US DOL Announces Final Rule for Respirable Silica Dust

Updated rule amends silica exposure regulations for first time since 1971 WASHINGTON, March 24, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a final rule to improve protections for workers exposed to respirable silica dust. “More than 80 years ago, Labor Secretary Frances Perkins identified silica dust as a deadly hazard and called on employers to …

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14th Annual Charity Golf Outing Set for June 3

Indianapolis — Along with our friends at the Riley Hospital for Children Facilities Team, we cordially invite you to participate in our 14th Annual Golf Outing in support of Riley Hospital for Children and The Hoosier Burn Camp.  With your continued support in 2015 the event raised a record total of $33,527.00, with donations made to the Hoosier Burn Camp …

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Customer Service Triumph II – February 26, 2016

Indianapolis – Ryan Graft is being recognized for a customer service triumph. Ryan’s client recently forwarded a very nice recap of an issue that he helped to identify and rectify. Here’s the note from a construction manager sent to Jordan Hollingsworth: SMG Safety Advisor Ryan Graft reported to me this morning during his routine inspection, he spotted a low hanging …

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Customer Service Triumph – February 26, 2016

Indianapolis – Dayna Fairfield is being recognized for a customer service triumph. Chris Mitchell received a note forwarded from a contract holder of an account staffed by several Safety Management Group Associates that included some tremendous feedback about Dayna: I want to share with you our thanks for the aggressive response by Scott and SMG folks in helping us understand …

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Protecting Workers From UFO Dangers

While we’re really not worried about visitors from other planets making surprise visits to your jobsite, you do need to take steps to protect yourself and others from two different (and potentially deadly) types of UFOs: unexpected falling objects and unexpected flying objects. If you think we’re being a bit hysterical in our response to those UFOs, consider that the …

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Ladder Safety? There’s an App for That

Reprinted from cdc.gov What is the Ladder Safety app? The Ladder Safety app, NIOSH’s first mobile application, is designed to improve extension and step ladder safety—a concern for those working in construction or any other task that requires ladder use. The app provides user-friendly guides and interactive tools to prevent major causes of falls: •Angle Measuring Tool—Uses visual, sound, and …

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Ergonomics: Fixing Hidden Workplace Hazards

Most people associate the concept of ergonomics with office workers. By placing keyboard trays and monitors at the right height and adjusting chairs correctly, those who work at desks can be more comfortable and reduce the chance of pain and fatigue. Many of the products sold in office supply stories carry claims about their ergonomic benefits. But the basic concept …

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Customer Service Triumph — February 9, 2016

Indianapolis – Mike Baugh is being recognized for a customer service triumph. Mike has been with his local client for only a short time, but received some tremendous feedback from a client contact recently that was associated with a shutdown project: Mike did a great job of making sure all the details around the many contract firms were identified. He …

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Eight Steps for Safer Lockout/Tagout Programs

It goes without saying that industrial equipment can be dangerous when it’s being used. That’s why machines are designed with safety equipment and operators wear personal protective equipment when using them. But machinery can also present hazards when it’s not in operation. As long as energy sources such as electricity, natural gas, steam, pressurized water, and compressed air are attached …

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Connecting with Safer Rigging Techniques

Whenever heavy objects need to be lifted on a worksite, a significant amount of planning and decision-making making is required for a successful move. Much of the attention is naturally focused on the crane, hoist, or other device that will make the lift, to verify that it has sufficient capacity. Something that’s every bit as important, but rarely given as …

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