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construction safety Question 1. State and describe at least four to five examples of milestones affecting the safety movement, from the 1800s until present. How has the role of organized

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labor played a significant role in the safety movement?

Question 2. Explain how workplace tragedies have affected the safety movement. What circumstances led to the development of the first organized safety program?

Question 3. State and describe the “three Es of safety,” and explain their roles in early safety and health programs

Question 4. Identify four examples of forces that have been influential in changing the nature of the construction industry. Provide examples of each and explain their

impact in detail.
Question 5. State the major players that make up the safety and health team of a construction company, and explain the roles of each person in the safety and health


Question 6. Heinrich summarized what he thought health and safety decision makers should know about accidents. Identify his 10 Axioms of Industrial Safety. Compare

these 10 ideas to his Domino Theory. Explain your answer.

Question 7. How does today’s rate of accidental work deaths compare with the rates of the early 1900s? What are the five leading causes of deaths on work sites today?

Question 8. Identify areas of the body that are more prone to injury. Of those identified, which usually involve chemical burns? Why? Also, of those identified, which

usually involve heat burn injuries? Why?

Question 9. Analyze how the overall cost of a workplace accident is calculated. Once an accident is calculated, what elements make up the cost? Identify and explain

these elements in detail.

Question 9. What are the five factors that workers should consider before beginning the process of collecting information in order to make a decision? Explain how you

think pondering these factors can assist a worker in making an informed decision while on the job. How do stressors cloud the judgment of someone making decisions on-


Question 10. A commercial shipping company experienced increased business prior to the holiday season and immediately needed more trained forklift operators to help

with the workload. Due to the urgent need, an employee was ordered by his supervisor to start moving pallets with a forklift. Knowing that he has never operated a

forklift previously and has never been trained in how to operate one, the employee was concerned about his safety and expressed this concern to his supervisor. His

supervisor told the employee to do what he was told or start looking for another job. The employee notified the facility union representative, who promptly called OSHA

to report the concerns. Subsequently, OSHA arrived and conducted an inspection; multiple violations were issued to the company concerning forklift operators who had

not been trained. Upon receipt of the violations, the company terminated the employment of the employee who notified the union representative. Were the actions of the

employee appropriate? Were the actions of the employer appropriate? Review the whistleblower portions of the OSH Act at www.osha.gov, and provide your opinion on each

question, along with a thorough explanation of your stance.

Your essay should be at least 500 words in length and include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. You are required to use at least your textbook as source

material for your response. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.

Question 11. You are a safety manager for a West Coast construction company. In the past, you have made poor choices when faced with ethical dilemmas involving on-

the-job accidents. Now you are called to the job-site to act as the mediator for a situation involving a supervisor and some of his employees. The disagreement

involves the employees stating that their supervisor is implying that they disregard OSHA regulations when it comes to their own safety. Your team is working against a

deadline to complete a job in an area in which the construction industry is booming. You and your supervisor know that you both will get a monetary bonus if you

complete the job by a certain time. How would you determine a potential course of action in handling this situation? What ethical guidelines would you follow in making

a decision on handling the issue? Explain your answers in detail.

Your essay should be at least 500 words in length and include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. You are required to use at least your textbook as source

material for your response. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.

Question 12. Summarize some of the problems that are associated with workers’ compensation. What types of actions are workers’ compensation reform movements likely to

recommend in the future?

Question 13. Based on the findings of a compliance officer’s workplace inspections, OSHA is empowered to issue citations and penalties. Compare and contrast the four

different types of citations that can be issued. How are they different from each other?

Question 14. Briefly explain the mission of the OSH Act. What is the rationale behind the Act?
Question 15. Explain the rationale for workers’ compensation. What are the objectives of workers’ compensation? Who is covered by this program, and how does it attempt

to help prevent future accidents?

Question 16. Explain how workers’ compensation can sometimes result in people abusing the system? Describe cautionary flags that could raise suspicion of workers’

compensation fraud. Identify and explain a past case of workers’ compensation fraud. What were the results?


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