Category Archives: Safety

How to identify fake N95 masks

How to identify fake N95 masks

10 million counterfeit masks already have been seized by the government. Source: EHS Today David Sparkman Feb 18, 2021 News recently surfaced that the federal and state governments are grappling with a massive counterfeiting ring that managed to distribute at least 10 million fake 3M N95 masks throughout at least five states—and those are just […]

Safety must be made a top priority

Safety must be made a top priority

“Optimistically, I believed that all of us in the contract and construction industry considered safety as the single most important issue. That safety tops profitability and efficiency,” Stig Engström, owner and founder of Engcon. Unfortunately, the reality is different. In 2020, 30 people were injured at work in Sweden, which is proof that we have […]

OSHA Penalties Increase Effective Jan. 15

OSHA Penalties Increase Effective Jan. 15

Source: EHS Today As a reminder, OSHA’s civil penalty amounts for workplace safety and health violations will increase slightly effective tomorrow in accordance with cost-of-living adjustments for 2021. These penalty levels apply to any violations assessed after Jan. 15. OSHA’s maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations will increase from $134,937 to $136,532 per violation. […]

EEOC issues COVID-19 vaccine guidance, allowing employer mandates

EEOC issues COVID-19 vaccine guidance, allowing employer mandates

Source: Safety Law Matters By Brittany Falkowski, Jenna Brofsky, Timothy A. Hilton & Avi Meyerstein on December 18, 2020 Posted in Compliance tips, MSHA, OSHA As vaccines roll out, employers have been asking how to prepare and whether they can mandate vaccination for their employees. This week the EEOC released fresh guidance, confirming that mandates […]

Caterpillar collaborates with Guardhat to deliver expanded safety solutions for miners

Caterpillar collaborates with Guardhat to deliver expanded safety solutions for miners

Caterpillar is collaborating with Guardhat to offer their proven safety solutions to surface mining operations through Cat® dealers. The two companies are also developing a new system, Cat Connected Worker, which will use wearables to provide added protection for people. The new system will also deliver event-based monitoring and mapping to aid analysis and enhancement […]

A vision of zero accidents can only be achieved once the industry understands dropped bucket risks

A vision of zero accidents can only be achieved once the industry understands dropped bucket risks

Since 2013, when Engcon launched its Non Accident Generation, the company has continued to push the issue of safety in the excavation industry. Yet 7 years later, there are still far too few actors in the industry who are prepared to commit to safety issues. Engcon’s goal is a vision of zero bucket related accidents. […]

OSHA reveals COVID-19 enforcement priorities

OSHA reveals COVID-19 enforcement priorities

Also publishes guidance regarding workplace ventilation Source: EHS Today David Sparkman Nov 23, 2020 OSHA has revealed the criteria it relies on to target employers for COVID-19 investigations along with naming those who received citations and the penalties they were assessed. The agency also recently issued a new COVID-19 guidance for employers addressing ventilation standards […]

With almost $3 million in penalties issued, OSHA advises on frequently-cited COVID standards

With almost $3 million in penalties issued, OSHA advises on frequently-cited COVID standards

Source: Safety Law Matters By Avi Meyerstein on November 16, 2020 Posted in Compliance tips, OSHA OSHA announced last week that it has issued 204 citations so far relating to COVID-19 with total penalties of $2,856,533. As these penalties continue to climb, OSHA also issued new guidance to help employers understand which standards it most […]

Is it the flu or COVID-19? 4 key steps to address new workplace challenges at the start of flu season

Is it the flu or COVID-19? 4 key steps to address new workplace challenges at the start of flu season

by Travis Vance / Fisher Phillips The COVID-19 pandemic has brought more workplace law challenges over the past six months or so than many employers will see in a lifetime. From changing directives on wearing masks, determining what to do when an employee is ill with COVID-19, and tracking the hours of employees working at home, employers have […]

A reminder to employers on COVID-19

A reminder to employers on COVID-19

COVID-19 has presented some significant challenges for employers as they continue to manage active worksites while ensuring their employees are following the guidelines for stopping the spread. AGC NYS wants to remind our members that it is critical that employers make sure that safety protocols and practices are being followed and your workplaces are compliant with […]

Just where was your employee injured and why it matters: Workers’ comp and the “Coming And Going” rule

Just where was your employee injured and why it matters: Workers’ comp and the “Coming And Going” rule

On the Front Lines with Fisher Phillips by Jerry Cline Think of the typical office employee who commutes to their job by driving to and from work every day. Say this unfortunate employee gets into a motor vehicle accident on the way to or from work. Is this a compensable workers’ compensation claim? Typically, the […]

Allen Engineering celebrates over 1,000 days without lost time injury

Allen Engineering celebrates over 1,000 days without lost time injury

PARAGOULD, AR — Allen Engineering, a premier leader in manufacturing concrete equipment, proudly celebrates over 1,000 days without lost time due to injury. This accomplishment is something Allen Engineering has been pursuing for nearly four consecutive years. The company prides itself on educating its associates on proper protocols and rewards them for good safety practices […]

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 […]