Category Archives: Safety

RAM, Inc.’s enhanced blasting and explosives safety training (BEST) course 
adds deteriorated explosives safe handling instructions 


RAM, Inc.’s enhanced blasting and explosives safety training (BEST) course 
adds deteriorated explosives safe handling instructions 


RAM, Inc.’s 2020 enhanced BEST Course will be held at the South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City, SD, from Wednesday, Sept. 9 through Friday, Sept. 11. Building on a solid foundation of explosives regulatory, technology and application sessions, this year’s course features instructions on hazard recognition posed by deteriorated explosives. All course attendees […]

OSHA sets focus on silica enforcement

OSHA sets focus on silica enforcement

Agency revises National Emphasis Program to further target high-risk industries. Stefanie Valentic Feb 07, 2020 With OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica (RCS) standards now in full effect for the general, maritime and construction industries, the agency has announced a revision to its National Emphasis Program (NEP). The adjustments to the directive were enacted in an effort to […]

EPA looks at 3D printing emissions

EPA looks at 3D printing emissions

Source: EHS Today David Sparkman Jan 16, 2020 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is increasing its scrutiny of 3D printing emissions just as recent predictions say the technology is just beginning to revolutionize manufacturing and the supply chain. Working in cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), EPA is studying possible harmful emissions that […]

Safe confined space entry for chutes, silos and hoppers

Safe confined space entry for chutes, silos and hoppers

An estimated 7% of the U.S. fatalities recorded by MSHA between 1995 and 2011 occurred in a confined space. To reduce that number, conveyor operators are wise to understand exactly how a confined space is defined, and to consider what they can do to prevent serious injuries. Many factors can cause bulk materials to adhere […]

OSHA increases 2020 citation penalty amounts

OSHA increases 2020 citation penalty amounts

Source: EHS Today Stefanie Valentic Jan 17, 2020 Effective Jan. 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has increased the maximum allowable penalty amounts for OSHA violations in federally-mandated states. The new numbers are based on the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which former President Barack Obama signed in […]

Fatal U.S. mining accidents dropped in 2019

Fatal U.S. mining accidents dropped in 2019

Respirable Quartz and Dust Fell to All-Time Low ARLINGTON, VA – There were 24 mining fatalities in the U.S. in 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reports. This is the fewest annual fatalities ever recorded, and only the fifth year in MSHA’s 43-year history that mining fatalities were below 30. […]

Has there been a change of direction? The declining number of OSHA inspectors under the Trump Administration

Has there been a change of direction? The declining number of OSHA inspectors under the Trump Administration

by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams Fisher Phillips As all Americans are aware, each presidential administration has its own priorities. President Trump’s administration is no different in this regard. In fact, President Trump has put his stamp on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) by stalling, delaying or modifying Obama-administration policies (think the anti-retaliation […]

OSHA stresses limits on computer-based training

OSHA stresses limits on computer-based training

Source: EHS Today David Sparkman The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) takes employee safety training very seriously, and in support of that commitment the agency recently reinforced its stated policy that online and computer training alone for employees is not adequate to meet federal train requirements. “One of the keys that OSHA emphasizes in […]

FAA announces new rule implementing drone safety technology

FAA announces new rule implementing drone safety technology

Source: EHS Today  / by Stefanie Valentic The Remote ID requirement is the next step in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) goal for safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly called drones.“As a pilot, my eye is always on safety first,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson in a statement. “Safety […]

What to expect from OSHA in 2020

What to expect from OSHA in 2020

Proposed rulemakings and initiatives stand out on the agency’s agenda Source: EHS Today by David Sparkman Don’t expect OSHA to slow down as it enters the fifth decade of its existence, following a year of heightened activity in support of its workplace safety mission. An agency of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), OSHA spent […]

Baby, it’s cold outside: Will that make OSHA chill out in response to ongoing pressures for heat standards?

Baby, it’s cold outside: Will that make OSHA chill out in response to ongoing pressures for heat standards?

by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams Fisher Phillips  As parts of the United States are dealing with massive winter snowstorms, many are longing for the return of the warmth of summer. However, employers should be cautious in making such wishes as summer can bring blistering heat that creates hazards for workers working both outside and […]

OSHA okays new respiratory fit testing protocols

OSHA okays new respiratory fit testing protocols

Source: EHS Today / David Sparkman On Sept. 25, OSHA issued a final rule approving two additional quantitative fit testing protocols for inclusion in its Respiratory Protection Standard. Effective on Sept. 26, the day after they were issued, these new protocols represent an addition to Appendix A of the Respiratory Protection Standard. They are: • […]

MSHA seeking more information on silica black lung

MSHA seeking more information on silica black lung

Source: EHS Today / David Sparkman MSHA issued a Request for Information (RFI) and scheduled a public meeting on the issue for Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C., seeking to gather “information and data on feasible best practices” to protect miners from quartz crystals in respirable dust generated during the process of mining coal, including potential […]

Can the government blacklist contractors for safety violations?

