Category Archives: Safety

US Department of Labor launches app to provide miners access to health, safety, miners’ rights information

US Department of Labor launches app to provide miners access to health, safety, miners’ rights information

Provides notifications on mining accidents and how to prevent them   WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration today launched an app for use on iPhone and Android devices that will help get timely information directly to miners and members of the mining community.

Do your machines have anti-restart protection? Here is how to find out

Do your machines have anti-restart protection? Here is how to find out

In order to meet certain regulations, and as a best safety practice, machinery must be prevented from automatically or unintentionally restarting when an unscheduled power interruption occurs. The safety regulations that reference preventing accidental operation can be found in OSHA 1910.217 (b)(8)(ii) and ANSI B11.1-2009 (6)(2)(3). OSHA 1910 Subpart O specifies two categories of machines […]

Sensing-Saf-Start from Rockford Systems protects machine operators from accidental re-starts following power interruptions

Sensing-Saf-Start from Rockford Systems protects machine operators from accidental re-starts following power interruptions

ROCKFORD, IL— Drills, mills, lathes, grinders, saws and other dangerous machinery can abruptly shut down during operation due to an unscheduled power interruption. When an unintended shutdown takes place, it is critically important that the machine does not automatically restart, catching the operator by surprise and leading to a serious accident. 

Online learning center offers free non-commercial conveyor operation and safety training

Online learning center offers free non-commercial  conveyor operation and safety training

NEPONSET, IL – The global leader in conveyor accessories and bulk material handling solutions has launched a comprehensive digital educational resource for conveyor operation and safety.  The online Foundations™ Learning Center draws from the collective knowledge and expertise gathered over nearly 80 years solving bulk handling challenges.  Aimed at apprentice technicians and experienced engineers alike, […]

Don’t get caught in the cold

Don’t get caught in the cold

Winter maintenance tips for screen media by Lars Bräunling, MAJOR director of product technology It’s been a long productive season, and snow and cold are on their way. Whether shutting down for the winter or pressing through, aggregate processing operations must take steps to maintain productivity and minimize maintenance costs: from screen media evaluations and […]

Sandvik Mobile Crushers & Screens reach major safety milestone

Sandvik Mobile Crushers & Screens reach major safety milestone

Sandvik Mobile Crushers & Screens have reached a major safety milestone with 1,000 days without a lost time incident. Our employees have worked 2 years, 8 months, and 27 days without any lost time injury, which is a measure of monitoring incidents that result in an employee missing work due to an injury or accident in the workplace. Manufacturing engineering […]

How to respond to OSHA’s COVID enforcement

How to respond to OSHA’s COVID enforcement

Make sure you are adhering to the agency’s and CDC workplace guidances Source: EHS Today David Sparkman Mar 25, 2021 Employers now find themselves in the crosshairs of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) amped-up enforcement of its COVID-19 guidelines and need to take immediate action to avoid the potential flood of citations and […]

How to Respond to OSHA’s COVID Enforcement

How to Respond to OSHA’s COVID Enforcement

Make sure you are adhering to the agency’s and CDC workplace guidances. Source: EHS Today David Sparkman Employers now find themselves in the crosshairs of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) amped-up enforcement of its COVID-19 guidelines and need to take immediate action to avoid the potential flood of citations and penalties expected to […]

Unsafe work practices around conveyors

Unsafe work practices around conveyors

Because of their size, speed and high-horsepower drive motors, conveyors pose a number of risks to personnel working on or near them. In addition to all of the physical danger zones, when an injury occurs, “fault” is often attributed to injured workers’ actions or inactions. However, safety experts point out that injuries generally occur due […]

US Department of Labor issues stronger mine safety guidance on coronavirus

US Department of Labor issues stronger mine safety guidance on coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued stronger worker safety guidance to help mine operators and mine workers implement a coronavirus protection program and better identify risks that could lead to exposure. The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s “Protecting Miners: MSHA Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19” provides updated guidance and recommendations, […]

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 […]

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 […]