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Aerial Lift Training Information

NIOSH and OSHA have provided online resources to prevent aerial life injuries and fatalities. Click on the links below for more information. OSHA Fact Sheet – Aerial Lifts Hazard Alert – Aerial Lifts NIOSH Aerial Lifts Webpage   A video on what NOT to do!

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Reminder… The last GHS deadline is June 1! Are you ready?

This is just a friendly reminder to our clients and friends that OSHA’s last deadline for their new GHS standard is quickly approaching (June 1, 2016)!  By this date you need to make sure that your written “Hazard Communication Program” reflects the new standard, and replace your old MSDS with new SDS.  Have you done this?  Have you even started yet?  These are not quick and easy things to accomplish so we would recommend getting started soon if you haven’t already!

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OSHA has provided a Zip Line pamphlet

OSHA has produced a pamphlet that should help protect zip-line workers. It also explains employers’ responsibilities to provide safety training and equipment to workers who run recreational zip-lining activities. They hope this will also help remind workers of their right to speak up about safety concerns, and remind them they can request an OSHA inspection. Click here to see the pamphlet.  

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Connecticut business owner claiming he has 1099 contractors gets caught in a lie

OSHA cited Royal Construction, out of Canton Conn., for seven violations of workplace safety standards at a Farmington work site in 2014. The company contested the citations, claiming the workers at the job site weren’t employees, but instead were independent contractors (Non-W2 Employee) who worked under their own supervision and provided their own tools. Upon further investigation, the Labor Department established that: Royal Construction had employees at the job site, and provided materials, tools, trailer and equipment needed for the project. The owner had control over the workers and work site safety. Royal Construction determined when and for how long the individuals worked; the work was done as part of the regular business of Royal Construction. The company paid hourly wages to the individuals working at the site. The judge upheld the citations and penalties, ruling that the company misclassified employees as independent contractors.  

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Zika Virus in the workplace

What is the Zika Virus? It is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis for one in five infected people. It can be contracted through mosquito bites that are infected, or blood transfusions of an affected person.  Even though there is no immediate threat, or reason for concern regarding contracting the virus in the USA, it should still be a topic in every workplace. Under OSHA’s “General Duty Clause”, the employer has a legal obligation to provide a safe and healthful workplace. Since there is currently no specific regulation on the Zika virus, OSHA will utilize the above mentioned clause if need be. Click here for more information on how OSHA plans to handle the Zika Virus.

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Good Video for Forklift Training

We found a video that you might want to incorporate into your Forklift Operator Training.  This is a good example of how employees will find ways to get the job done when they aren’t provided the right equipment to do it safely. Please enjoy!  

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Crane Collapsed in NYC

Due to a series of unfortunate events, a 565 ft. crawler crane (roughly the length of an NYC block) fell to the ground at 8:24 AM ET this morning, resulting in one death and three injuries. The crane was being used to replace generators and air conditioners on a building’s roof, when 20 mph wind pushed it to the ground.  Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated “They were in the process of securing the crane … actually preparing to bring it down, to secure it” when the wind caught the crane and brought it down. Officials say the toll could have been worse if it had not been for the preparations being made to bring down the crane. Click here for more information. Click here to watch a video of the crane collapsing.   UPDATE: New York City has implemented a four-point construction crane safety plan following the collapse. Click here for information regarding the plan. […]

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EMR no longer a calculation in CCS certification

As of January 1st 2016, CCS (formerly MICCS) will not require your EMR to be a deciding factor on your certification. This does not change any other part of the certification process. As long as the OSHA 300A numbers fall in line with the DART and TRIR requirements for their company, you meet all minimum criteria of their SPRS review, and meet minimum criteria during a home office audit, you can be a Qualified company in the CCS certification program. However, the CCS site still requires companies to input their EMR and upload either a letter stating their EMR from their insurance company or their workers comp worksheet, due to some companies still wanting the EMR as part of their personal qualification process.        

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Email scam from OSHA imposter

Please beware! There has been a fraudulent email circulating, claiming that they are form the Department of Labor. The email advises recipients to download a “guide” to avoid being fined. The email will have the Subject: “OSHA Regulations – Avoid being fined”. The email will be from “mailer@osha.gov”, which is not a Department of Labor email. If you receive this message, delete it immediately. Do not click on the link.  

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OSHA’s Response to Reported Injuries

As we all know by now, OSHA revised their reporting requirements which became effective on January 1, 2015.  Companies are now required to report any work-related death to OSHA within 8-hours, and report any amputation, eye loss, or the inpatient hospitalization of one (1) or more employee within 24-hours.  This has drastically increased the number of investigations the agency has had to manage and it’s no secret that they have struggled to keep-up.  We know several cases where employers have reported injuries as required, but never heard back from OSHA.  So what’s the deal?  Do they just respond to the more serious cases and let the rest go unless they aren’t busy?  Well… kind of. OSHA knew they would face challenges with the increased volume of cases being reported, so they adopted a new protocol that was designed to help them effectively manage this burden.  This protocol basically involves the agency categorizing each case as […]

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