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GC &SC SAFETY ROUNDTABLE–
Communicating in a Crisis–Crisis Management Planning
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 3:00-5:00pm | Round the Bend Steakhouse Conference Center, Ashland
Presented by Anthony Huey
Thirty years of work destroyed in 30 seconds. This what can happen if your company or organization mismanages an accident, explosion, strike, or a multitude of other crisis situations. Click here for more information and to register.
SAFETY INITIATIVE E-NEWS
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CONGRATULATIONS–NEBRASKA’S SAFEST COMPANIES 2019
Congratulations to the following Nebraska Building Chapter member firms for OUTSTANDING SAFETY ACHIEVEMENTS from Nebraska Safety Council for 2019!
Nebraska Safest Companies with Distinction Award Recipients
Safety records are 50% better than their industry National average
30 years Kiewit Building Group
12 years MCL Construction
9 years Darland Construction
4 years Danielson Incorporated
3 years Jeff MacTaggart Masonry
Nebraska’s Safety Companies Award Recipients
Safety records are better than their industry National average
11 years Seedorff Masonry, Inc.
7 years Falewitch Construction Services
3 years Midland Mechanical, Inc.
2 years Davis Erection
2 years Rasmussen Mechanical Services
1 year Beckenhauer Construction
1 year Continental Fire Sprinkler
10 BIGGEST OSHA FINES OF 2019
Last year, nine of the most expensive OSHA citations included some kind of fall protection violation, whether the company in question primarily performed roofing or mixed asphalt. The tenth mostly dealt with excavation and trenching violations. Click to read. Posted 2-2020
OSHA CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
OSHA’s guidance and info related to the Coronavirus. Click to read. Posted 2-2020
COLD WEATHER, COLD STRESS, AND HYPOTHERMIA
Working in cold conditions can be unpleasant, uncomfortable and even dangerous if proper safety precautions aren’t followed. One risk is hypothermia, which the Mayo Clinic defines as “a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature.”
A person’s regular body temperature is about 98.6° F; hypothermia happens when a person’s body temperature falls below 95° F. Click to read. Posted 1-2020
ELECTRONIC FATIGUE MONITORING
Has anyone tried or had experience with electronic fatigue monitoring?
I have heard that the Marines use “fatigue sensing” technology in haul truck drivers. Click to read Posted 12-2019
OSHA ISSUES TEMPORARY ENFORCEMENT POLICY FOR CRANE OPERATOR CERTIFICATIONS ISSUED BY CRANE INSTITUTE CERTIFICATION (CIC)
OSHA requires crane operators engaged in construction activity to be certified by an entity accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. CIC no longer holds such accreditation. To avoid industry confusion and potential disruptions of construction projects, OSHA has issued an enforcement policy for crane operator certifications issued by CIC.
The policy explains that, although CIC-issued certifications are not compliant with OSHA’s operator certification requirement, OSHA does not intend to cite employers for operating equipment that violates that requirement if their operators, in good faith, obtained CIC-issued certifications prior to December 2, 2019, with the belief the certifications met the standard’s requirements. Until further notice, OSHA will not accept CIC certifications – including re-certifications – issued on or after December 2, 2019. For more information, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703)837-5410 or email@example.com. Posted 12-2019
AGC AND AUTODESK LAUNCH GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP FIRMS PROVIDE SAFETY HARNESSES DESIGNED WITH WOMEN IN MIND
AGC of America and Autodesk are launching a new, $75,000 grant program to help member firms provide safety harnesses for women. The grant program is designed to help firms attract more women into the construction profession while continuing to meet the highest levels of workplace safety. As part of that effort, winning firms will be selected based on their ability to leverage relatively small grant awards to attract more women and provide them with appropriately sized safety harnesses. AGC is accepting applications until January 10, 2020. Click here to learn more about the grant program and apply. Posted 12-2019
‘HUMAN ERROR’ CITED FOR DEADLY GOOGLE SEATTLE CRANE COLLAPSE, 3 FIRMS FINED $107K
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries indicated that workers took shortcuts when dismantling the crane in April, which made it more susceptible to the wind that toppled it, taking four lives. Read More Posted 11-2019
THE TOP OSHA FINES OF Q3 2019
Excavation, fall and trenching hazards dominate the list, although there is one entry that deals with asbestos violations. Read More Posted 10-2019
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TINKERS WITH WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE SAFETY, CUT COSTS
The way Dennis Mullen, New England safety director for Gilbane Building Co., describes it: “Everything we work with is either hard, hot, sharp or heavy.” Add in the fact that much of the workday can be spent high above the ground or around high-wattage power tools and heavy machinery, and the chance of an accident is even more likely. To mitigate those risks, a growing number of construction firms are experimenting with wearable technology and the internet of things to enhance their workplace safety efforts. Read More Posted 10-2019
