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OSHA issues “Recommended Practices For Safety & Health Programs In Construction”

OSHA has issued a guideline that should help industry employers develop proactive programs to keep their workplaces safe. The recommended practices should be helpful to small and medium sized contractors who may not have safety  and health specialists on staff. This is a wonderful tool that can be used as a guideline to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths, as well as financial difficulties these events can cause for workers, their families and their employers.  Click here to see the Recommended […]

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Trench Collapse Fatalities Have More Than Doubled in 2016

A recent fatality in Ohio has highlighted the fact that trench fatalities have more than doubled in the year 2016. There have been twenty three fatalities and twelve reported injuries regarding trenches. One cubic yard of soil can weight up to 3000 pounds, making trench collapses rarely survivable. Click here for the OSHA News Release. Click here for an OSHA Trenching and Excavation Fact Sheet.  

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CCS Changes their Certification Program!

The Coalition for Construction Safety (CCS) has announced they are going to unleash several updates to their “Certification Program” that will become effective on January 1, 2017.  These changes will affect the grading criteria used during their Safety Program Review process, and also require additional documents to be submitted annually during renewal.  Here is a summary of these changes… MINIMUM CRITERIA  (Partial List) Safety Directors must complete an OSHA 30-Hour course or greater. AED certification will be required for employees […]

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Great Handout for Electrical Safety Training!

We stumbled across a great handout today that can be used for basic electrical safety training.  It’s specifically designed for teaching Electrical Safety as part of OSHA’s Focus Four program for the construction industry, but parts of it could be used by industrial company’s as well.  It really seems like it would get the students involved with the class.  We plan on incorporating it into some of our training classes.  Click here if you want to check it out!

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OSHA vs. Discipline, Incentives & Drug Testing

On May 12, 2016 OSHA published a Final Rule that was largely touted as their initiative to gather annual injury and illness information electronically starting in 2017.  However, tucked away within the Final Rule were some modifications that will also limit each employer’s ability to discipline their employees, issue safety incentives, and administer post-accident drug tests!  These changes that were initially framed by OSHA as being ancillary have now become the central focal point to many.  In fact, they are under such scrutiny that multiple employer groups […]

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18 Proposed OSHA Changes!

  On October 4, 2016 OSHA announced their intent to modify 18 of their existing regulations.  This is part of an initiative that first began in 1995 intended to bring clarity to outdated standards and relieve unnecessary burdens on employers.  While most of these proposed changes seem to do this, there is one that will add another responsibility for employers (posting jobsite coordinates).  Here are a few of the more substantial changes that are currently proposed. POSTING COORDINATES:  When using phones that […]

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Is it Legal to Replace Electrical Plugs?

Have you ever heard that it’s not legal to replace the plug on the end of an electrical cord because replacement plugs aren’t molded to the cord like the original plugs?  So have we.  In fact, we’ve been asked this question recently by a few clients, so we have decided to write a blog just to clear it up. For those of you who don’t have the time or patience to read all of the detail, the short answer without any […]

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Great Pictures for Fall Protection Training

Need to spice-up your fall protection training?  Here are 7 pictures that will get your students to laugh, scratch their heads, and spark conversation.  Thanks to our Safety Advisors and clients/friends for sharing.  Keep them coming!   PICTURE #1 = The individual on the elevated surface to the far left has tied his retractable lanyard to a beam on the far right wall…. BUT he does have a spotter below him who can catch him if he falls – LOL!   […]

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Hurricane Preparedness and Response

OSHA has released their Hurricane Preparedness and Response information. Outlined are the warnings and watches used for hurricanes, information on hazard exposures, and risk assessments for hurricane response and recovery work. OSHA and NOAA are working together on a pubic education effort aimed at the improving the way people prepare for and respond to severe weather. To read about what steps to take, click here to go to OSHA’s website.   During this time, we would like to send out […]

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PPE Inspection Safety Video by NATE

The National Association of Tower Erectors have released this safety video as part of NATE’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. The Climber Connection campaign advocates safe practices for tower workers. Check it out!  

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