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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 and 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.

2016/2017 season dates, topics, presenters

Large construction truckSept. 20, 2016 -- Construction site safety
Being struck by or backed over by heavy equipment or other vehicles on a construction site is the second leading cause of death and the leading cause of injuries for construction workers. Because heavy equipment operators have an extremely hard time seeing employees working neaby, blind spots behind or around vehicles can be deadly.

These types of injuries and deaths can be prevented with pre-planning, the core for all effective construction site safety. This seminar will discuss how to remove "struck-by" hazards from construction sites and the best preventive steps employers, equipment operators and employees can take to keep workers safe around heavy equipment and other vehicles. Hear what other contractors are doing to prevent these accidents on their worksites. Minnesota OSHA Compliance will talk about citations and accidents that have occurred in these areas.

  • Presenters:  Robert Balsavich, principal safety investigator, Minnesota OSHA Compliance; and Blake Pfaffendorf, safety director, Carl Bolander and Sons

Nov. 15, 2016 -- Partnerships
Workers shaking handsWhen Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compliance or MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation partner with a construction employer there is a mutual respect, a sharing of safe work practices and a commitment to keeping the lines of communication open. These programs acknowledge employers, project owners and workers who achieve safety and health excellence.

At this seminar, learn about the different types of Minnesota OSHA's partnering programs, their importance for Minnesota's construction industry and how an employer can go from having a basic safety program to being recognized in MNOSHA Compliance's Partnership Program or MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation's Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP).

  • Presenters:  Lisa Hollingsworth, principal safety investigator, Minnesota OSHA Compliance; and Mike Seliga, industrial hygienist 3, Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation

Jan. 17, 2017 -- Electrical safety
Electrical hazard signElectrical hazards -- found on almost every job site -- are one of the
greatest hazards on construction sites. The presenters at this Construction Seminar will help you recognize common electrical hazards and show you ways to decrease those hazards at your job site. The discussion will
include:  what the project manager can do to control electrical hazards; common electrical citations from Minnesota OSHA; and serious injuries
and fatalities electrical hazards have caused in Minnesota.

  • Presenters:  Mike Barthen, principal safety investigator, Minnesota OSHA Compliance; Diana Nelson, safety coordinator, Hunt Electric Corporation; and Bob Williams, regional safety director, Adolfson & Peterson Construction

March 21, 2017 -- Excavation safety
Excavation worksiteExcavation and trenching are among the most hazardous operations in construction. In Minnesota, there have been three excavation-related fatalities in the past two years and five serious-injury accidents in the past five years.

This Construction Seminar will cover the most common hazards associated with excavation or trenching work and how to protect workers. Common excavation violations and accidents that have occurred in Minnesota will also be discussed.

  • Presenters:  Lee Craig, principal safety investigator, Minnesota
    OSHA Compliance



May 16, 2017 -- OSHA's silica standard
Cement workConstruction sites are dusty places, but what is in the dust?
Construction workers are clearly at risk of developing silicosis and
other lung diseases if they breathe high levels of concrete and
rock dust.

This Construction Seminar is designed to help those in the
construction industry anticipate and control silica exposures, and
learn how to comply with OSHA's silica standard.

Silica standard delayed until Sept. 23, 2017
Following federal OSHA's decision, Minnesota OSHA has decided to
delay the enforcement of the crystalline silica standard (1926.1153) in construction. Enforcement of this standard was to begin June 23, 2017,
but will now begin Sept. 23, 2017. Minnesota OSHA will continue to
provide guidance to employers to ensure they are successful in implementing the requirements of the standard.

  • Presenters:  Ron Anderson, supervisor, Minnesota OSHA
    Compliance; and Don J. Garvey, CIH, CSP technical service
    specialist, 3M



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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