Category Archives: Safety

National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction

National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction

  The OSHA event draws attention to preventable injuries in construction. September 14-18 2020 EHS Today Staff Sep 08, 2020 Source: EHS Today Fatalities caused by falls continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018 they accounted for 320 of the […]

Proper PPE and worker safety go hand-in-hand

Proper PPE and worker safety go hand-in-hand

Hand injuries are among the most common workplace injuries, and they’re also some of the most preventable Source: EHS Today Zach Richman Aug 27, 2020 According to the most recent data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 121,800 hours lost on the jobsite in 2017 due to hand injuries. For those […]

Lindner’s Fire Prevention System (FPS) provides active prevention

Lindner’s Fire Prevention System (FPS) provides active prevention

One of the most pressing recent issues in the mechanical processing and conversion of waste into solid recovered fuels (SRF) is high fire risk. This is largely due to a constantly increasing number of lithium batteries in the general waste collection. If damaged, a chemical reaction is often initiated, which leads to incredibly high temperatures. […]

IUOE Local 14 elevates training for New York City crane operators with a CM Labs crane simulator

IUOE Local 14 elevates training for New York City crane operators with a CM Labs crane simulator

Business goals: The City of New York mandated that operators have specialized training on cranes with booms 300’ and longer. In order to enhance training methods, Local 14 of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) looked for a simulator to effectively and safely train Operating Engineers. Solution: CM Labs developed a custom simulator to […]

Viruses, molds and bacteria — oh my!

Viruses, molds and bacteria — oh my!

Four ways to combat pathogens in your HVAC system by Jonathan Carson “Jake” owns and runs a small commercial shop. He has been coughing a lot and is growing concerned as his employees have been calling in sick with sinus problems and “bronchitis”. He calls his friend “Rick”, who operates a different business but in […]

OSHA releases return-to-work guidance addressing assessments and records

OSHA releases return-to-work guidance addressing assessments and records

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Kristin White The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a Guidance on Returning to Work document that describes strategies and recommends steps employers should take during all phases of reopening. Most of OSHA’s recommendations involve steps employers have been implementing based on state and local reopening […]

OSHA will increase in-person inspections as part of revised COVID-19 enforcement plan

OSHA will increase in-person inspections as part of revised COVID-19 enforcement plan

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips Fisher Phillips Authors: Todd Logsdon and Paul Goatley The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that OSHA area offices will begin to increase in-person inspections in some parts of the country as the agency released a revised response plan on how it will handle COVID-19-related complaints, referrals […]

Virginia passes first-in-nation OSHA standard for COVID-19

Virginia passes first-in-nation OSHA standard for COVID-19

States begin to enact their own temporary measures to protect workers from exposure to the novel coronavirus Source: EHS Today Courtney Malveaux Jul 16, 2020 Employers wondering whether Virginia is the new California just got their answer: California has some catching up to do. In a split vote, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board […]

Beyond safety basics webinar series by CAT

Beyond safety basics webinar series by CAT

In honor of National Safety Month in June, we launched a free webinar series on safety psychology, human behavior, leadership and mental health on the jobsite. Watch the recordings to hear from safety experts about some of the most overlooked aspects of workplace safety and how you can address them. Access webinars here.

U.S. Department of Labor announces up to $400,000 available In Brookwood-Sago grants for mine safety education and training

U.S. Department of Labor announces up to $400,000 available In Brookwood-Sago grants for mine safety education and training

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $400,000 in grant funding through its Brookwood-Sago grant program to support education and training to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in, and around, the nation’s mines. Administered by the Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Brookwood-Sago […]

Transportation construction project workers are pedestrians and need protection too, ARTBA reminds Federal Safety Summit

Transportation construction project workers are pedestrians and need protection too, ARTBA reminds Federal Safety Summit

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transportation construction workers face on-the-job risks that federal officials should address as they focus on the rising tide of pedestrian fatalities on the nation’s roadways, the ARTBA told participants on July 15, at the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Summit on Pedestrian Safety. “When policymakers seek to mitigate risks to […]

MSHA warns of spike in falls, issues safety alert

MSHA warns of spike in falls, issues safety alert

Deaths from falls have surged to comprise 19% of mining fatalities. Source: EHS Today Stefanie Valentic The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued an alert following a rise in fatalities due to falls in the mining industry. Deaths from falls have surged to comprise 19% of mining fatalities, up from 8% just two […]

As unions seek COVID-19 regulation, mining industry brief explains extensive efforts to protect workers

As unions seek COVID-19 regulation, mining industry brief explains extensive efforts to protect workers

by Avi Meyerstein on July 7, 2020 POSTED IN MSHA, RULEMAKING NEWS The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit is currently considering a request by mine worker unions to require MSHA to create an emergency COVID-19 regulation. The parties have all finished submitting their briefs and now await a ruling. Husch Blackwell’s mine safety and health team […]

