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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.

New:  Dates announced for 2016/2017 season

  • Sept. 20, 2016 -- Topic to be determined

  • Nov. 15, 2016 -- Topic to be determined

  • Jan. 17, 2017 -- Topic to be determined

  • March 21, 2017 -- Topic to be determined

  • May 16, 2017 -- Topic to be determined

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

Street signs for Crisis and ManagementNov. 17, 2015 -- Rescue plans, crisis management
Many types of emergencies can take place on a construction 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 flash and employers must be ready with ways to rescue workers if something goes 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:  Delorah Curry, organizational development, Minnesota Department of Transportation; Jennifer Hume-Jorgenson, safety engineer, Mortenson Construction; Rick Kranz, safety manager, Mortenson Construction; and Nancy Zentgraf, director, Minnesota OSHA Compliance

Jan. 19, 2016 -- MNOSHA programs, trends and recordkeeping
Handshake with gloved handsThis seminar will feature several interesting topics for those in Minnesota's construction industry. The panel will be reviewing trends and explaining various programs that can help employers improve safety on their worksites.

Fatalities and serious injuries -- There will be a brief update about fatalities and serious injuries in the construction industry, comparing the numbers for the past five years. Discussion will center on the causes of fatalities and serious injuries and the hazardous trends that have continued over time.

Partnerships -- Attendees will be updated about the types of partnerships MNOSHA Compliance and MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation (WSC) have within the construction industry. There will be an explanation about the requirements of these successful safety programs and what employes can do to be a partner with MNOSHA.

Safety Grant Program -- Learn about the WSC Safety Grant Program and how it works. This successful grant program has been in place for many years and has awarded state funds to help construction companies make changes to help reduce workplace injuries and illnesses at their worksites.

Recordkeeping requirements -- Lastly, this seminar will discuss the new recordkeeping requirements for serious injuries, clarifying the definition of a serious injury and when and how it must be reported to MNOSHA.

  • Panel members

    • Minnesota OSHA Compliance:  James Krueger, Minnesota OSHA, director
    • Fatalities and serious injuries:  Carrie Robertson, Minnesota OSHA Compliance, management analyst;
    • Partnerships:  Lisa Hollingsworth, Minnesota OSHA Compliance, principal safety investigator;
    • Safety Grant Program:  Mike Seliga, Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation, industrial hygienist 3; and
    • Recordkeeping requirements:  Gary Robertson, Minnesota OSHA Compliance, training officer

Confined space warning signMarch 15, 2016 -- Confined space in construction:  The new
confined-space standard, subpart AA
Unlike most general-industry worksites, construction worksites are
continually evolving, with the number and characteristics of confined
spaces changing as work progresses. A new standard emphasizes training, continual worksite evaluation and communication requirements to further protect workers' safety and health.

Attend this seminar to learn the scope of the new standard and what it
requires for practices and procedures to protect employees engaged in
construction activities involving a confined space.

  • Panel members:  Facilitator Ron Anderson, Minnesota OSHA Compliance; Blake Pfaffendorf, safety director, Carl Bolander & Sons; Sarah Semlak, safety, Q3 Contracting

ScaffoldingMay 17, 2016 -- Scaffolding in construction
An estimated 65 percent of all construction employees will work on a scaffold at some time. Join Minnesota OSHA Compliance for a discussion and review about what needs to be done to help assure safe working conditions when using scaffolds, including correct scaffold erection, training requirements for users, the need for a competent person on site, safe practices when working
on a scaffold and proper scaffold dismantling.

Common hazards associated with all types of scaffolds include:

  • falls from elevation due to lack of fall protection;
  • collapse of scaffolding, caused by instability or overloading;
  • being struck by falling tools, work materials or debris; and
  • electrocution, principally due to proximity of the scaffold to overhead power lines.

The safe use of scaffolds is a topic that needs to be revisited daily on construction sites. This seminar will cover basic safety considerations when using supported and suspended scaffolds.

  • Panel member:  Lisa Hollingsworth, MNOSHA Compliance, principal safety investigator



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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