Articles by Ronald E. Koons

A Workplace Fatality: How Bad Can it Get Afterwards?

May 16, 2014

I have had the unpleasant opportunity to consult with companies after a worker was killed while working on several occasions the past few years.  


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Surveyors Need to Know About OSHA's Proposed Silica Standard

February 1, 2014

I was speaking with a surveyor a few weeks ago and I migrated to a comment on Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposed silica regulations. He commented that he didn’t see how that could affect the surveying profession. After I briefly explained the proposal and what it encompassed, he quickly changed his mind.


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OSHA, Traffic Safety and the MUTCD

References to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) have been in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations since at least 2001 and possibly earlier.
February 1, 2014
In Subpart G of the 1926 Construction Regulations, three paragraphs for Signs, Flaggers and Barricades tie OSHA directly to the MUTCD for construction activities.


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Safety Sense: A Two-Minute Inspection That Can Save a Life

February 7, 2012
I was talking with a surveyor recently just outside his office. As we were wrapping up our conversation, one of his crew vehicles pulled into the parking lot. Two workers got out of the van, and one opened the passenger-side door to retrieve some equipment. What I observed about that vehicle in just a couple of minutes could have generated both OSHA and law enforcement citations, not to mention possible worker injuries or fatalities.
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Safety Sense: Safety and the Solo Surveyor

April 27, 2011
In the June 2004 issue of POB, my column focused on lone worker safety. Since that article, I have been asked questions about one-person crews at every class we conduct. I started this article after observing a one-person crew using a robotic station earlier this year.
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Safety Sense: How to Survive an OSHA Inspection

January 25, 2011
Over the past few months, we have assisted clients with more OSHA informal hearings than in any similar period since our company was started 18 years ago. Regardless of whether this represents a more aggressive stance by OSHA or just an unlucky time for our clients, the bottom line is that being prepared can help you avoid costly fines.
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Safety Sense: More about OSHA

December 1, 2010
In my June 2010 column (“OSHA goes on the offensive”), I provided an overview of the administrative enhancements to OSHA’s penalty policy and the new OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). The implementation of these new programs is now beginning. 
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Safety Sense: OSHA goes on the offensive.

June 1, 2010
In my October 2009 column (“Watch out for the new OSHA”), I addressed a bill that had the potential to drastically increase the OSHA penalty structure if passed by Congress. 
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Safety Sense: The new Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

March 1, 2010
The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration published a revised version of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices in the Federal Register on Dec. 16, 2009.
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Safety Sense: Watch out for the new OSHA.

October 1, 2009
Let’s face it: We had eight years of a pro-business administration at the Department of Labor. Now, for at least the next four years, look for a lot of changes within OSHA and its DOL agencies.
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More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.

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In the July 2014 issue, POB explores the growth of photovoltaic (PV) installations in the United States across residential, commercial and utilities markets. Also, read how an innovative system ensures the vertical alignment of Gerald Desmond Bridge.

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