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Ford F-150 Pick Up Recall

  Attention Members:
A national safety recall notice that pertains to Ford pickup trucks has been issued.
The popular F-150, a common piece of equipment at some of your companies, is included in this recall.

We want to make you aware of this safety related recall as failure to address is could expose you to negligent liability matters in certain circumstances. Please review the links below at your earliest convenience:

How High Is Deadly?

  How high is deadly when it comes to falls?
You do not have to be very high off the ground to be involved with a deadly fall!

OSHA delays crane certification requirements until November 2018

  Today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule, Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification Extension, which delays its deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by one year, from Nov. 10, 2017 to Nov. 10, 2018. OSHA is also delaying its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same one-year period. The final rule is effective on Nov. 9, 2017. Background On Aug. 9, 2010, OSHA issued a final rule for cranes and derricks in construction through a negotiated rulemaking process. The final rule required employers to ensure that their crane operators were certified by Nov. 10, 2014. After the final rule was published, several entities informed OSHA that the crane operator certification was insufficient for determining whether an operator could safely operate their equipment on a construction site. In response, OSHA held a number of public meetings to discuss the issue. ...

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment

    Name of product:  Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles Hazard:  The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard. Remedy:  Replace Recall date:  November 2, 2017 Recall number:  18-022      Consumer Contact:  Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information. Recall Details Description:&nb ...

Upcoming Webinar: OSHA's Final Rule on Crystalline Silica: What the Construction Industry Needs to Know

  OSHA's Final Rule on Crystalline Silica: What the Construction Industry Needs to Know Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. (CT) / 12:00 p.m. (MT) / 11:00 a.m. (PT) Length: 60 minutes Fee: Free Speakers: Brad Hammock, Jackson Lewis P.C.  REGISTER NOW! ABC MEMBER ONLY WEBINAR WEBINAR DESCRIPTION On Sept. 23, enforcement of OSHA's respirable crystalline silica standard for construction went into effect. In a Sept. 20 memorandum, the agency announced a 30-day enforcement phase-in to offer compliance assistance to employers making good faith efforts to comply. This webinar will provide the construction industry with background information about the new 29 CFR 1926.1153 - Respirab ...

Launch of Enforcement of the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, 29 CFR § 1926.1153

  September 20, 2017 MEMORANDUM FOR: REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS FROM: THOMAS GALASSI Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary SUBJECT Launch of Enforcement of the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, 29 CFR § 1926.1153 The Respirable Crystalline Silica construction standard, 29 CFR § 1926.1153, becomes enforceable on September 23, 2017. The standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of 50 µg/m3, an action level (AL) of 25 µg/m3, and a host of ancillary requirements. During the first 30 days of enforcement, OSHA will carefully evaluate good faith efforts taken by employers in their attempts to meet the new construction silica standard. OSHA will render compliance assistance and outreach to assure that covered employers are fully and properly complying with its requirements. Given the novelty of the Table 1 approach, OSHA will pay particular attention to assisting employers in fully ...

Grain Bin Collapse Causes Explosion

  Grain Bin Collapse Causes Explosion

White Farms near Switz City, IN experienced a combustible dust fire when an overhead tank filled with more than 10,000 bushels of corn collapsed as the bin was being unloaded into a truck. This bin took out a power-line and that combined with the grain dust and electrical spark made for an incredible safety hazard.

According to Steve White of White Farms, "When that explosion extensive damage, sending a 180-foot wave that went up to the pipes of the leg... all kinds of electrical damage."

This highlights the seriousness of combustible dust explosions, and the need to stay aware!

Watch the eye-witness video and read the full article here.
Visit the OSHA website for more information on Combustible Dust Explosions.

Protecting Residential Construction Workers from Confined Space Hazards

  OSHA has released a new fact sheet explaining how the agency’s Confined Spaces in Construction standard affects common spaces in residential construction, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. The fact sheet, developed after consultation with the National Association of Home Builders, and a detailed Frequently Asked Questions document, clarify some of the standard’s provisions and their application to residential construction work.

Click to download the new fact sheet and the FAQ document.

Questions - contact Dale Erickson at 515-681-1542.

CPWR Releases Guide to Prevent Heat Illness

  Earlier this month, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) published a new Hazard Alert that addresses heat hazards and the best methods to prevent illness and injury while working in hot weather. As part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) cooperative programs to provide safety and health resources, the Hazard Alert recommends workers and employers protect themselves by doing the following: Dress for hot conditions – this includes wearing clothes that are light-colored, loose-fitting and lightweight Drink water – the Hazard Alert advises drinking water every 15 minutes in hot conditions. It also suggests employers provide roughly 4 cups of cool, clean water for each worker every hour Take breaks – the Hazard Alert suggests taking these breaks in shaded, cooled or air-conditioned areas   Additionally, the alert explains what to look for as signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Symptoms of heat stroke ...

Product Recall: DBI-SALA Lad-Saf Sleeve

Capital Safety/3M recently reviewed the performance of the original Lad-Saf sleeve in the field, including a limited number of incidents involving a serious injury or death in the United States while using the sleeve.