WAKING UP TO THE RISKS OF WORKPLACE FATIGUE
The failure to prioritize rest is a growing concern – and taking a toll on U.S. workers. “Most employers underestimate how little sleep deprivation is necessary to result in detrimental outcomes,” one expert says. Read More Posted 10-2019
COURT UPHOLDS OSHA’S RESPIRATORY PROTECTION STANDARD
OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard was upheld last week by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that employers must properly evaluate potential respiratory hazards to determine if a respirator is needed and what type is appropriate. The ruling came after ten years of appeals from OSHA and marine vessel repair company Seward Ship’s Drydock, which offered respirators to welders on a voluntary basis in 2009. Read More Posted 10-2019
NEW FOOTWEAR SAFETY STANDARDS TAKE EFFECT IN OCTOBER
The deadline for complying with three new ASTM International safety standards for footwear is next month. The new rules cover performance requirements for protective toe cap footwear and soft-toe protective footwear and testing for foot protection. Posted 9-2019
HOW TO CREATE A CULTURE OF SAFETY
Implementing a culture of safety can help address risk, according to Donna Chrobak, vice president at Summit Recognition Solutions. “Creating a culture of safety requires understanding the hazards in your working environments, defining processes for minimizing the risk of accidents, and creating a culture of safe working and reciprocal protection between employees,” she writes. Read More Posted 9-2019
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH—
OSHA’s Emergency Preparedness and Response webpage provides information to protect workers responding to hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters. Posted 9-2019
Nebraska Preparedness Partnership, https://www.neprep.org/about/ established in 2014 for the purpose of engaging Nebraska businesses, critical infrastructure, key resources, and citizens. NPP will build the readiness of private stakeholders in Nebraska to prepare, mitigate, respond, and recover from disasters through advocacy, training, and public partnerships. Posted 9-2019
PRESCRIPTION OPIOID AND HEROIN EPIDEMIC AWARENESS WEEK—September 16-22, 2019
Nebraska Receives $4 Million To Fight Opioid Addiction Crisis
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new federal funding to combat the opioid addiction crisis, including $4 million for the state of Nebraska. Read More posted 9-2019
OSHA ISSUES RFI TO EXPAND TABLE 1 OF THE SILICA STANDARD
Aug. 15, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a request for information (RFI) seeking information on additional engineering and work practice control methods that effectively limit exposure to silica for the equipment and tasks currently listed on Table 1. In addition to seeking information on existing equipment and tasks, OSHA is also requesting information about other construction equipment and tasks that generate silica that should be considered for inclusion on Table 1. Expanding Table 1 to include additional engineering and work practice controls, equipment, and tasks could provide employers with more flexibility and reduce regulatory burdens while maintaining protections for employees. If information submitted in response to their request indicates that revisions to the silica standards are needed, OSHA will then publish the proposed revisions in the Federal Register for public comment. AGC is working with its members, chapters, and coalition partners to submit comments in response to the RFI. Comments are due by October 15, 2019.
CONSTRUCTION WEARABLES’ FUTURISTIC FEATURES ARE MORE FEASIBLE THAN YOU THINK
The technology can help prevent accidents, improve efficiencies and enhance quality of life for construction workers, says an insurance official working with contractors on pilot programs. Click to Read. Posted 8-2019
OSHA SAFE + SOUND WEEK—AUGUST 12-18, 2019
Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. Click here for more information. Posted 8-2019
6 SUMMER WORKPLACE HAZARDS
Hazards related to heat exposure aren’t just because of the sun.
OSHA is reminding employers to address workplace hazards that lead to a higher instance of injuries and fatalities during summer months.
The agency provides practical advice on how an organization can integrate procedures into their safety and health programs.
“OSHA encourages employers to develop safety and health programs, hold safety stand-downs and toolbox talks, and conduct daily safety meetings to discuss common hazards,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Kimberly Stille in Kansas City, Mo. “Employers are required to provide workplace safety training to improve employees’ ability to identify, evaluate, and effectively prevent safety and health hazards on the job.”
Risks in agricultural operations have been at their highest in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in July, August, and September in the past three years, according to the agency.
Click here to view the slideshow to learn six hazards that peak during summer months. Posted 8-2019