Minnesota 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.
The 2013/2014 season of Construction Seminars will be 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.
This year's seminars will all be 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.
Sept. 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
Nov. 20, 2013 -- The changing workforce
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
Jan. 21, 2014 -- MNOSHA statistics and update
This 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 that are 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
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
Excavations of all types can create serious safety concerns for every construction contractor and the employees who work in and around excavations.
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, Bolandar and Sons Co.; Jennifer K. Sweney, president, Gopher State One Call; Stephanie Taylor, principal investigator, Minnesota OSHA Compliance
Panelists: To be determined
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cranes and derricks in construction, subpart CC (March 12, 2013; The crane standard)
MNOSHA update -- GHS (Jan. 15, 2013; Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS) of chemicals)
Minnesota OSHA residential fall-protection trusses and roofing (Nov. 20, 2012; Residential fall-protection, focusing on roofs and trusses)