Mast Climbing Safety and Documentation

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) enforces standards to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers. Ever wonder where they get these standards?

OSHA Fall Emphasis Program: What You Need To Know

On May 1, the Department of Labor announced OSHA's new National Emphasis Program addressing falls. Falls are not only the top violation cited within construction, but also the leading cause of fatal workplace injuries.

RECAP: Safety Leaders Meeting August 10th, 2022

The MCAA held its quarterly Safety Leaders Meeting on August 10th, 2022 at 11:00 AM Central Time. The meetings are designed to foster peer-to-peer learning and discussions on safety topics, and help the MCAA provide resources in support of our members.

Alert: OSHA's National Emphasis Program On Indoor + Outdoor Heat

OSHA has released a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) on outdoor and indoor heat. The program went into effect on April 8 of this year and will remain in effect for three years.

Nominations Open: 2022 Safety Advantage Awards Sponsored By Federated Insurance

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Safety Advantage Awards Presented By Federated Insurance. The awards are given out each year to those who submit the lowest incident rates for their respective companies.

A Tall Task: Height Safety Q&A

Learn more about height safety from two Safety Advantage Award Winners

Submit Your Company For The MCAA Safety Advantage Awards Sponsored By Federated Insurance

The MCAA Safety Advantage Awards (sponsored by Federated Insurance) are presented annually to companies who submit the lowest incident rates for the year.

Hazcom in Construction Environments

Brush up on interpreting SDS’s, and the proper ways of handling chemicals. Refresh your knowledge on Hazcom practices with this informative article.

UPDATED WITH SPANISH LANGUAGE VERSION: COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan For Construction

This template was originally developed by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, which the MCAA is a member of, on March 25, 2020. It was updated on April 22, 2020, and most recently on August 17, 2020.

New OSHA Clarifications Impact The Masonry Industry

OSHA has had numerous recent rulings and interpretations that have been good for our industry. Just yesterday, they announced further clarification on a COVID interpretation that was released earlier this year.

Better Health Means Easier Work

Discover helpful ways to stay healthy and keep your body in shape for the job site.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Comprehensive Resource List

Here is a list of COVID-19 resources for both your personal and professional life. As news becomes available, we will continue to update this page.

A Different Kind Of 3 M – Mortar Mixer Maintenance

Maintenance keeps our products in pristine condition. Brush up on mixer maintenance today!

Scaffold Safety: Do's and Don'ts

David Ivey from Malta Dynamics gives us a refresher course in the do's and don'ts of scaffold safety. Brush up with these critical tips!

Thanksgiving Fire Prevention Safety

Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of home cooking fires than an average day according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Scaffold Hazards

Employees should be able to list the three most serious hazards which may be present during scaffold use.

Near Miss Reporting

Whether there is no injury, a small bruise or scratch, or an amputation, the consequences of unsafe acts and conditions are left to chance.

Signs of a Stroke

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.

Elevated Surfaces Checklist

The following checklist may help you take steps to avoid hazards that cause injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

Individual Quality Makes the Difference

Failure to do things correctly can jeopardize the health and safety of those around us, as well as our own well being.

Keeping Seatbelts Safe

By law, most passenger cars on the road today should be equipped with seat safety belts, and many trucks also have this life saving equipment.

Lightning Safety

If the sky looks threatening or you hear thunder, get inside a substantial building - one with wiring and plumbing.

Danger Using Utility Knives

There’s one hand tool that demands your respect over many others in the workplace, a tool that can cut you to the bone in an instant — the utility knife.

Guardrails, Handrails and Covers

No matter what type of construction work you're in you see guardrails, handrails and covers on a regular basis.

2019 MCAA Safety Advantage Award Winners

The MCAA presented the MCAA Safety Advantage Awards, sponsored by Federated Insurance, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, during the MCAA Midyear Meeting in New Hampshire.

Supported Scaffold Safety Tips

Supported scaffolds consist of one or more platforms supported by beams, brackets, poles, legs, uprights, posts, frames, or similar rigid support.

The Basics of Safety

If you are unsure how to perform a task, ask your supervisor. Don't guess. Make sure you know in advance the correct, safe way to do it.

Fire Prevention: Not a Once-a-Year Responsibility

How often do you think about fire prevention? Weekly? Monthly? Yearly? Unless your answer to that question is “daily,” you have some work to do.

Silica Safety

Get the resources you need to comply with OSHA's Silica Rule when you join the MCAA.

OSHA Rule on Drinking Water

We need to make sure each project is in compliance with the OSHA standards concerning Potable Water.

Protective Footwear

You may or may not have given protective footwear much thought. Wearing the right shoes will help you do a better job, and do it safer.

Heat Stress 2

By following heat-related safety tips, employers can aid in protecting employees from extreme heat conditions.


