Safety News & Alerts

Five Useful Apps for Construction Workers - There are plenty of apps out there to help protect the health and safety of construction workers. Here are five free or low-cost apps you may want to check out: NIOSH Ladder Safety, OSHA Heat Safety Tool, SPLnFFT Noise Meter, HT NIOSH Lift Calculator and First Aid from the American Red Cross.

Stop Construction Falls; Mark Your Calendar for a Safety Stand-Down from June 2 to 6, 2014 - Falls remain the number one killer of construction workers on the job, claiming the life of a construction worker almost every working day. That's why OSHA, NIOSH, and CPWR are asking you to join the nationwide Safety Stand-Down. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about "Fall Hazards" and to reinforce the importance of "Fall Prevention."

Recall: Red Wing Shoes Recalls Steel Toe Work Boots Due to Impact Hazard
- Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Seea list of affected styles and sizes here.

It's Cold Outside - Much of the nation is gripped by an arctic blast. And while many construction sites will shut down, with new technologies, like chemical additives that allow concrete to cure in low temperatures, cold weather no longer puts the construction industry in a deep freeze. That means a lot of workers are exposed to extreme weather. Visit the CPWR website by clicking on the headline and download the toolbox talk on cold weather safety. It's cold outside, but you can still start the year off safely.

NIOSH Extension Ladder Safety Smart Phone App in Spanish - NIOSH announced the availability of a new free application (app) for mobile phone devices aimed at improving extension ladder safety.  The NIOSH Ladder Safety phone app has an angle of inclination indicator making it easy to set an extension ladder at the proper angle of 75.5 degrees. The app is available through the NIOSH website, the Apple App-store and the Android Market.

U.S. OSHA Announces New National Emphasis Program for Occupational Exposure to Isocyanates - The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new National Emphasis Program to protect workers from the serious health effects from occupational exposure to isocyanates.

A New Free Application (App) Is Now Available for Mobile Phone Devices Aimed at Improving Extension Ladder Safety - We are pleased to announce the availability of a new free application (app) for mobile phone devices aimed at improving extension ladder safety.  The NIOSH Ladder Safety phone app has an angle of inclination indicator making it easy to set an extension ladder at the proper angle of 75.5 degrees.  The app is available through the NIOSH website or the Apple App-store.

Product Inspection Advisory Notice – Immediate Action Required on FallTech Lanyards, Rebar Chain Assemblies , Harness/Lanyard Combos, and Roofer’s Kits - All hooks on all FallTech Lanyards, Rebar Chain Assemblies, Harness/Lanyard Combos and Roofer’s Kits with manufacturing dates of Jan. 1, 2012, through Jan. 25, 2013, should be inspected immediately in accordance with a notice that is accessed by clicking on the headline.

Fall Protection Tops OSHA’s List of Most Cited Violations for 2012 - Fall protection, hazard communication and scaffolding violations once again fought for the top spots in OSHA’s annual top 10 most frequently cited violations list.

Fall Protection Product Recall and Stop Use Notice for 3M™ G-Series Retractable Lanyard Models -  3M identified a limited number of units which do not properly achieve lock up during the user pre-inspection pull test on the webbing. 3M requests that you immediately remove from service and quarantine all models of G-Series Self-Retracting Lanyards within your inventory.

Swivel Snaphook Inspection Notification
- Inspect all Guardian Fall Protection (GFP) featuring a specific SWIVEL SNAPHOOK shipped from GFP after August 26, 2011. FP was made aware of a non-injury incident involving a GFP self-retracting lifeline (SRL) where a swivel snaphook experienced a failure. The nut that holds the swivel eye to the hook body backed off the hook stem and came loose.

Product Recall & Stop Use Notice for 3M™ Series Self Retracting Lanyards
- 3M is recalling the THOR family of Self-Retracting Lanyards units manufactured by IKAR from November 01, 2011 to June 25, 2012 (M-, RLD- and 205G- Series) as result of concerns with the brake pad material found in this family of retractable lanyards.

OSHA Issues Alert on CSE Corporation's SR-100 Self-Contained Self-Rescuer: Defective Respirators Can Result in Life-Threatening Hazards
- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an alert to employers and workers using the CSE Corporation's SR-100 Self-Contained Self-Rescuer (SCSR). Some of these devices have a critical defect that may cause the release of insufficient oxygen during start-up, a defect that could immediately result in a life-threatening situation for workers using the respirator.

“Struck By” Accidents - There has been an alarming upward trend of serious and fatal injuries involving workers who are being crushed, run over and pinned or struck by moving mining equipment.

