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Minnesota OSHA Compliance -- Construction Seminars

About the seminars

MNOSHA Construction Seminars

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.

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.

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.

Dates, topics for 2015/2016 season

Sept. 15, 2015 -- Defective or damaged tools, equipment, PPE:  Throw it away!
Male wearing dirty safety vest while directing trafficWhy is it so hard for us to get rid of defective equipment that -- if used -- could
cause a serious injury or worse?

  • Ladders with broken rungs that are wired, duct taped or spliced with wood and nails.
  • Electrical hand-tools that have broken strain relief or the insulation on the cord is cut or worn through, showing bare wire.
  • Synthetic slings used to lift and move heavy materials when the red warning thread can be seen.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE):   employees wearing high-visibility garments that are so dirty they can't help make employees visible to vehicle operators; employees wearing hard hats that are outdated according to the manufacturer or that have been damaged.

How and why is this happening?

Continued use of damaged or defective equipment, tools and PPE creates serious problems on construction worksites and exposes employees to potential injuries. Attend this seminar to discuss these types of workplace hazards. Find out when tools, equipment and PPE need to be discarded and replaced to help assure the safety of every construction worker.

  • Panel members:  Facilitator -- Bob Williams, Adolfson and Peterson Construction, regional safety director; Dean Johnson, Graham Construction Services, Inc., safety director; and Bob Sarna, MNOSHA Compliance, administrative director

  • View/print the brochure for the event

  • Register to attend

Nov. 17, 2015 -- Rescue plans, crisis management
What is an emergency on construction worksites and what plans need to be in place for these emergencies? There are many different types of emergencies that can take place on a worksite because there are so many different types of construction. What is safe one moment is no longer safe the next. Workplace situations and hazards can change in a short period of time and we must be ready for them with ways to rescue workers should something go wrong. How do you plan for an emergency or a rescue?

What do you do after someone is hurt? What is crisis management and how is it applied? This seminar will take an in-depth look at what needs to be done to have effective emergency and rescue plans, as well as a crisis management system if something does occur.

  • Panel members:  To be determined

Jan. 19, 2016 -- Topic to be determined

March 15, 2016 -- Topic to be determined

May 17, 2016 -- Topic to be determined



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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