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Preventing Falls From Rooftops

In construction, falls from higher levels result in more deaths and injuries than any other cause. Many of these accidents are falls from rooftops. Always remember to use the following precautions when working on rooftops: Fall protection is REQUIRED for anyone working on roofs or other work areas where the distance to the ground or … Read more »

Operating Aerial Lifts

  Aerial lifts are vehicle-mounted devices that allow workers to perform work above the ground. Construction workers involved in aerial lift accidents could face falls, broken bones and death. Approximately 26 construction workers die each year from using aerial lifts. More than half of the deaths involve boom-supported lifts, such as bucket trucks and cherry … Read more »

Choosing and Inspecting Ladders

Choose your ladder based on: Type- There are two types of ladders: fixed and portable. Fixed ladders are in place on buildings; portable ladders are movable. If you require a portable ladder, assess whether you need a self-supporting ladder, like an “A” frame, or a straight or extension ladder. Length- To determine the maximum working … Read more »

Myths and Facts about Falls in Residential Construction

Myth: Residential contractors don’t get injured as badly as commercial construction workers. Fact: Half of all construction workers who have fallen to their death in Massachusetts worked in residential construction. Myth: You have to fall a long distance to kill yourself. FACT: If you hit your head hard enough, you can die from any height. … Read more »

Fall Prevention Safety Stand Down 2015

The 2015 Fall Prevention Safety Stand Down is a national campaign to raise awareness of fall protection and prevention on construction sites. Each year, more than 200 construction workers are killed and over 10,000 are seriously injured by falls. It is the goal of the Safety Stand Down to prevent deaths and injuries caused by … Read more »

IUPAT Leader Participates in White House Upskill Summit

On Friday, April 24, 2015, Terry Nelson, business manager of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 82 of Little Canada, Minnesota, joined 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across the country at this White House summit that is answering President Obama’s recent call to action to … Read more »

C.O.R.E. Committee Meeting at International Training Center

On April 23, 2015 the Community Organizing for Real Economics (CORE) committee met at the international training facility in Hanover, MD to discuss short and long term goals for the next five years. CORE was launched by the IUPAT in October 2013 when representatives from numerous district councils met to discuss the best practices of … Read more »

Conway-Overly for Kentucky Receives Endorsement of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 21, 2015) – Attorney General Jack Conway and Rep. Sannie Overly today announced the endorsement of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) for the Conway-Overly for Kentucky ticket in the 2015 Kentucky governor’s race. “Sannie and I are proud to have the support of the International Union of Painters … Read more »

Income Inequality Affects Us All

In January, the AFL-CIO held its first National Summit on Raising Wages at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. The event hosted union and political leaders to address the alarmingly growing problem of income inequality in the United States and beyond. “Last summer, when we decided to put this Summit together, [we knew] that, once again, … Read more »

DOL News: Combatting Misclassification

Wage and Hour Division Administrator Dr. David Weil speaks to members of the Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program gathered at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix on April 1. Click for a larger photo. Construction businesses need a level playing field to be competitive. The Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program — a … Read more »