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Recycling Plant Receives OSHA Citation

An Alabama recycling plant receives OSHA citation after a worker is hospitalized following a 30 foot fall.  Thorpe Plant Services, Inc. and Steel Dust Recycling faces $175, 528 and $28, 270 respectively in proposed penalties for fall and confined space hazards.

Recycling Plant Receives OSHA Citation

According to the OSHA press release they cited Thorpe the maximum allowable penalty for exposing employees to fall hazards. The Agency also cited the company for failing to conduct atmospheric monitoring before allowing employees to enter a confined space; failing to develop a permit prior to employees entering a confined space; and to ensure emergency services were provided when employees entered a permit-required confined space. OSHA cited Steel Dust for exposing employees to fall hazards, failing to implement their permit space entry program, and not advising Thorpe that the required work involved a permit space entry.

“Both companies’ failure to comply with fall prevention requirements led to a serious injury that could have been prevented,” said OSHA Birmingham Area Office Director Ramona Morris.

The companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.

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Construction Safety and Health Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) is a continuing advisory body established by statute that provides advice and assistance in construction standards and policy matters to the Assistant Secretary by OSHA. There are 15 members of this advisory body. The ACCSH meetings are open to the Public and are announced in the Federal Register and appear on this page. Additional information about Advisory Committees is found at 29 CFR 1912.

The following collection of pages includes information on:

Work group meeting schedules can be found in Federal Register Notices.

For general information about ACCSH and ACCSH meetings:

  • Mr. Damon Bonneau
  • OSHA, Directorate of Construction
  • Room N3468, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210 |  (202) 693-2020

For information about submitting comments or requests to speak, and for special accommodations for the meeting:

  • Ms. Gretta Jameson
  • OSHA, Office of Communications
  • Room N3647, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210 |  (202) 693-1999

Building Access, Department of Labor Security:

  • Members of the public attending the ACCSH or ACCSH Work Group meetings in the Department of Labor’s Frances Perkins Building will be required to enter and exit through Building Security at the 3rd and C Streets, NW., “Visitors’ Entrance.” Attendees must present valid government-issued photo identification and sign the log to enter the building. They should proceed to the North elevator banks and go to the third floor.
  • Rooms N3437-B/C/D are behind the elevator bank. Attendees should allow extra time for the security procedures and reaching the meeting rooms.

Special Accommodations:

  • Individuals needing special accommodations for ACCSH or ACCSH Work Group meetings should contact Ms. Jameson.

Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health 2016

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Impactful Training Programs

When characterizing which training programs are most impactful, there are characteristics that are the “best practices” when training employees.  The best training programs are accurate, credible, clear and practical according to OSHA.

training program

  • Accurate.  Training materials should be prepared by qualified individuals, updated as needed, and facilitated by appropriately qualified and experienced individuals employing appropriate training techniques and methods.
  • Credible.  Training facilitators should have a general safety and health background or be a subject matter expert in a health or safety related field. They should also have experience training adults or experience working with the target population. Practical experience in the field of safety and health as well as experience in training facilitation contribute to a higher degree of facilitator credibility.
  • Clear.  Training programs must not only be accurate and believable, but they must also be clear and understandable to the participant. If the material is only understandable to someone with a college education or someone who understands the jargon, then the program falls short of meeting workers’ needs.  Training materials should be written in the language and grammar of the everyday speech of the participants. Training developers should ensure that readability and language choices match the intended audience.  If an employee does not speak or comprehend English, instruction must be provided in a language that the employee can understand. Similarly, if the employee’s vocabulary is limited or there is evidence of low literacy among participants, the training must account for this limitation. Remember that workers may be fluent in a language other than English, or they may have low literacy in both English and their primary language. Training needs to be adjusted to accommodate all the factors that are present.
  • Practical.  Training programs should present information, ideas, and skills that participants see as directly useful in their working lives.  Successful transfer of learning occurs when the participant can see how information presented in a training session can be applied in the workplace.
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Fall Protection Systems Inspections

During Fall Protection Systems Inspections our factory safety technician will inspect and certify your system for functionality.

The inspection will begin at an elevated height where the inspector will check the components of the system for wear, damage, and deterioration.  They will also service the system by tightening all the connection points and verify that the truss is level.

Each part of the inspection is recorded and becomes part of the detailed inspection report for the customer’s records.  Any parts or components that appear to have damage or deterioration will be removed from service to ensure the safety of users on the system.

