Category Archives: Safety

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 […]

Hy-Brid Lifts meet updated safety standards in U.S. and Canada

Hy-Brid Lifts meet updated safety standards in U.S. and Canada

RICHFIELD, WI — Hy-Brid Lifts, an industry leader in high-quality, low-level access equipment, meets and exceeds U.S. and Canadian standards to provide the highest level of safety and comfort for customers. Both standards – ANSI A92.20 and CSA B354.6 – are the baseline from which Hy-Brid Lifts engineers each lift model. The CSA Group (formerly […]

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 […]

UMA scales up production on unusually large soil nail wall

UMA scales up production on unusually large soil nail wall

by Brian M. Fraley, Fraley Construction Marketing  UMA Geotechnical Construction constructed all of the eight required permanent soil nail walls along a roughly two-mile stretch of the Greensboro Western Loop (Interstate 73) project but they were all dwarfed by Wall 4. To be exact, the total project required 76,000 square feet of wall, 42,000 of […]

Benefits of annual mine rescue contests and training in face of COVID-19

Benefits of annual mine rescue contests and training in face of COVID-19

  Source: Safety Law Matters By Erik Dullea on September 23, 2020 Posted in Enforcement updates, MSHA Coal mine operators could face a dilemma with the annual proficiency and training requirements of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (Miner Act) and the regulations Subpart Mine Rescue Teams for Underground Coal Mines conflicting with […]

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 […]

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia highlights mine safety and economic recovery in West Virginia

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia highlights mine safety and economic recovery in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia recently traveled to Grafton and Bridgeport, WV, to discuss mine safety, economic recovery and the importance of the coal mining industry to the American economy. During his stop in Grafton, Secretary Scalia toured the Leer Mine Complex operated by Arch Resources Inc. Secretary Scalia joined miners […]

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 […]

John Deere introduces new E-series cold planer attachments to lineup

John Deere introduces new E-series cold planer attachments to lineup

MOLINE, IL — Expanding on its established lineup of attachments, John Deere recently unveiled its new CP18E, CP24E and CP30E cold planers. These new attachments offerings help operators who work on street repairs, leveling uneven pavement, texturing pavement and cleaning around larger milling machines. The CP18E, CP24E and CP30E are compatible with John Deere skid […]

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 […]

SEAA member company earns U.S. DOL approval of Ironworker Apprenticeship Program

SEAA member company earns U.S. DOL approval of Ironworker Apprenticeship Program

Trivent Safety Consulting, Westminster, CO, previously approved by the Steel Erectors Association of America as a SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Training Unit and Assessment Site, now also has a registered ironworker apprenticeship program. The company utilized the SEAA Ironworker Apprenticeship program template, which meets the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration guidelines for apprenticeship standards. […]

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 […]