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New ANSI Standard Proposed for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

The new ANSI A92 standard is set for publication.  This standard will cover the design, operation and training of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP).  Here are some of the changes that are expected to be included in the new standard:   DESIGN REQUIREMENTS   New MEWP’s must be manufactured with load sensing devices that sound an alarm and disable the machine if the maximum rated load capacity is exceeded. New machines must be manufactured with a tilt sensor that disable the equipment if it’s operated on slopes that exceed the maximum allowed pitch. Newly manufactured lifts will be rated and marked for indoor and/or outdoor use. MEWP’s rated for outdoor use will likely weigh more, be prohibited for use in winds over 28 mph, and have a reduced load capacity. Access areas will need to be guarded by a rigid spring-loaded gate instead of chains. A toe-board will need to […]

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July’s Unsafe Photos

                   

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You Are Not An Attorney, But You Need To Think Like One – John Lindenschmidt

Our CEO, John Lindenschmidt, was recently published in this months Building Excellence publication. Read below to see what he has to say about being prepared for a legal case.

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Firework Safety for 2018

The Fourth of July is just a week away! Make sure you prepare the right way to stay safe and unharmed. For more information from Indiana.gov,  click here.  +        

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Insects to Stay Clear of This Season

Ticks: This season is shaping up to be a very active season for ticks. Last year, there were over 250 cases of tick-borne illnesses, the most common being Lyme disease. Lyme disease my affect the nervous system, thinking abilities, and memory, as well as other physical symptoms. They tend to be found on high grass, low brush or shrubs, where they can easily jump on a passing animal or human. Mosquitoes: Did you know there are over 3,000 (176 recognized in the United States) species of mosquitoes, but only a handful of those species actively hunt humans? And even then, only female mosquitoes feed on blood? Over one-million people worldwide die from mosquito-born diseases every tear, from over 17 different types of diseases. The common symptoms resulting from a mosquito bite are red bumps and itchy skin, which is actually your body’s reaction to the mosquito’s saliva. Mosquitoes are commonly […]

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New Poster Available from OSHA “Protect Workers In Trenches”

With the increase in trench related preventable injuries, OSHA has revised their Trenching poster with three ways to prevent dangerous trench collapses. The English version is available here, and the Spanish version is here. Additionally, the U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta, recorded Public Service Announcements to address this issue. Listen to the English version here, and the Spanish version here. For more information, click here for OSHA’s trenching and excavation website. Recently, an Ohio excavation contractor was penalized for employees working without adequate cave-in protection, due to fatal injuries sustained in a trench collapse. The business has been cited and proposed penalties of $202,201 and placed them in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program. This means mandatory follow-up inspections, increased company/corporate awareness of OSHA enforcement, corporate-wide agreements, where appropriate, enhanced settlement provisions, and federal court enforcement under Section 11(b) of the OSH Act. To read more about this story, click here. […]

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June’s Unsafe Photos

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Chainsaw Recall at Harbor Freight Tools

Harbor Freight Tools has received 15 reports of chainsaws continuing to operate after bring turned off by the operator. The recall involved two different models of chainsaws, under three different brands. Consumers should immediately stop using this chainsaw and return it to their local Harbor Freight Tools for a free replacement chainsaw. Click here for the recall notice. Click here for more information.    

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May’s Unsafe Photos

                                        

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Safety Notice – Stop Use of Specific MSA Nuevo Wrap Eyewear

MSA is instructing those who own the Nuevo Wrap Safety Glasses, part number 10106385 to stop use of them immediately. All glasses shipped from October 17, 2017 through April 20, 2018 have been affected, and should be disposed of immediately. If you received the glasses prior to October 17, 2017, they are safe and you can continue to wear them safely. Click here for the full published Safety Notice. A replacement form for the glasses is included in the Safety Notice.

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