Category Archives: Safety

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 […]

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 […]

A closer look at the new Vortex Edge Max

A closer look at the new Vortex Edge Max

The latest simulator in CM Labs’ Edge series of award-winning training products, the Vortex Edge Max is an entry-level tool that develops transferable operator skills. The affordability of the Vortex Edge Max expands professional-grade simulation to contractors and training organisations that did not previously have access to these capabilities. The new Vortex Edge Max is […]

AEM connecting manufacturers with safety supplies as businesses plan to return to work

AEM connecting manufacturers with safety supplies as businesses plan to return to work

As communities, states and companies decide whether and when to re-open for business in this unusual time of pandemic-induced isolation, one question weighs heaviest on decision makers: Once we decide to re-open, how do we do it safely? Starting May 13, 2020, AEM and The Marek Group teamed up to provide a hub for businesses […]

To the members of the Syracuse Builders Exchange

COVID-19 UPDATE To the Members of the Syracuse Builders Exchange Earl R. Hall, Executive Director May 12, 2020 As reported by various media outlets and press conferences by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and various County Executives throughout the 16-county central New York region, construction will most likely begin to reopen on or about May […]

Three tips for safe screen media change-outs

Three tips for safe screen media change-outs

by Serge Raymond, MAJOR product specialist Downtime in inevitable. And when you’re up against the clock and the pressure is on — that’s when accidents happen. From risks of falls or back injuries and cuts, rushed jobs where production is waiting on the change-out can lead to distracted workers and greater risk of accidents. Implementing […]

Terex Utilities releases Tech Tip for disinfecting aerial devices, digger derricks

Terex Utilities releases Tech Tip for disinfecting aerial devices, digger derricks

  Watertown, SD — The need for frequent and thorough disinfecting of work trucks like aerial devices and digger derricks is a new task for service managers. In response to questions from customers, Terex Utilities has released Tech Tip #140 to provide a reminder of the many surfaces on a piece of equipment that may […]

New ARTBA safety video highlights fall rescue techniques on construction sites

New ARTBA safety video highlights fall rescue techniques on construction sites

  The transportation construction industry and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are taking their commitment to safety to the next level with the release of a new training video to help significantly reduce the leading cause of death on project sites. Falls account for roughly 1,200 annual fatalities on construction projects.  The video resource is designed […]

U.S. DOL announces OSHA interim enforcement response plan during coronavirus pandemic

U.S. DOL announces OSHA interim enforcement response plan during coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic. The response plan provides instructions and guidance to OSHA Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for handling coronavirus-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports. During the coronavirus […]

Interim guidance on Executive Order 202.16

Interim guidance on Executive Order 202.16

Essential businesses, as well as state and local government agencies and authorities, must procure, fashion or otherwise obtain face coverings and provide such coverings to employees who directly interact with the public during the course of their work at no-cost to the employee. Businesses are deemed essential by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD), pursuant […]

CICB offers online crane operator and inspector classes in response to COVID-19 pandemic

CICB offers online crane operator and inspector classes in response to COVID-19 pandemic

ORLANDO, FL — Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB), a veteran-owned Texas company with a global network, recently rolled out its initial online training programs as a response to the coronavirus. As social distancing and safety precautions dissuade some companies from sending their employees to traditional classrooms, CICB has created several, dedicated online programs to […]

Terex Utilities joins community effort to supply face shields to health care workers

Terex Utilities joins community effort to supply face shields to health care workers

  WATERTOWN, SD — Terex Utilities recently acted on a request by Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) to 3D print parts for face shields. The Electronic Systems Technology and Robotics departments at the technical college are leading the effort. “Because it takes up to 13 hours to print four face shield bands, they sent a […]

To keep OSHA logs, or not to keep OSHA logs … that’s the question

To keep OSHA logs, or not to keep OSHA logs … that’s the question

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Kristin White and Chantell Foley The Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) requires covered employers to meet several reporting requirements to prove compliance. At this time of the year, many covered employers have posted (or should have posted) OSHA Form 300A for injuries and illnesses that […]

