington State CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC) will be meeting this Tuesday, December 18th from 9:00am to 12:00 noon.  The meeting will take place at Labor and Industries building at 12806 Gateway Dr S Tukwila, WA 98168.  However, you are welcome to join the meeting via phone by dialing 1-866-715-6499 and when prompted for the meeting passcode number, enter 3864698206, followed by the # sign.  The mission of the Washington State Construction Advisory Committee is to provide a forum where business, labor, and government identify challenges and develop solutions to Washington’s construction workplace health and safety challenges.
    Curt Nead, Director of Safety