Personal protective equipment is also inspected by the FPS safety technician.  The self-retracting lifeline is inspected for loose fasteners, dents, cracks or distortion.  The cable is pulled out to ensure the tension is correct and that it is retracting back into the unit properly.  The braking system is engaged and the cable is visually inspected.  The snap hook and anchorage swivel are checked for smooth rotation and a secure lock.  The load impact indicator is also verified to ensure the SRL has not been “shocked” in a fall.  Damaged or “shocked” SRL’s can be exchanged as well through Fall Protection Systems SRL recertification program in lieu of full replacement for additional cost savings.

At ground level, the concrete footings are visually inspected and the anchor bolts are cleaned of debris and tightened.  The column is checked for level and adjusted if needed.

Finally, the factory safety technician will engage the SRL to test the trolley on the system.  They will move the trolley back and forth across the truss connection points to ensure smooth operation between the trusses.

Watch the FPS Inspection Video to learn more about the process!

Fall Protection Systems Inspection Video from Fall Protection Systems on Vimeo.

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Miller DuraSeal Self-Retracting Lifeline – New Product

The new patent-pending Miller DuraSeal Self-Retracting Lifeline (SRL) is designed to perform in the harshest environments including onshore and offshore oil and gas, mining and petrochemical. The sealed technology, reusable brake system, field replaceable lifeline and corrosion resistant materials keep the product in the field to lower your cost of ownership.

Miller DuraSeal Self-Retracting Lifeline Features

Miller DuraSeal Self-Retracting Lifeline

• Prevents contaminants from entering the unit with highest industry rated sealed technology IP69K
• Built to last reusable brake design withstands multiple falls
• Quick, low cost repair is achieved with field replaceable lifeline
• Reduces fatigue and increases productivity with units up to 30% lighter than competitive sealed units
• Product service life is extended in the harshest environments with corrosion resistant components

Miller DuraSeal Self-Retracting Lifeline Competitive Advantages

  • Prevents contaminants from entering the unit with highest industry rated sealed technology IP69K.  In addition to meeting IP68, the Miller DuraSeal™ meets IP69K – a more stringent test requiring close range high-pressure/high temperature spray downs. The Miller DuraSeal design entirely seals and protects the brake system, power spring and bearings to ensure these components are never exposed to debris, water or chemicals.
  • System built to last, withstanding multiple falls.  The robust brake design withstands multiple falls, keeping the Miller DuraSeal™ in the field, lowering your cost of ownership.
  • Provides quick, low-cost repair.  The Miller Rapid Replace field replaceable lifeline can be performed by the end-user in the field or an authorized Miller Repair Center.
  • Provides easier installation and transport.  The lightest weight sealed SRL offering includes models up to 30% lighter than competitive sealed SRLs for easier installation and transport.
  • Enables quicker, easier installation and provides protection from rain.  Models with mounting plate for attachment to a 4-hole bolt pattern common on oil and gas rigs include built in spacers for easier installation. Waterproof design protects cable from rain.
  • Provides protection for a wider range of workers.  The 420 lb. (189 kg) weight capacity provides protection for a wider range of workers carrying heavy tools.
  • Increases service life with new spring design.  The power spring design keeps tension on the line, increasing the life service of the unit.
  • Prevents brake disengagement during a fall.  Anti-ratcheting brake design provides 25° of positive brake engagement.
  • Lowers cost of ownership with no annual factory re-certification.  The robust design does not require annual re-certification.  This keeps the product in the field lowering cost of ownership and increasing productivity.  *Except in Canada where the Canadian Standards Association require annual re-certification.

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Fall Protection Foundations

Fall protection foundations, often referred to by FPS as the footings can vary by jobsite or application.  A standard footing for an overhead rigid rail fall protection system is 30 inches in diameter and 10 feet deep.  Within each footing is a rebar anchor bolt cage for additional support and connection points for the system column that is then filled with concrete.  The length of the system or patented TD3 truss determines the number of fall protection foundations needed to support the system.

Fall Protection Foundations

Spread Footings

There are times when a standard footing will not support the fall protection system, this can be because of:

  • Bedrock
  • Water Tables/Wet Soil
  • Granular Soil
  • Poor Compactable Soil

A spread footing can be used in place of the standard footing.  This can impact the cost of the fall protection system as a spread footing requires larger volumes of concrete and rebar, as well as equipment and labor.  In these instances, a geotech company can provide a soil analysis to determine the best foundation possible.  In areas where soil can be an issue, it is best to address this on the front end of the job to prevent last minute changes during the installation process which can be costly.

