OSHA Publishes Final Rule on Cranes and Derricks in Construction

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it is issuing a new rule addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction, which will replace a decades-old standard. Approximately 267,000 construction, crane rental and crane certification establishments employing about 4.8 million workers will be affected by the rule published today. “The significant number of …

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Powered Industrial Trucks: Know the Risk

By Todd Teets Safety Trainer Forklifts and their many cousins in what OSHA lumps together as “powered industrial trucks” are among the most common vehicles on worksites – so common that it’s easy to take these workhorses for granted. However, taking them for granted and forgetting basic safety rules leads to many injuries each year and serious damage to property. Most …

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Multi-lingual Worksites: Translation is Only the First Step

By Cesar Esqueda AEF Construction You’ve no doubt heard that OSHA is stepping up enforcement of many workplace rules. One area that’s being watched closely is training and communication with workers who are not native English speakers. Companies are being required to provide training, training materials, and safety policies in their workers’ native languages. For years, many companies dealt with …

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Wire Feed Welder Recalled Due to Burn Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Wire feed welders Units: About 9,000 Importer: Star Asia USA, LLC d.b.a …

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OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Directive Effective June 18

WASHINGTON – OSHA announced today that the Severe Violators Enforcement Program directive is effective June 18th. The agency announced in April that it was implementing the program to focus on employers who continually disregard their legal obligations to protect their workers. OSHA’s SVEP focuses enforcement efforts on employers who willfully and repeatedly endanger workers by exposing them to serious hazards. The directive …

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Back Safety Training Video Preview

Here’s a preview of an interesting safety video series. This episode addresses lifting safety:

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Safety Management Group 2010 Charity Golf Outing Update

Indianapolis — Safety Management Group’s eighth annual Charity Golf Outing raised approximately $7,000 for Riley Hospital for Children. Ninety-two golfers participated in the event coordinated by Safety Management Group’s Healthcare Services Group associates Brian Vermeulen, Jordan Hollingsworth, Ryan Graft, Dan Hutchens, LaToya Foote, and Cory Moore. With a score of fourteen under par the Storage Solutions Team consisting of Gene Renihan, Bill Beeker, …

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Southern Technologies Recalls Drill Presses Due to Shock Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Powertec Drill Presses Units: About 500 Manufacturer: Southern Technologies of Mundelein, Ill. Hazard: Wires in the motor …

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Take a Time Out for Safety

Ron Hanson, CHST Vice President, Safety Management Group It’s fourth down and two with less than a minute to go in a closely fought championship game. Twenty seconds in the huddle just isn’t going to be enough time to analyze the options, consider the defense, and play “what if,” so the quarterback wisely makes the familiar “T” gesture, and the …

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It Really Doesn’t Look Like They’re Drowning

By Aviation Survival Technician First Class Mario Vittone and Francesco A. Pia, Ph. D In the summer of 2002 at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, a young aircrewman had just returned with his crew from Lake Maurepas, west of Lake Pontchartrain. A boat with a family of five aboard had capsized during a squall, and he had deployed …

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