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Three Common Job Site Violations and How to Avoid Them

The United States is one of the largest construction markets worldwide. And every day, construction workers face numerous potential violations on their job site. Three of the most common violations have preventative measures, though. Are you taking the appropriate measures to avoid a job site shutdown for your workers?

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with three reasons behind job site shutdowns

  1. Municipal Noise Ordinance Violation – the maximum sound levels should not exceed the noise ordinance schedule. Failure to comply can result in a stop work order. Download our free noise reduction checklist now.  
  2. Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica –  cutting, grinding, blasting sawing, and crushing brick, concrete, and stone causes silica dust. Silica Dust particles must be limited to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over an average of eight hours. If this is ignored, your health and your wallet will suffer.
  3. Oil Spill – Aside from a job site shutdown, per the Environmental Protection Agency, if you are responsible for an oil spill, you may be required to pay for damages and cleanup resulting from the spill. 

Below are three ways to prevent the above violations

  1. Awareness of the Municipal Ordinance Violation – Workers need to be mindful of OSHA’s noise in construction standard, as well as the regulations of the town, city, and state project. Noise reduction barriers are a cost-effective way to cut construction noise by nearly half. 
  2. Education on Respirable Crystalline Silica – keeping your workers educated about respirable crystalline silica compliance will not only eliminate job site violations, but also reduce health risks. Learn how you can go dustless for a safer work environment.
  3. Preparation of Oil Spill Prevention – If the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) requirements are not met, anyone associated with an oil spill at a construction site can be held liable. Familiarize yourself with the SPCC requirements and develop a plan to prevent an oil spill. Containment Berms, for example, are ideal for spill containment.

Interested in learning more? We've compiled ten questions to ask yourself to be sure you're doing everything to keep job site noise levels low. Download our free Noise Reduction Checklist. 



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