Silica exists just about everywhere on and off construction sites. It’s the second most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust, and it’s contained in sand, brick, block, concrete, tile and other building materials. Mechanical construction workers frequently engage in activities that produce respirable silica dust. Whether or not the dust containing silica becomes harmful depends on many factors, including the size of the particles, the concentration of respirable silica being inhaled and the duration of the exposure.
Pennsylvania Competition was held on September 21, 2017 at GBCA Member, Fizzano Brothers Concrete Products in Delaware County. The regional winner will travel to compete in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete convention for the title “World’s Best Bricklayer” and will take home $65,000 cash and prizes including a new Ford F-250XLT 4x4 truck. First place went to Joe Master and his tender, Ryan Drakely from GBCA Member, Dan Lepore & Sons Company. Second place went Mike Kowalski and his tender, Ron Goode from GBCA Member, D.M. Sabia & Co., Inc.
On Wednesday, September 20, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a memorandum (attached) to OSHA Regional Administrators announcing how the Agency will handle enforcement of the new silica standard for the construction industry, which takes effect on September 23, 2017.