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Minnesota OSHA Compliance -- Construction Seminars

MNOSHA Construction SeminarsMinnesota OSHA's free Construction Seminars feature a presentation about a specific construction safety or health topic -- with time for questions, answers and input -- plus an update from MNOSHA Compliance about what's currently happening regarding investigations.

There is no fee for the seminars, but participants are still asked to pre-register for each seminar. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverages.

Dates announced for 2014/2015 season -- topics and panelists TBD

  • Sept. 16, 2014

  • Nov. 18, 2014

  • Jan. 13, 2015

  • March 17, 2015

  • May 19, 2015

Mark your calendars now and get placed on the seminar mailing list by calling (651) 284-5375 or emailing a request to osha.compliance@state.mn.us.

Help us spread the word:  view/print an informational flier about the Construction Seminars

Location, format

The Construction Seminars are at the MnDOT Training and Conference Center, 1900 W. Cty. Road I, Shoreview, MN. The facility is state of the art and has plenty of free parking available for attendees. Directions and maps are available at www.dot.state.mn.us/hr/trngctr/contacts.html. Doors open at 6:30 a.m.; program begins at 7 a.m.

The seminars are presented in a panel discussion format. The Construction Seminar Steering Committee decided this format leads to better interaction with the audience, leading to a better understanding and more practical learning. This format provides a safe environment for participants to ask real worksite questions and get real worksite safety and health solutions.

2013/2014 season of Construction Seminars

Photo, construction worker on roof with fall protectionMay 20, 2014 -- Fall protection
Ladders, scaffolds, residential, commercial

Falls in the construction industry account for a majority of fatalities and serious injuries. It doesn't matter where, how or from what height, falls are always a
serious safety concern. The fall protection standard, 1926.501, was the number
one most frequently cited standard in the construction industry last year --
cited 435 times by Minnesota OSHA Compliance.

Attend this seminar to learn the compliance requirements, hear what panel members think needs to be done to prevent construction employees from falling
and learn -- from those in the construction industry -- how they are preventing falls on their worksites.

  • Panelists
    -- Moderator
       Mark Monson, technical director -- specialty, Hanover Risk Solutions; MIS, CSP, CRIS

    -- Martin Breimhurst, training manager -- fall protection, 3M Personal Safety Division; CSP, CET

    -- Scott Ingalls, training manager specialist, Advantage Scaffold & Ladders

    -- Lee Craig, safety investigator 3, Minnesota OSHA Compliance

  • Register for this free event

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March 18, 2014 -- Excavation inspections/utilities
Jobsites above and below ground; pre-inspections; daily inspections; resources

Photo of excavationExcavations of all types can create serious safety concerns for every
construction contractor and the employees who work in and around

As with all construction worksites, diligent planning for any excavation is
required to assure worksite safety. This step is especially important when working with excavations, due to the many dangerous hazards associated with this type of work -- cave-ins, fuel lines, electrical cables, water lines, hazardous levels of air contaminants and more.

Learn about the different excavation hazards that must be considered long before digging starts and better understand how to eliminate these hazards before they cause injuries or fatalities.

  • Panelists:  Jeff Murray, assistant program manager for damage prevention, Office of Pipeline Safety Division, Minnesota Department of Public Safety; Blake Pfaffendorf, safety director, Carl Bolander and Sons Co.; Jennifer K. Sweney, president, Gopher State One Call; Stephanie Taylor, principal investigator, Minnesota OSHA Compliance

  • View a presentation from the seminar

Jan. 21, 2014 -- MNOSHA statistics and update
Minnesota OSHA logoThis seminar will present Minnesota OSHA's construction fatality and
serious-injury statistics for the past five years, plus inform attendees
about the most recent MNOSHA news from Compliance and from
Workplace Safety Consultation.

Reviewing fatality and serious-injury statistics illuminates areas where efforts still need to be taken to reduce worksite hazards. MNOSHA's news includes new standards requirements, national and local special emphasis programs, an update about construction partnerships and a review of the many programs offered at no cost.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions, get involved and help achieve better safety on each jobsite. Plus, as always, the discussion is citation-free.

  • Topics and presenters
    -- Emcee
       Nancy Zentgraf, MNOSHA director of training and outreach

    -- MNOSHA serious injury and fatality statistics from the past five years
       Carrie Robertson, MNOSHA program analyst

    -- MNOSHA Compliance partnerships
       Lisa Hollingsworth, MNOSHA safety investigator

    -- Consultation programs, partnerships and an update
       William Stuart, MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation investigator

    -- MNOSHA program update
       James Krueger, MNOSHA Compliance director

Nov. 20, 2013 -- The changing workforce

Handshake with work gloves on

This session will try to encompass the many issues -- and provoke beneficial discussion -- about construction safety and the changing workforce. Older employees often have greater construction experience, but may have health issues that come into play on the worksite, while younger employees usually have less on-the-job experience with safe practices, but may have greater energy and stamina. Prejudices toward gender, different nationalities and different customs may cause controversy and confusion on worksites, plus there may be language barriers in the mix, leading to a breakdown of the safety procedures that are already in place.

The workforce is changing, so how do employers and employees keep construction worksite safety and health a priority? Join the discussion and share your ideas and experiences.

  • Panelists:  Moderator Gary Robertson, MNOSHA training officer; Lisa Hollingworth, MNOSHA safety investigator; Terry Hukriede, Adolfson & Peterson, regional safety director; Chad Stuart, Q3 Contracting, Inc., safety and health manager; and others

  • View a presentation from the seminar

Driver on construction siteSept. 17, 2013 -- Vehicle safety
Distracted driving, whether caused by visual, manual or cognitive distractions, is
a serious issue on roadways and on worksites. Join Minnesota OSHA Compliance and a panel of safety and health experts to discuss the types of driving
distractions, the causes of distracted driving, the serious problems associated
with distracted driving and what can be done to keep employees engaged while
they are driving -- while working and on their own time.

  • Panelists:  Glad Felter and Lisa Kons, instructors, Minnesota Safety Council; Sgt. Scott Wahl, Minnesota Highway Patrol; and Thomas Udelhoven, risk control consultant, CNA

More information, mailing list

For more information about the construction seminars or to be placed on the seminar mailing list, call
(651) 284-5375 (toll-free call 1-877-470-6742) or email osha.compliance@state.mn.us.

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