Category Archives: Safety

The not-so-quiet dangers of hearing loss

The not-so-quiet  dangers of hearing loss

Take steps to prevent hearing damage in the workplace before it happens. Source: EHS Today / Reed Erickson  Some of the most prevalent workplace hazards aren’t seen—they’re heard. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to damaging noise levels at work, and according to the […]

Can employers correct accident and injury reports to OSHA and avoid an inspection?

Can employers correct accident and injury reports to OSHA and avoid an inspection?

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips:  by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams What happens if an accident occurs at work, but the safety director or person charged with notifying OSHA of reportable injuries and accidents receives incorrect information about the event? For instance, consider a situation where safety personnel or management receives information that […]

Marijuana-impaired drivers

Marijuana-impaired drivers

Trucking research group recommends ways to stem increasing threat to commercial drivers A new study urges state and federal governments to take stronger actions to improve the ability of law enforcement to seek to identify and deter the growing danger of marijuana-impaired driving. A study of our current state of knowledge about the topic was recently […]

Protecting young and temporary workers on jobsites

Protecting young and temporary workers on jobsites

OSHA has a dedicated page on their website outlining safety practices for young workers and/or temporary employees. While these practices are generally in line with most corporate safety programs, the goal is of course to train all workers in the recognition of hazards on jobsites. Since young workers are typically inexperienced in the industry, and […]

OSHA requests information on possible updates to the Lockout/Tagout standard

OSHA requests information on possible updates to the Lockout/Tagout standard

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)) standard. The Agency is interested in comments on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy, as well as the evolving technology for robotics. OSHA […]

Work zone safety: Traffic control plans and intrusion prevention

NAPA Webinar Tuesday, September 10 Road construction work zones are inherently dangerous places. Learn about best practices associated with keeping safe in the work zone. Training will include review of NAPA’s online internal traffic control training modules and is targeted toward equipment operators, truck drivers, and ground laborers involved with all aspects of road construction. […]

ARTBA Safety Week challenge to highway contractors: Certify your employees. Save lives!

Home to the Industry’s Only Internationally-Accredited Safety Program: www.puttingsafetyfirst.org WASHINGTON, DC — As the annual “Construction Safety Week” gets underway, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Foundation is challenging U.S. transportation contractors to enroll their workers in the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program. The SCTPP was launched to help significantly […]

Advancing automation: Workers worry more about site safety than losing their jobs

Advancing automation: Workers worry more about site safety than losing their jobs

Almost half of all construction workers fear safety could be put at risk on job sites when artificial intelligence (AI) and automation becomes the norm – a higher number than those worried about losing their jobs to robots, a new survey reveals. Safety tops job security as the number one concern in a recent poll […]

What employers need to know about opioid and marijuana testing

What employers need to know  about opioid  and marijuana testing

by Courtney Llewellyn As time continues its relentless march forward, so do the problems affecting human beings. Today, there are new issues both workers and employers have to deal with that had never been of concern in the past. Two exist in a gray area — not illegal but definitely impactful on job performance; one […]

Conveyor transfer point design: Material containment for safety & efficiency

Conveyor transfer point design:  Material containment for safety & efficiency

As tons of material per hour are quickly dropped with great force through receiving chutes onto a receiving conveyor, fugitive cargo often piles up around the frame and dust migrates throughout the area, collecting on idlers, pulleys and floors and affecting air quality. Workers have to continuously clean up the material before it encapsulates the belt, […]

Are you missing dangers right before your eyes?

Are you missing dangers right before your eyes?

How eye tracking can reveal hidden human behaviors and uncover potential hazards. Source: EHS Today: Mike Bartels | April 11, 2019 One split second is all it takes for a life to be changed forever or taken away by a workplace accident. Each year, close to 9,000 people are killed on the job across the U.S. and […]

AEM members weigh in on proposed to ANSI’s essential requirements

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is proposing changes to its Essential Requirements document that are being interpreted as prohibiting an ANSI American National Standard (ANS) from including requirements for: A manufacturer to supply an operator’s manual for each product That someone using the product is required to read and understand it the operator’s manual, […]

Illegal dumping of E-waste in New York’s Onondaga County

Illegal dumping of E-waste in New York’s Onondaga County

NYS DEC news: On April 4, ECO Don Damrath worked on a complaint from city of Syracuse officials involving the illegal disposal of flat screen TVs at various locations in the city. Evidence from nine large TVs dumped in the driveway of an abandoned home led ECO Damrath and Syracuse City Police Officer Carlos Romain […]