A respirator is an important piece of personal protective equipment that may be worn for many different reasons.

Fall Protection Information

Each year, falls result in many serious injuries, and approximately 20% of all falls are fatal. This means that for every five persons involved in a falling accident, one dies.

Safety and Efficiency

Sarah Hurtado and Paul Guth of iQ Power Tools sit down to get a better understanding of how safety and efficiency can coexist.

Selecting the Right Gloves

You now have even more reason to wear your protective equipment since OSHA has added hand safety to its standard on personal protective equipment.

Why Have Safety Meetings?

Safety meetings are an opportunity for management and your safety department to communicate to employees how they can do their jobs safer and better.

Ladder Safety Rules

Gravity never forgets. As soon as you set foot on the ladder’s first rung and pull your body off the ground, gravity works to bring you back to earth.

Firework Safety Tips

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring injury and accidents.

Last chance to enter Safety Advantage Awards

Submissions for the 2019 MCAA Safety Advantage Awards, sponsored by Federated Insurance, are due June 30, 2019. This is your last chance to enter the awards.

Heat Exhaustion and Sunstroke

Heat exhaustion is caused by the loss of body salt, and sunstroke occurs when the body mechanism is not able to keep the system cool.

Forklift Operator Retraining

Refresher training shall be conducted to ensure that the operator has the knowledge and skills needed to operate the powered industrial truck safely.

MCAA Update - Employee Onboarding

The MCAA’s Safety Committee is proud to announce the development of new safety compliance videos for members of the MCAA.

Scaffold Access

Getting to your work position on a scaffold may seem easy enough. Just climb the end frames or cross braces, right? WRONG!

Safety Advantage Awards submissions due June 30

Submissions for the MCAA Safety Advantage Awards, sponsored by Federated Insurance, are due June 30, 2019.

Cement/Concrete Safety

Getting cement dust or wet cement on your skin can cause burns, rashes, and other kinds of skin irritation. Lime, found in most cements, is often the cause.

Contractors and the OSHA Silica Rule

MASONRY spoke with Jerry Painter to get insight into OSHA’s silica rule and how mason contractors are dealing with it two years after implementation.

Warm Weather Q&A: A Follow Up

MASONRY spoke with Zach Everett, Corporate Safety Director of Brazos Masonry and MCAA Safety Committee Chairman about the best practices when working in the heat.

Welding and Cutting Safety Tips 2

Today's construction workers in welding and cutting must not only protect themselves from injury, but also must assume responsibility for their helpers and co-workers.

Planning Tool Helps Guide Disaster Preparation and Recovery Strategies

Federated Mutual Insurance Company® offers the resources you need to prepare your business for a disaster with the IBHS Open for Business-EZ® program.

Mast Climber Safety

Scaffold means any temporary elevated platform (supported or suspended) and its supporting structure, used for supporting employees or materials.

Identifying Construction Hazards

The following examples are intended to remind workers of the typical construction hazards we see regularly with hopes that everyone will put safety first and correct hazards as they find them.

Injury Management Flow Chart

Injuries are going to happen and we want to be ready when they do. An injury management flow chart will help minimize costs and worker pain.

Building a Safety and Health Culture

Building a positive safety and health culture includes observation, accountability, and involvement at all levels.


Too often hazardous conditions come to our attention only after someone is hurt or seriously injured.

Cleaning Solvent and Chemical Safety

Read up on the steps we should take in order to continue being safe on and off a jobsite while using chemicals.

Crane Safety Checklist

The following checklist may help you take steps to avoid hazards that cause injuries, illnesses and fatalities.


Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day.

Safety Data Sheets

Find and download safety data sheets (SDS) for hundreds of masonry products from dozens of manufacturers.

Hazard Communications Onboarding Video

OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard establishes requirements for transmitting information regarding hazardous chemicals.

Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out

Safety does not come naturally. It requires you to constantly ask questions and educate yourself.

Vehicle Preparation

Make sure all your vehicles are prepared – inside and out – for their intended use before you send employees out into traffic.

Enter the MCAA Safety Advantage Awards

Submissions are now open for the 2019 MCAA Safety Advantage Awards, sponsored by Federated Insurance

The Importance Of Safety Meetings

MASONRY talked with two MCAA Safety Advantage winners about how they conduct safety meetings with their teams. Check out their tips and ideas on how to effectively address safety issues.

Fall Prevention Safety Tips for Employers

The following tips highlight some of the key issues that employers should consider when planning, implementing, and maintaining their fall prevention programs.

Hand Protection Checklist

The following checklist may help you take steps to avoid hazards that cause injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

More Information on Scaffold Inspection

Scaffolding must be erected on firm footing capable of carrying the maximum intended load. Boxes, barrels, loose concrete blocks or brick must not be used to support the structure.

