Joe O'Connor

Freelance Writer

Joe O'Connor is with Intec, a safety consulting, training and publishing firm that offers on-site assistance and produces manuals, training videos and software for contractors. Based in Waverly, Pa., he can be reached at 607.624.7159 or

Articles by Joe O'Connor

June 2005
The following series of fatalities was studied by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Each involves contact with energized lines or equipment. In every case, NIOSH came to the same conclusion. After reading them, you can compare your thoughts to that conclusion. READ MORE
May 2005
Periodically, it is a good idea to take a look at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) activities and their plans for the future. This is particularly true following a presidential election. Important areas are personnel changes, the budget, the regulatory agenda and trends in enforcement as observed through the most frequently cited standards. READ MORE
May 2005
The emphasis the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) places on education and training for accident prevention is demonstrated by the number of standards on the topic and the number of citations issued for lack of training. OSHA offers more than 60 education and training requirements in OSHA construction standards and even more in General Industry. READ MORE
April 2005
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is often worn by employees without regard to its purchase, need or use. However, employers are required to know when and why employees must wear PPE and ensure it is used properly. In certain circumstances, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that the employer purchase the equipment. READ MORE
April 2005
Safety professionals always preach the value of an effective accident-prevention program. It saves lives, lowers accident costs and prevents fines for noncompliance with safety regulations. While these factors certainly command our attention, they typically take a back seat to estimating and production. Many contractors don't realize the role safety plays in the contract-award process. READ MORE
March 2005
Using a personal fall arrest system is no different than using any other personal protective equipment. In the hierarchy of protection, it is the last resort. The first step should be to remove fall hazards through engineering controls, such as guardrails. When all else fails, employees must rely on their personal fall arrest system. READ MORE
February 2005
Each year, thousands of workers are injured while working on ladders. Falls from ladders result in cuts, bruises, broken bones, and in some cases, lost lives. The three most common causes are ladders in poor condition, improper selection and improper use. To prevent accidents and comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, employees must be trained. READ MORE
January 2005
Approximately one in every 100,000 workers dies annually in vehicle accidents. Eleven percent of these occur in construction. A number of studies have been done to determine the causes. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report highlighting these causes. READ MORE
December 2004
The safety record of contractors often comes under scrutiny. General contractors and host employers review the programs, workers' comp records and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations of the subcontractors they hire. Have you ever wondered how the electrical construction industry measures up? READ MORE