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Travis Vance and Patrick Dennison Dr. David Michaels, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, recently tweeted a suggestion that the government ban a construction contractor from work on public lands after the company pleaded guilty on charges related to the death of a worker. This is […]

OSHA seeks input for Beryllium exposure requirements

OSHA seeks input for Beryllium exposure requirements

Source: EHS Today OSHA’s new proposed rule is aimed at clearifying the requirements to protect workers from shipyards and construction from beryllium exposure. The agency is seeking feedback to more appropriately tailor the requirements of the standards to the exposures in these industries. The proposal ensures consistency with the general industry standard where appropriate based on a July […]

What does new leadership at DOL mean for OSHA and MSHA?

What does new leadership at DOL mean for OSHA and MSHA?

Source: Safety Law Matters With the departure of Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor, the department immediately got an acting chief who is expected to more closely align with the White House. Meanwhile, the nominee to replace him, Eugene Scalia, is well known for his DOL and workplace safety-related law practice. What do these new […]

Putting a skills-building program in place with simulators

Putting a skills-building program in place with simulators

In Toledo, Ohio, the Department of Public Service and the Department of Public Utilities together employ more than 75 heavy equipment operators to run the municipality’s equipment fleet. From motor graders and backhoes to utility trucks and cranes, the fleet is used to dig, trench, lift and move materials all over the city. Although the […]

A cautionary tale: Individuals can be held liable for OSHA fines

A cautionary tale:  Individuals can be held liable for OSHA fines

On the Front Lines with Fisher Phillips by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams What happens if an employer refuses to pay a fine assessed by OSHA? The short answer is that the obligation to pay the penalty doesn’t simply evaporate if a company refuses to comply. In fact, the company isn’t the only one that […]

ARTBA recognizes 7 individuals for lifetime contributions to safety on America’s roadways

ARTBA recognizes 7 individuals for lifetime contributions to safety on America’s roadways

WASHINGTON, DC — Seven individuals from recognizable names in construction, the government and academia were honored for their significant contributions to transportation construction safety on America’s roadways by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA). The lifetime achievement awards celebrate the 40th anniversary of the association’s “Traffic Safety Industry Division” (TSID). The awards were given […]

Allen Engineering receives Accumulative Safety Award for three years without lost time

Allen Engineering receives Accumulative Safety Award for three years without lost time

PARAGOULD, AR — Allen Engineering Corp. was awarded the Accumulative Safety Award on Thursday, August 29, 2019 for having worked three years without a lost day away from work. The Accumulative Safety Award is an high achievement for any company. In the past twenty-five years only 688 of these awards have been given, and in […]

Construction worker fatigue: Mitigating risks through tech & safety culture

Construction worker fatigue: Mitigating risks through tech & safety culture

Source: CONEXPO/CON-AGG Due to the constant movement of people and equipment on a jobsite, construction jobs demand high levels of alertness. Sleep deprivation and fatigue affect many aspects of worker safety (including response time, motor control and decision-making ability, to name a few) and can easily go unnoticed. Todd Dawson, project manager for fatigue services, […]

Terex updates Load Alert monitor display

Terex updates Load Alert monitor display

WATERTOWN, SD – Terex Utilities has updated the monitor display for the Terex Load Alert system. Load Alert monitors and analyzes the truck’s jib and platform capacity and boom positions on Terex aerial devices. It provides visible and audible alerts when an overload is detected. Load Alert monitors boom angle, platform and jib capacity, winch […]

Custom Equipment introduces PA-1030 Hy-Brid Lift for increased safety and productivity

Custom Equipment introduces PA-1030 Hy-Brid Lift for increased safety and productivity

RICHFIELD, WI – Custom Equipment LLC, an industry leader in high-quality, low-level access equipment, introduces the all new PA-1030 push-around lift as a safer and more productive alternative to ladders and scaffolding. The PA-1030 easily enables users to manually maneuver the unit into place and hydraulically raise and lower to the desired work height. The […]

Sandvik launches new solutions to reduce noise from surface top hammer drill rigs

Sandvik launches new solutions to reduce noise from surface top hammer drill rigs

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology introduces two new innovative solutions to reduce noise emissions in surface top hammer drilling. The new options for Ranger™ DXi series and Dino™ DC410Ri surface drill rigs help to mitigate harmful noise at construction worksites and quarries.  Many contractors and quarries face increasingly restrictive noise limits, particularly in urban areas. […]