Category: Safety

Congratulations for 20 Consecutive Years of Steadily Excelling Safety Performance

MCAA member safety performance has steadily excelled since the association kicked off its perpetual Safety Excellence Initiative in 1998. Among participants in the association’s annual Safety Statistics and Awards Program, the aggregate incidence rates for recordable injury cases, lost workday cases, and fatality cases dropped substantially between 1998 and 2018. MCAA congratulates you for 20 consecutive years of safety excellence and looks forward to helping you continue to achieve it over the next 20 years and beyond.

MCAA Member Aggregate Incidence Rates19982018
Recordable Cases Incidence Rate8.21.2
Lost Workday Cases Incidence Rate3.9.2
Fatality Cases Incidence Rate.60

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Distracted Driving Accidents Continue to Rise – These Resources Help You Address the Issue Head-On

U.S. vehicle fatalities in 2018 exceeded 40,000, a 14% increase over the level just four years ago (2014). In 2017, the most recent year for which data on vehicle fatalities caused by distracted driving is available, there were 3,166 fatalities known to be caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving includes texting and cell phone use while driving, as well as other types of poor driving behaviors. MCAA resources can help you curb these behaviors.

Get Up to Speed Quickly

MCAA’s Distracted Driving Safety Bulletin will bring you up to speed quickly.

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Establish Rules of the Road

MCAA’s Distracted Driving Reduction and Prevention Guide will help you:

  • Establish a written policy to reduce or prevent distracted driving in your company
  • Train all affected drivers/workers
  • Learn about technologies to reduce or prevent distracted driving

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Provide Additional Worker Training

MCAA’s Workplace Distractions Safety Training Video will help your workers recognize and avoid the four most common industry-related workplace distractions:

  • Driving distractions
  • Electronic distractions
  • Environmental distractions
  • Personal distractions

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Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts:

Highlight Key Training Points

Download the Pocket Guide

Document Worker Training

Download the Documentation Sheet

Confirm that Workers Understand the Training Concepts

Download the Test

Download the Test Answer Key

Want Even More Safety Resources?

MCAA has you covered, with a full range of resources to help you protect your workers from injury and comply with applicable safety regulations. Here’s where to find them:

On our Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page, where they’re listed by category with links.

Go there now

In the Resource Center, where you can use the blue Refine Your Search bar to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.

Visit the Resource Center

Have Questions or Need Personal Assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.

Would it Help You to Know the Current Mechanical Industry Injury Trends?

Mechanical industry workers are much safer now than they were in the past. For example, the aggregate MCAA member incidence rate for recordable worker injuries fell over a 21 year period from 8.2 in 1998 to 1.2 in 2018, and the lost workday cases incidence rate fell from 3.9 in 1998 to 0.2 in 2018. However, there is still work to do, especially in the areas of manual handling of materials/physical stress, falls, and struck by object hazards. Recent data shared with us by long-time partner in safety CNA highlights where we need to focus our attention concerning mechanical industry injury frequency and severity. The data is specific to MCAA member firms insured by CNA.

Mechanical Industry WC Claims (Frequency)201620172018
Manual Handling/Physical Stress23%26%23%
Slip/Trip (Same level with or without a fall)15%13%15%
Struck By (Moving/flying object/liquid)21%17%19%
Sum of Incurred WC Claim Losses (Severity)201620172018
Falls from Elevation7%7%53%
Manual Handling/Physical Stress28%28%9%
Slip/Trip (Same level with or without a fall)18%17%13%
Struck By (Moving/flying object/liquid)18%14%9%

CNA Mechanical Industry Loss Trends

MCAA Safety Resources Will Help You Address These Areas…and More

If you’re ready to start addressing the areas that still need work, MCAA is here to help. Our website includes a full range of resources to help you protect your workers from injury and comply with applicable safety regulations. Here’s where to find them:

On our Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page, where they’re listed by category with links.

Go there now

In the Resource Center, where you can use the blue Refine Your Search bar to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.

Visit the Resource Center

Have questions or need personal assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.

Innovation on Display at Murray Company for the 2019 Fabrication Conference

At MCAA’s 2019 Fab Conference, Murray Company in Los Angeles, California opened its doors to over 225 contractors to learn fabrication, process and digital integration. Over three days, they helped move the industry forward by demonstrating their processes, technology and innovations. In addition to learning about the Murray approach to the fabrication process, attendees learned how pull planning and enhanced coordination can help drive schedule and increase productivity.

Give Construction Workers Quick Access to Safety Information

Do your mechanical construction workers need a quick reference to help them work safely? MCAA’s Safety Manual for Mechanical Construction Workers provides critical information on everything from aerial lift safety to preventing overexposure to zinc. Members can download the manual free as a benefit of membership, or purchase print copies for their workers who prefer them.