To learn more about the foundations or having a soil analysis performed on your site, please contact us at 888-596-5367.

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Scaffolding Collapse Causes 2 Deaths

After a scaffolding collapse in Florida on Wednesday, two construction workers fell six stories and died at the scene.  The accident happened at around 4:15 am.  It is unclear as to why the scaffolding gave way according to the initial investigation by authorities.

At the time of the collapse four workers were on the scaffolding.  One worker was able to reach safety to prevent a fall, and the other was able to hang on and climb out of danger with minor injuries.  They were part of a team of about 12 workers onsite pouring concrete.

scaffolding collapse

The Orlando location is near Walt Disney World’s Epcot center but is not on Walt Disney property.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in addition to the Orage County Sheriff’s office will be investigating the accident further.

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Fatal Fall Causes OSHA Citation

In Colorado a fatal fall causes OHSA citation for two construction companies.  The fall took place on a jobsite in Greenwood Village in March of 2018.  The penalties associated with the citations for the two firms are proposed at $177,893.

Fatal Fall Causes OSHA Citation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Hammers Construction and Montes Construction did not provide proper fall protection and further more did not prevent employees from standing on the mid rails of scissor lifts.  During the installation of metal roof panels while on the scissor lift the employee fell.  Hammers proposed fine totals $97,002 while Montes proposed will be near $81,000.

This is following two fall related willful citations in January of 2018 for Montes Construction with fines totaling $6,652 which was negotiated to a reduced fine of $3,992.  Hamers construction had received a fall related complaint in September of 2016 but was not cited by OSHA.

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Xenon Permanent Horizontal Lifeline System

The Xenon Permanent Horizontal Lifeline System is custom engineered and designed to be used if the application requires the lifeline to be positioned overhead beyond the user’s reach.  Whether it’s along a rooftop, inside an arena or high atop a suspension bridge, this system provides “hands-free” fall protection for a variety of configurations: straight or curved; multiple bends; floors; ridge-lines or frontal posts. A uniquely-designed shuttle connector automatically bypasses intermediate supports without disconnecting from the lifeline, increasing mobility and promoting worker safety.  Because of its versatility, simplicity and minimal maintenance, a Xenon System is the perfect solution for engineers, architects and contractors to provide secure safety access on new buildings, industrial sites, railcars, pipe racks, arenas, bridges, etc.

Fall Clearance Xenon System

Features

  • Easy installation — either in-house maintenance personnel under the supervision of an installation technician, or by a certified Xenon installer
  • Stainless steel components withstand harsh environments
  • Söll System Design Software calculates specifications for any application; easy to navigate and available in multiple languages
  • Worker attaches using a shock-absorbing lanyard and full-body harness  Permanent Horizontal Lifeline System

Xenon Overhead Shuttle: 25223
Double-locking mechanism simple enough to operate with one hand. Stainless steel construction with no moveable parts; ideal for harsh, highly-corrosive environments.

4-in-1 Shock Absorber
Serves as shock absorber, turnbuckle, tension indicator and fall indicator; provides easy and safe access/exit.

Intermediate Brackets 
May be replaced without disassembling or replacing the stainless steel cable.

Fall Clearance

Fall clearance requirements when using a self-retracting lifeline (SRL) or fall limiter are taken from the working surface to the next lower level.  Fall clearance calculations are based on the length and deflection of the lifeline, a 3-1/2 ft. (1.07m) maximum Miller SRL/fall limiter fall arrest distance, and the number of workers connected to the system. The SRL/fall limiter calculations assume the worker is standing upright and is located directly adjacent to the horizontal lifeline with the SRL/fall limiter directly overhead and above the level of the harness attachment point. Working away from the point of attachment or crouching to perform work increases the amount of fall clearance required. All of these factors must be carefully considered to ensure that there is adequate fall clearance.

Fall Clearance Xenon System

Download the User Manual Here

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Ladder Safety Training Survey

This Ladder Safety Training Survey has been put together by the American Ladder Institute for research purposes.  With help and information from the field they are hoping to assess the effectiveness of ladder safety training.  It is their goal to make the needed improvements with the data collected.  This survey takes less than 15 minutes and can help to save lives.  All responses will be anonymous and will not be connected to any employers.

Take the Survey Here

Ladder Safety Training Survey

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