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Simpson Strong-Tie Promotes Deck Safety Month with an Updated Online Deck Resource Center

Tue, 2019-05-21 11:37

Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, today announced a comprehensive update to its online deck resource center in conjunction with Deck Safety Month.

It’s Time to Elevate Safety at Heights

Tue, 2019-05-21 11:29

As 19-year-old Sarah Wong and 71-year-old Alan Justad sat in their cars on Mercer Street in Seattle, waiting for traffic to move about 3:30 p.m. on April 27, 2019, a construction crane fell from nearly nine stories above, crushing their cars and killing them.

CA Lumber Co. Faces Nearly $400K Fine Over Worker Death

Tue, 2019-05-21 11:18

A Morgan Hill-based lumber company reached a $375,000 settlement agreement with a northern California county over the death of a sawmill employee in 2013.

OSHA Issues Latest Rule in Standards Improvement Project

Tue, 2019-05-21 11:10

Reducing annual lung X-ray requirements, eliminating the collection of employee Social Security numbers and removing feral cats from the list of “rodents” in shipyard sanitation standards are among the 14 revisions in a final rule issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Did You Know 9,000 Will Die from Skin Cancer?

Tue, 2019-05-21 11:00

With temperatures warming and summer right around the corner, now is a good time to review a hazard alert from the Center for Construction Research and Training (known as CPWR) that warns about the risk of skin cancer from sun exposure and offering tips for preventing and recognizing it.

Repairing Plastic Is Easier than Ever with New DAP RapidFuse Plastic Primer Kit

Tue, 2019-05-07 12:57

Repairing plastic? No problem. With new DAP® RapidFuse™ Plastic Primer Kit, hard-to-bond plastic surfaces are no match, offering a fast and flawless repair where other quick-fix adhesives fall short.

Boise Cascade Completes Acquisition of American Lumber Distributors

Tue, 2019-05-07 12:51

Boise Cascade Company (Boise Cascade) (NYSE: BCC) today announced the completion of the acquisition of American Lumber Distributors headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

LP Building Solutions Introduces New LP BuildSmart Program App

Tue, 2019-05-07 12:48

Today, LP Building Solutions introduced a smartphone app for its LP® BuildSmart™ program, which is designed to boost LP® SmartSide® preferred contractors’ businesses. With this new app, members can more easily turn LP® SmartSide®product purchases into LP BuildSmart points that can be redeemed for tools, sales services, and co-branded marketing support. The app also enables members to retrieve homeowner leads directly from their phones.

Simpson Strong-Tie Renews Habitat for Humanity Sponsorship

Tue, 2019-05-07 12:42

Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, renewed its partnership with Habitat for Humanity International for the 13th consecutive year. To date, the company has contributed nearly $4 million toward Habitat’s goal of helping to provide families in need with an affordable and decent place to call home.

Why Reporting All Incidents Matters

Tue, 2019-05-07 11:58

The concept of incident reporting has been around for quite some time now. Though it was designed to improve safety in the workplace, there are still a number of reasons employees refuse to comply avoid this. Management and frontline workers need to understand why reporting an incident makes a big difference in the safety, efficiency and overall well-being of the organization and its members. 

Harwood Fall Prevention Training on the Road

Tue, 2019-05-07 10:07

A spring Wisconsin snowstorm failed to derail more than 30 framers from attending fall prevention training at Altman Construction Company, Inc. in Wisconsin Rapids on April 11. Provided by the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA) and its National Framers Council (NFC), this was the first class held off-site rather than at SBCA’s offices in Madison, an important step in getting this valuable information out to more framers. Reactions to the course, which is made possible by the Susan Harwood Training Grant through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), were positive.

Innovative BVLZ Brick Veneer Ledger Connector Attaches Ledgers to Wood-Framed Houses Through Brick Veneer

Mon, 2019-04-22 17:48

Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, today announced the release of the BVLZ brick veneer ledger connector kit, a code-compliant, tested solution for attaching decks to wood-framed homes that have a brick or masonry veneer exterior covering.

Above and Beyond: Atchison Heller

Mon, 2019-04-22 17:44

Kentucky-based Atchison Heller Construction Company is  a family-owned business of professionals passionate about buildings that last. Specializing in custom homes, remodels and renovations, a key to the team’s philosophy is stepping up their building enclosures. In a recent large custom home they advanced their build with integrated sheathing and fluid-applied flashing for a streamlined approach to maintaining continuous air and water barriers. To stand by their promise to deliver a durable home with dependable indoor comfort, they chose ZIP System® R-sheathing and liquid flash to achieve a tightly sealed building envelope.

Are You Missing Dangers Right Before Your Eyes?

Mon, 2019-04-22 17:35

One split second is all it takes for a life to be changed forever or taken away by a workplace accident. Each year, close to 9,000 people are killed on the job across the U.S. and Europe; no doubt all these workplaces had safety protocols in place, but clearly more could have been done to prevent this loss. 

Reminder: Employers Must Post Injury/Illness Summary through April 30

Mon, 2019-04-22 17:28

Each year, employers are required to post a copy of OSHA Form 300A from Feb. 1 through April 30. The summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to workers are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer workers and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements.

Frogale: NFC & SBCA Network Helps Solve Framing Problem

Mon, 2019-04-22 17:16

What does a component manufacturer do when they deliver their structural building components for a 70,000 sq. ft. condo building, and the contracted framer doesn’t show up? For Gene Frogale, who experienced this problem in 2018, he quickly reached out to Kenny Shifflett, a fellow member of the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA), past president of the National Framers Council (NFC), and owner of Ace Carpentry in Manassas, Virginia.

Get Ready! Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls Is May 6-10

Mon, 2019-04-22 17:06

Falls continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers. OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down is May 7-11, 2018. Join safety-focused framers around the country to raise awareness about common fall hazards in construction, and how falls from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs can be prevented. 

WTO: USDOC Needs to Conform to Obligations Under Anti-Dumping Agreement

Wed, 2019-04-10 08:49

The key concept for the WTO evaluation is defining what is a “fair comparison”. The USDOC used the “Differential Pricing Methodology” to examine whether the export prices were set in a manner that would be defined as unfair.

Video: How to Seal Windows from Leaks - Sill Pan Flashing

Tue, 2019-04-09 11:04

This step-by-step video provides quick, easy-to-follow tips on how to prevent windows from water & air leaks by properly flashing the window sill pan. This video is the first in a 3-part series on how to flash windows to help avoid leak paths.

California Fines Contractor after Worker Seriously Injured in Fall

Tue, 2019-04-09 10:57

California OSHA issued four citations and $75,750 in penalties to Accurate Comfort Systems Inc. after a worker suffered serious injuries in a fall from a 12-foot-high work area. Inspectors determined that the company allowed workers to stand on the ladder's top cap, and failed to ensure the ladder was secured and extended to the appropriate distance. The company was previously cited for these violations in 2017.

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