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New Fact Sheets on Confined Space Rescue, Ladder Jack Scaffold & Zika Virus

     OSHA publishes fact sheets about all things safety and workplace related. They recently published a few fact sheets regarding very important topics you might be interested in Click on the links below to read the most recent publications. Confined Space Rescue Ladder Jack Scaffold Zika Virus

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Video of Swing Stage Scaffold Caught in Wind

Two-point adjustable suspension scaffolds, also known as swing stage scaffolds, are not for the weak stomach. Imagine being in one of these on the outside of the 91st floor. Now imagine having to endure extreme gusts of wind, sending you from side to side of the building. This video shows what can happen in this situation. The men were able to escape after the scaffold broke through a window. Thankfully there were no serious injuries.  

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OSHA Silica Standard for Construction

Did you know that silica is the most abundant mineral found in the earth’s crust? Other than soil, it’s also found in rock, sand, graphite, coal, concrete, asphalt, brick, clay, porcelain, and even in some roofing materials, abrasives, and paints! Today, about 2.3 million workers are exposed to silica on the job. Approximately 2 million of those employees are in the construction industry. When silica is contained within a natural resource or product it’s harmless. However, when it becomes airborne it can be deadly if inhaled. The danger of silica inhalation has been known for longer than you probably realize. The US Department of Labor published a video in 1938 about the hazards of silica exposure (click here to see that video).  Yes, 1938! That’s 32-years before OSHA was even founded. Research has linked silica to lung cancer, silicosis, chronic lung disease, and also kidney disease. If you would like […]

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, click here for tips and a free online Defensive Driving Class!

April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the NSC. The hope of Distracted Driving Awareness Month is to educate us and draw attention to the hazards of using a cell phone while driving. Day to day, employers can play a large role in protecting workers who drive on the job.  The National Safety Council has provided a cell phone policy toolkit for the employers and employees benefit.  Click here to download the kit. The NSC also paired with Cummins for a cell phone policy case study. Click here to read the case study. THE NSC is offering a free Defensive Driving Class online April 18-24th, to raise awareness for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To access the free class, click here, and use the password “distracted” as the access code. You may learn a thing or two…  

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Great video about Safety Program importance

It is crucial that employees are safe. There is a moral obligation, it has become too costly for employees to get hurt, and it helps us follow OSHA guidelines. The purpose of a Safety Program is to reduce work related injury and illness. We are to follow the guidelines and utilize the information the Safety Program provides.  Are all your employees knowledgeable of the contents in the Safety Program? Have they been taught how following the Safety Program can protect and improve their life? Watch the video below to see how the lack of implementing your Safety Program  can affect lives and your business.  

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Tornado Season, Are you prepared?

The Midwest is currently in peak Tornado and Severe Weather season, typically lasting from March through May. It is extremely important to be prepared and educated. Are you aware of the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning? A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when weather in a particular area could produce tornadoes (often this means thunderstorms are in the area). A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted on the ground in your area or that the storm circulation seen on Doppler radar could produce a tornado. It is best to always stay safe, so when there is a tornado warning issued, immediately seek shelter. Does your business have an action plan to keep employees safe during severe weather? OSHA recommends every business have an emergency plan. You need to plan ahead, equip your business with proper materials, and train all […]

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Indiana Chamber’s 2016 Indiana Safety and Health Expo and Conference

RMS Safety had the pleasure of sponsoring and attending Indiana Chamber’s 2016 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo, from March 21-23rd. We love sponsoring this event, as this year was not our first, and have so much fun meeting other people in the industry and seeing business associates. This year there was over 700 attendees, 110 exhibitors and over 60 education sessions. Our own Manager of Construction Services, Kevin Beswick, led a session on “The Art of Correcting Unsafe Behavior”, where he spoke about how to become more effective at changing long-term behaviors and different motives that drive safe and unsafe behaviors. The theme this year was “Be the Champion of Safety”, and they cleverly used basketballs as part of that theme. We were very inspired and  decided to have some fun with our giveaways. We gave away two Club-Level seats for the March 31st Pacer game to a very lucky attendee, and a […]

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Aerial Lift Training Information

NIOSH and OSHA have provided online resources to prevent aerial life injuries and fatalities. Click on the links below for more information. OSHA Fact Sheet – Aerial Lifts Hazard Alert – Aerial Lifts NIOSH Aerial Lifts Webpage   A video on what NOT to do!

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OSHA has provided a Zip Line pamphlet

OSHA has produced a pamphlet that should help protect zip-line workers. It also explains employers’ responsibilities to provide safety training and equipment to workers who run recreational zip-lining activities. They hope this will also help remind workers of their right to speak up about safety concerns, and remind them they can request an OSHA inspection. Click here to see the pamphlet.  

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Connecticut business owner claiming he has 1099 contractors gets caught in a lie

OSHA cited Royal Construction, out of Canton Conn., for seven violations of workplace safety standards at a Farmington work site in 2014. The company contested the citations, claiming the workers at the job site weren’t employees, but instead were independent contractors (Non-W2 Employee) who worked under their own supervision and provided their own tools. Upon further investigation, the Labor Department established that: Royal Construction had employees at the job site, and provided materials, tools, trailer and equipment needed for the project. The owner had control over the workers and work site safety. Royal Construction determined when and for how long the individuals worked; the work was done as part of the regular business of Royal Construction. The company paid hourly wages to the individuals working at the site. The judge upheld the citations and penalties, ruling that the company misclassified employees as independent contractors.  

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