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New Poster Available from OSHA “Protect Workers In Trenches”

With the increase in trench related preventable injuries, OSHA has revised their Trenching poster with three ways to prevent dangerous trench collapses. The English version is available here, and the Spanish version is here. Additionally, the U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta, recorded Public Service Announcements to address this issue. Listen to the English version here, and the Spanish version here. For more information, click here for OSHA’s trenching and excavation website. Recently, an Ohio excavation contractor was penalized for employees working without adequate cave-in protection, due to fatal injuries sustained in a trench collapse. The business has been cited and proposed penalties of $202,201 and placed them in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program. This means mandatory follow-up inspections, increased company/corporate awareness of OSHA enforcement, corporate-wide agreements, where appropriate, enhanced settlement provisions, and federal court enforcement under Section 11(b) of the OSH Act. To read more about this story, click here. […]

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June’s Unsafe Photos

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Chainsaw Recall at Harbor Freight Tools

Harbor Freight Tools has received 15 reports of chainsaws continuing to operate after bring turned off by the operator. The recall involved two different models of chainsaws, under three different brands. Consumers should immediately stop using this chainsaw and return it to their local Harbor Freight Tools for a free replacement chainsaw. Click here for the recall notice. Click here for more information.    

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May’s Unsafe Photos

                                        

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Safety Notice – Stop Use of Specific MSA Nuevo Wrap Eyewear

MSA is instructing those who own the Nuevo Wrap Safety Glasses, part number 10106385 to stop use of them immediately. All glasses shipped from October 17, 2017 through April 20, 2018 have been affected, and should be disposed of immediately. If you received the glasses prior to October 17, 2017, they are safe and you can continue to wear them safely. Click here for the full published Safety Notice. A replacement form for the glasses is included in the Safety Notice.

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April’s Unsafe Photos

                                  

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving is on the rise. In 2017, there were over 40,000 motor vehicle fatalities, which is up 6% from 2015. The National Safety Council has designated April 2018 Distracted Driving Awareness Month. By clicking on this link and providing your name and email, the NSC will provide you with free materials to share. You can also take a Distracted Driving course online for free, and download plenty of marketing and images for your social media. Click here for more information on how you can prevent Distracted Driving. Click here to to sign up for free distracted driving materials.

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The 6th Edition of the Construction Chart Book has been released

The Center For Construction Research and Training, and OSHA Alliance participant, has revised and published it’s latest version of The Construction Chart Book – The U.S. Construction Industry and it’s Workers. The fifth edition was published in 2013. This book was produced by support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This series of books provides extensive statistical information covering economic, demographic, employment/income, education/training, and safety and health issues in construction. This new edition not only offers on-demand access to the charts and data, but also includes interactive features that enhance the user’s experience. Users can click on terms to access definitions instantly, and easily enlarge charts and tables within each page. References, citations, and databases are also hyperlinked to enable users to further explore these sources. To download the new edition, click here. 

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Task Force Created to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure

On February 15, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and fellow Cabinet members to outline a federal strategy to reduce childhood lead exposure and associated health risks. “Children perform better at school and in life if they live in a healthy home,” said  Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. “Far too many Americans are exposed to lead in their workplace,” said Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. “Finding solutions to better protect these workers and minimize the amount of lead that is taken home, and potentially exposed to their children, is a priority.” Do you know the most common jobs with lead exposure? • Painting • Building renovation • Radiator repair • Bridge work • Shooting range work • Demolition • Battery manufacturing • Metal production • Metal scrap cutting and recycling • Ceramic work • Soldering • Plumbing   Click here to see OSHA’s resource that […]

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Safety Notice for MSA Gravity Welder Harness

MSA has issued a Safety Notice regarding their Gravity Welder Harness. MSA has determined that the leg strap and chest wrap used in this harness incompatible. Although the harness can be donned, in the event of a fall, the shoulder straps may extend and affect the protection offered by the harness. From the notice: MSA is advising all MSA Gravity Welder Harness customers to immediately stop use of affected MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses produced from July 2015 through and including January 2018. The harnesses are to be removed from service, marked “UNUSABLE” and destroyed. Affected MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses are those marked with one of the following part numbers and a manufacturing date from July 2015 to January 2018:  10151154  10158954  10158956  10158957 For the full Safety Notice, click here.    

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