DeWalt Large Angle Grinder Safety Notification - DeWalt has identified a potential safety hazard with certain large angle grinder side handles. Under certain circumstances a small number of side handles could exhibit a condition where the handle could break causing the user to lose full control of the unit.

Maintenence and Inspection Safety Alert: Telescopic Forklift Incident - Load Dropped Due to Chain Failure - For the highlights needed to verify maintenance and inspections, click on the headline.

Protecta Shock Absorbing Lanyards Recall Notice - Be aware of a reported inadvertent disconnection during use of the locking snaphook used in a series of Y-shaped Protecta lanyards with twin elastic lanyard legs that both attach directly to the eye of the snaphook. The locking snaphook used on these lanyards is part number 9502573. Click on the headline for details.

MSA Beam Anchor Model No. 10051455 - The locking pins on the MSA Beam Anchor Model No. 10051455 do not always engage once the anchor is set in place. Immediately remove these beam anchors from service. These beam anchors need to be sent in and replacements will be sent back out to you.

Near Miss Incident at Fort Patrick Henry Hydro - The oxygen hose of an oxygen/acetylene rig burst, because moisture collected inside a regulator and froze, which damaged the regulator's diaphragm. Click on the headline for details.

Double Action Snap Hook- Beaver Brands Pty Ltd-BSM0007 Double Action Snap Hook is being recalled. The hook may open inadvertantly and the hook operates in a single action manner. Consumers should return the product immediately to Beaver Brands or to the place of purchase for inspection and testing. For more information, click on the headline.

US Department of Labor's OSHA Publishes Final Rule on Cranes and Derricks in Construction - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it is issuing a new rule addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction, which will replace a decades-old standard.

Safety Alert: Texting While Driving - Carpenters and their families need to know the dangers. This dramatic video tells the story of two men who were killed by the actions of another texting driver.

Manitowoc Tower Crane Spigots- Manitowoc has discovered a potential deviation in the characteristics of the spigots used in early 2007 to make the connection between K masts type K637, K639 and K839 including all R,M and T variations. Manitowoc hereby instructs all tower crane users to check the batch number of the four spigot castings of all K637, K639 and K839 masts, including R, M and T variations shipped in 2007. The check has to be performed before the next erection of the mast. Click on the headline for details.

The Amazing SawStop Table Saws - Learn about the risks and consequences of a table saw accident. To view the 7:47 video that includes interviews with an injury victim, risk management professionals and workers comp experts, click here.  For a short 2:01 demonstration by Erica from HotForTools, click here.

Genie Aerial Lifts Incorrect Loading Information - Genie Industries has issued an alert warning that some of their aerial lifts were manufactured with wrong floor loading information.  The information indicates that the maximum wheel load is less than the actual maximum wheel load.  Incorrect floor loading information may result in the user operating the machine on a surface that is not capable of supporting the maximum wheel load. For details and the correct information, click on the headline.

OSHA to Protect America's Workers with Severe Violator Program and Increased Penalties - The new Severe Violator Enforcement Program is intended to focus OSHA enforcement resources on recalcitrant employers who endanger workers by demonstrating indifference to their responsibilities under the law.

EPA Requires Contractors to Become Lead-Safe Certified - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it expects more than 125,000 renovation and remodeling contractors to be trained in lead-safe work practices by April 22, the effective date for a rule requiring such training. The agency is on target to implement the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, which will protect millions of children from lead poisoning, on April 22, 2010. Read more ...

Safety notice and recall for the Fluke 1AC-I VoltAlertTM Voltage Tester - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fluke is voluntarily recalling its Fluke 1AC-I VoltAlertTM voltage tester, a product that was first released for sale on September 29, 2009. The affected model number is listed in the table below. If you own a Fluke 1AC-I (1AC-A1-I), please stop using it and send it back to Fluke for a replacement unit.

US Labor Department's OSHA Proposes More Than $3 Million in Fines to BP-Husky Refinery Near Toledo, Ohio - OSHA has cited BP North American Inc. and BP-Husky Refining LLC's refinery in Oregon, Ohio, with 42 alleged willful violations, including 39 on a per-instance basis, and 20 alleged serious violations for exposing workers to a variety of hazards including failure to provide adequate pressure relief for process units. Proposed penalties total $3,042,000. Read more ...

Safety - Manlift Fatality - A double fatality occurred when a man lift toppled over at a construction site on the AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company campus in Waltham, Massachusetts. The two men were operating a Genie S85 telescopic boom on uneven ground and had incorrectly positioned the Lift's counter weight on the downhill side of the slope.

Howard Berger Recalls Extension Cords and Power Strips Due to Fire Hazard - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Howard Berger Co. Inc., of Cranbury, N.J., announced a voluntary recall of indoor and outdoor extension cords and power strips. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.