Scaffolding Safety

Scaffolds are used every day in construction, providing a place to work from, and used in con-junction with other scaffolds, they become support structures or platforms to store material.

Common Sense and Accident Prevention

You can do a quality job without rushing. This is just common sense - something smart workers use!

Report of the MCAA Safety Committee

The report of the MCAA Safety Committee presented at the 2019 MCAA Convention in Las Vegas.

Personal Protective Equipment Onboarding Video

PPE is equipment worn by employees to minimize exposure to hazards in the workplace.

Forklift Operator Responsibility

Make sure you are aware of your surroundings, blowing your horn and doing the things needed to ensure your coworkers go home safe.

The Fire Triangle

Fire can be compared to a triangle. Three sides are necessary to make a triangle and three ingredients are necessary to cause a fire.

Drone Safety: An Update

Using drones can be really useful on large projects. Read up on the tips and safety regulations that come along with drone usage.

New Year’s Safety Tips

While staying safe on the road for New Year’s Eve revelers must be a high priority, it's certainly not the only safety issue that you may confront as you ring in the New Year.

Ground-fault Circuit Interrupter Safety

An Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program is another step to help ensure the safety of all of our employees.

Winter Driving Part 2

The expert driver is constantly on the lookout for areas that might induce skidding, such as unexpected ice patches or piles of wet leaves, to be found especially in shady areas or on overpasses.

The Elephant in the Room

What is large, scary, and has the ability to crush you? If you said elephant, you’re not wrong, but, for the sake of this article, a fellow distracted driver is the correct answer.

Ladder Safety

Before using a ladder, inspect it for faults, such as broken rungs or rails. If it is an extension ladder, inspect the pulleys, ropes and locks for excessive wear.

Distracted Driving

The distracted driving epidemic continues to wreak havoc on our nation’s highways.

Working Around Trenches and Excavations

With little or no warning, unprotected, improperly shored, or improperly sloped trenches and walls can collapse, trapping anyone below or close thereto.


Approximately 100 employees are fatally injured and approximately 95,000 employees are injured every year while operating powered industrial trucks.

Don’t Let Your Business Go Up In Smoke

Every year, fires cost business owners billions of dollars–and that number doesn’t even begin to measure the impact fires have on the business itself.

Personal Fall Arrest System Use, Care and Inspection

Would you gamble with your life? A lot of people do when they fail to inspect their personal fall arrest equipment daily.

2018 MCAA Safety Advantage Award Winners

The MCAA presented the MCAA Safety Advantage Awards, sponsored by Federated Insurance, during the MCAA Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas.

All in Fun

There's nothing wrong with a little fun at work, but it's important to know the difference between having fun and at-risk behavior to place yourself or a coworker in harms way.

Forklift Safety

Forklifts assist us with various tasks around a construction site. Most of us take them for granted without giving a great deal of thought to safety.

Driving and Drugs

Drugs can interfere with the body's normal warning symptoms of drowsiness and fatigue. Drivers can use up their body energy without realizing it.

Wheelbarrow Safety Tips

A wheelbarrow by itself will not harm you or anyone else. You are responsible for how well a wheelbarrow is handled and stored for safety.

Could There Be A Disaster in Your Future?

People toss around the word “disaster” quite freely these days. But when a true disaster strikes, our reality changes – so does our concept of the word.

Good Reasons to Have a Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace Program

One effective managed care strategy is a drug- and alcohol-free workplace program, which may include pre-employment, random, or post-incident drug testing.

Equipment Safety

Inspection is not just checking for safety rails, toeboards, ladders, etc., but for the condition of the equipment as well.

An Important Update on Silica

We have learned that OSHA will be releasing approximately 300 questions and answers regarding the silica rule.

Avoid Common Office Injuries

Although offices are not considered to be high hazard work environments, injuries happen when risks are not controlled or when people get careless.

The Temperature is Rising

Heat and humidity can become dangerous. In 2016 alone, 39 workers died and 3,310 were injured from environmental heat exposure.

Hard Hats and Fall Protection

Do you think that the use of personal protective equipment is over-rated? Here are two actual stories.

Eye and Face Protection

Eye and face protection is protective equipment such as spectacles, goggles, face shields, or welding shields that are designed to protect the wearer against a variety of hazards.

Warm Weather Q&A

MASONRY recently chatted with three industry professionals about precautions and tips that should be considered when working in the field during warm weather months.

MIssing Ground Prong

You probably have been told many times about the dangers of using defective electrical equipment. If you have used such equipment and got away with it, count yourself lucky.

Safe Scaffold Platforms

Many construction workers have died due to improperly built or maintained scaffold platforms. That includes mason construction workers too.