Push-to-talk voice messaging service unveils emergency alerts feature

Push-to-talk voice messaging service unveils emergency alerts feature

Zello, a push-to-talk voice messaging service that enables communication and collaboration for workers, teams and communities, recently announced the launch of Emergency Alerts — its new “panic button” feature.  ZelloWork users in crisis situations can now simply press a button to send (with high priority) both their location and an audio recording to a designated […]

Terex supports NCCCO certification for drill rig operators

Terex supports NCCCO certification for drill rig operators

WATERTOWN, SD – Terex Utilities recently announced Dale Putman, product manager, was part of the first group of individuals to become a certified foundation drill rig operator. The designation is one of two new certifications developed by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) in conjunction with the International Association of Foundation […]

NSSGA launches contest to name seat belt safety initiative

NSSGA launches contest to name seat belt safety initiative

You could win $5,000!  NSSGA President & CEO Michael W. Johnson announced at last week’s Annual Convention the launch of a contest to name a seat belt safety initiative NSSGA will be promoting. “Wearing a seat belt is a simple step in worker safety, but there must be universal commitment to doing this in all […]

Safety, transportation project management & legal issues at forefront of Professional Development Week June 4-6 in D.C.

Safety, transportation project management & legal issues at forefront of Professional Development Week June 4-6 in D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC — Safety training, project management fundamentals and legal and regulatory “hot topics” form the core of a new professional development program for transportation design and construction professionals hosted June 4-6 by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Foundation. As part of “Transportation Construction Professional Development Week,” industry executives can participate in one or […]

NSSGA announces safety training opportunities

NSSGA’s next webinar on March 20 will feature Brianna Eiter, Ph.D., and Timothy Orr, from NIOSH, who will demonstrate EXAMiner, a workplace examination tool that finds and fixes potential work hazards. Also, find out where the closest MSHA Spring Thaw event is near you. Aggregates operations perform workplace examinations to find and fix potential hazards […]

Research looks at cost-effectiveness in silica dust exposure fight

Source: Daily Commercial News Personal protective equipment (PPE) is not always the most cost-effective means of protecting workers from dangers associated with exposure to silica dust, according the findings of a Canadian research team. When looking at the estimated cancers averted by PPE (using NIOSH-approved half-face respirators) versus wet methods of dust suppression (water spray, […]

Get ready for National Work Zone Awareness Week

Get ready for National Work Zone Awareness Week

April 8-12, 2019 PARTICIPATE ​National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones. LEARN Learn more about the history of NWZAW, including previous kickoff event […]

Rammer celebrates 40 years of excellence

Rammer celebrates 40 years of excellence

In order to help commemorate this momentous occasion, and to reflect changing customer requirements, Rammer has renewed both its outlook and its product offering. This has led to the updating and upgrading of its Excellence Line of hydraulic hammers. Safety is endemic to the operation of the upgraded Excellence range, whether it is being used […]

Preparing for an emergency

Preparing for  an emergency

by Jon M. Casey When it comes to preparing for an emergency, it seems that most people are not really prepared. That’s why it’s called an emergency. But what if you could make preparations when there was no emergency, to get ready for the time when clear thinking instead of chaos might be the better […]

Good catch or near miss? Why the answer matters

Good catch or near miss?  Why the answer matters

Source: EHS Today  | Charles Douros | Jan. 28, 2019 The distinction between the two very different programs is an important one. Each has their own place in a healthy safety culture and each brings different data to light. “Whew, that was a close one. He could have been killed. Today must be his lucky […]

43 new transportation project professionals earn ANSI-accredited safety credential

43 new transportation project professionals earn  ANSI-accredited safety credential

Program Hits 300 “Safety Certified” Mark WASHINGTON, DC — Forty three professionals from 13 companies or agencies representing nine states and the District of Columbia have earned the “Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™” (SCTPP) credential over the past two months, helping push the number of safety certificants over the 300 mark, the American Road & Transportation […]

Don’t forget to post your OSHA 300A logs and submit injury and illness information

Don’t forget to post your OSHA 300A logs and submit injury and illness information

Source: AGC NYS newsletter OSHA 300A logs must be posted from February 1st through April 30th. Employers are required to post the OSHA 300A Summary of the OSHA 300 Record of Injuries & Illnesses Recordkeeping Log for the previous year. Make sure to post the 300A log in a location that is accessible to all […]