How to implement social distancing practices in your workplace

How to implement social distancing practices in your workplace

Creative Safety Supply publishes new quick guide that provides tips and tools for preventing the spread of disease BEAVERTON, OR — Creative Safety Supply, an Oregon-based retailer of industrial safety and Lean manufacturing products, has created a new guide to social distancing in the workplace. This quick guide showcases essential distancing supplies and illustrates steps […]

Emergency funding of COBRA called for by leading union

Emergency funding of COBRA called for by leading union

Domino Effect for Workers as COVID-19 Layoffs Lead to Lost Healthcare and Uncertain Futures  HANOVER, MD – One of the largest and most influential construction unions in the country is calling on Congress to subsidize COBRA health plans for 11 million US construction workers who may lose their jobs as the COVID-19 virus spreads and […]

DOL releases model FFCRA poster

DOL releases model FFCRA poster

Below please find a model notice poster released by the United States Department of Labor notifying employees of their rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). All employers covered by the FFCRA are required to give employees notice. This poster will satisfy the FFCRA notice requirements. For a copy of the poster, click here.

Still need a plan? Here’s how to create your company’s COVID-19 response plan

Source: Safety Law Matters by Avi Meyerstein on March 19, 2020 Posted in MSHA, OSHA No company and no industry is immune from COVID-19. The virus is everywhere. If you haven’t been shut down by government order, your challenge is to adopt a plan to keep the virus from spreading at your workplace and to […]

Your employee tested positive for COVID-19. Is that an OSHA-recordable illness?

Your employee tested positive for COVID-19. Is that an OSHA-recordable illness?

Source: Safety Law Matters by Avi Meyerstein on March 18, 2020 Posted in Compliance tips, OSHA One of questions we’ve heard the most from clients during the current novel coronavirus crisis is whether an employee infected by COVID-19 creates a recordable illness under OSHA rules. What do the rules say? What does OSHA say? Here’s […]

OSHA issues respiratory fit guidance during COVID-19 outbreak

OSHA issues respiratory fit guidance during COVID-19 outbreak

Source: EHS Today Measures address massive shortage in N95 respirators. Stefanie Valentic Mar 18, 2020 New temporary guidance has been issued to ensure healthcare workers have adequate access to N95 respiratory protection. The mass purchasing of respirators caused a shortage across the country. A memorandum set forth by President Donald Trump on March 11, 2020 […]

Tools for employers on COVID-19 from OSHA and our team

Tools for employers on COVID-19 from OSHA and our team

Source: safetylawmatters by Avi Meyerstein on March 13, 2020 Posted in MSHA, OSHA All of us are being inundated by rapidly changing news and tons of advice about COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. For those whose job it is to keep workplaces safe and healthy, here are two key resources to cut through the clutter. New […]

Call for speakers: Safety Leadership Conference

Share your knowledge, expertise, and experience. The Safety Leadership Conference is designed to share best safety practices with companies hoping to achieve world-class safety. Attendees learn from industry experts on how to create a world-class working environment for their employees. The three-day learning and networking experience showcasing keynote speakers and 24 sessions across five learning […]

NAPA launches online work zone safety training

NAPA launches online work zone safety training

Hands-On CrewSafety: Work Zone Training Demonstrations at CONEXPO-CON/AGG GREENBELT, MD — Every year some 20,000 construction workers are injured and an average of 117 are killed in roadway work zones. For paving contractors, effective training is a key part of ensuring workers are able to recognize and mitigate potential safety hazards or unsafe situations. To […]

U.S. Department of Labor announces reforms to ensure mine operators meet benefits obligations

U.S. Department of Labor announces reforms to ensure mine operators meet benefits obligations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) has taken steps to reform the self-insurance process for coal mine operators to better support the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. The Black Lung Benefits Act requires each coal mine operator to secure the payment of its potential benefits liability by […]