OSHA will increase in-person inspections as part of revised COVID-19 enforcement plan

OSHA will increase in-person inspections as part of revised COVID-19 enforcement plan

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips Fisher Phillips Authors: Todd Logsdon and Paul Goatley The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that OSHA area offices will begin to increase in-person inspections in some parts of the country as the agency released a revised response plan on how it will handle COVID-19-related complaints, referrals […]

Wide area disinfection using atomized mist

Wide area disinfection using atomized mist

Methods for wide-area suppression of surface-borne microbes such as the novel coronavirus — also referred to as SARS-Cov-2 or Covid-19 — is a serious consideration for both private industry and public works. Atomized mist technology is currently being utilized for the safe and consistent distribution of Surface Disinfectant Cleaners (SDCs) over worksites, busy foot traffic […]

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips: 4-step plan for handling confirmed COVID-19 cases during re-opening

4-step plan for handling confirmed COVID-19 cases during re-opening

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips As businesses continue to reopen, employers are presented with new challenges as part of the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. With no known vaccine or treatment currently available for the novel coronavirus, reopened employers will likely experience confirmed cases of the illness in their workplace. Now is […]

Webinar: Safely working with trees series

Webinar: Safely working with trees series

The Safely Working with Trees Series is a LIVE webinar series that will provide critical information and measures for anyone planning to work safely in and around trees. Proper care and safety standards reduce your chance of injury and promote safely working in and around trees.PennState Extension When (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET)Wed., Jun. […]

U.S. DOL issues OSHA guidance as non-essential businesses reopen and employees return to work

U.S. DOL issues OSHA guidance as non-essential businesses reopen and employees return to work

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued guidance to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses and their employees returning to work during the evolving coronavirus pandemic. The guidance supplements the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ previously developed Guidance on Preparing […]

Portable, vehicle-mounted hand-washing station from National Fleet Products makes hygiene compliance mobile

Portable, vehicle-mounted hand-washing station from National Fleet Products makes hygiene compliance mobile

BUFFALO, MN — National Fleet Products, a global source for aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, recently announced the introduction of its new portable and vehicle-mounted hand-washing stations. The rugged, purpose-built product design allows water and hand sanitizer to be dispensed virtually anywhere, and application-specific hardware enables units to stand on their own or to be […]

Belt conveyor danger zones

Belt conveyor danger zones

Recognizing the hazards is a key step toward preventing conveyor-related injuries. In bulk material handling applications, a conveyor is typically a massive, complex and extremely powerful system. It’s usually constructed of rubber belting, set on rolling idlers, wrapped around large steel drums at each end and driven by a high-torque motor. As such, a conveyor […]

OSHA changes how to record COVID-19 cases

OSHA changes how to record COVID-19 cases

Agency said to be returning to standards in place prior changes made in April. Source: EHS Today David Sparkman May 28, 2020 OSHA is trying to simplify how most employers go about determining whether an employee who is diagnosed with COVID-19 contracted the disease at work or elsewhere, but in the process may have just […]

OSHA and MSHA update

OSHA and MSHA update

Source: Safety Law Matters By Avi Meyerstein on May 26, 2020 Posted in Enforcement updates, MSHA, OSHA More enforcement? New regs? Deregulation? It’s all on the table All bets are off as regulatory agencies are tugged in every direction in pandemic world. Normally, an election year probably would not have seen particularly aggressive enforcement or […]

ARTBA launches “Fundamentals of U.S. Transportation Construction Safety” course

ARTBA launches “Fundamentals of U.S. Transportation Construction Safety” course

WASHINGTON, DC — A national association has developed the transportation construction industry’s most comprehensive safety training course to help dramatically reduce the 700 motorist fatalities and nearly 50,000 injuries that occur annually in and around the nation’s infrastructure improvement project sites. The online “Fundamentals of U.S. Transportation Construction Safety” features modules on falls, electricity, preventing struck-by […]

Brokk introduces atomized water mist dust suppression system

Brokk introduces atomized water mist dust suppression system

MONROE, WA – Brokk, the world’s leading manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition robots, unveiled the Brokk atomized water mist system during CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. To combat harmful silica dust and other airborne particles created by the demolition process, Brokk’s new dust suppression system produces atomized fog that effectively binds dust particles in the air while also providing […]

Top five COVID-19 litigation risks for employers: Is your company prepared?

Top five COVID-19 litigation risks for employers: Is your company prepared?

  Source: Safety Law Matters Despite the best of intentions to comply with the myriad of laws, orders and recommendations and to “do right” by employees while dealing with the current pandemic and recession, employers remain vulnerable to a whole host of potential COVID-19-related claims. Ever-changing guidance and return-to-work orders complicate the issues. Keeping abreast […]