National Construction Safety Week Starts May 6. Want to Participate?

National Construction Safety Week is a celebration of safe work practices by national and global construction firms. The celebration takes place each spring to remind construction workers and supervisors how important workplace safety is every week of every year. This year’s celebration takes place May 6 – 10.

For National Construction Safety Week 2019, MCAA recommends that you highlight the topics listed below to help prevent some of the most common mechanical industry incidents that often result in injury. MCAA has substantive resources on each topic that are free to you as a benefit of membership.

  • Pressure Testing Safety
  • Fall Prevention and Protection
  • Ladder Safety
  • The Safe Manual Handling of Materials
  • Eye Injury Prevention

MCAA Safety Resources

Need More Ideas?

National Construction Safety Week Website

Put Safety at Fab Shop Workers’ Fingertips

Do your fab shop workers need a quick reference for working safely in the shop? MCAA’s Safety Manual for Mechanical Fabrication Shop Workers will provide them with critical information on everything from working safely with overhead and gantry cranes to preventing overexposure to manganese while performing hot work. Members can download the manual free as a benefit of membership, or purchase print copies for their workers who prefer them.

The Next Qualified Level Arc Flash Safety Training Webinars are May 16, 2019

Make sure your service techs have the up-to-date safety training they need to protect themselves from arc flash and electrical shock hazards while working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less. The session covers all applicable OSHA requirements, NFPA 70E provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

Take advantage of the MCAA/MSCA member discounted webinar prices. The next two webinars are being presented on May 16, 2019. The first is from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and the second is from 10:00 a.m. to Noon Eastern Time.

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# of trainees from

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$/person
1-5 $200/person
6-10 $175/person
11-25 $150/person
26-50 $125/person
51-100 $ 100/person
101+ Email for Pricing

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If you can’t make it in May, the webinar will be taught again twice on June 20, 2019.

Questions? Contact Pete Chaney.

Protect Your Workers from Silica Hazards with this Guide

If workers inhale a large enough concentration of microscopic crystalline silica particles, it can lead to silicosis, lung cancer, and other health problems. MCAA’s Guide to Silica Safety provides mechanical construction employers with the information they need to help their workers:

  • Understand the potential hazards associated with overexposure to respirable crystalline silica
  • Identify the most common mechanical construction activities that can produce it
  • Identify common activities performed by other trades that can produce it
  • Implement the best available safe work practices to prevent overexposure
  • Comply with OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard

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Additional Silica Resources

Whether you’re looking for help developing a written silica exposure control plan, a summary of the OSHA standard or additional training materials, MCAA has you covered with these resources:

If you have questions about any of these resources or OSHA’s silica standard, please contact Pete Chaney at pchaney@mcaa.org or 301-990-2214.

Do You Have the Knowledge to Protect Workers Performing Hot Work in Confined Spaces?

MCAA recently added information to its safety bulletin and model program on confined spaces in construction to emphasize that even when employers are in compliance with OSHA’s confined spaces in construction standard, they are still required to comply with applicable parts of the agency’s welding and cutting standard. Welding, cutting and heating in confined spaces may generate hazards that are not adequately covered by OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA).

Download the Safety Bulletin

Download the Model Program

If you have any questions, please contact Pete Chaney at 301-990-2214 or pchaney@mcaa.org.

Need Help with Ladder Safety? Check Out this Video!

In the mechanical industry more than 50% of falls from elevation are falls from ladders. Most of the time it’s because our workers are reaching out too far, or carrying tools or materials in their hands while climbing. However, there are many other reasons for falls from ladders and this video can help you train your workers to recognize and avoid all of them. MCAA’s Ladder Safety Training Video will show your fitters, plumbers, and service technicians how to properly inspect, transport, set up and use ladders safely.

The video emphasizes:

  • Common reasons for falls
  • The safe use of ladders, including stepladders and portable straight ladders
  • How new ladder technology has substantially improved ladder safety

Download or play the video

There’s More…

Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts:

Highlight key training points

Download the Pocket Guide

Document worker training

Download the Documentation Sheet

Confirm that workers understand the training concepts

Download the Test

Download the Test Answer Key

Want Even More Safety Resources?

MCAA has you covered, with a full range of resources to help you protect your workers from injury and comply with applicable safety regulations. Here’s where to find them:

On our Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page, where they’re listed by category with links.

Go there now

In the Resource Center, where you can use the blue Refine Your Search bar to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.

Visit the Resource Center

Have questions or need personal assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.

Five Member Firms Recognized for Safety Excellence at MCAA19

MCAA president Mike Brandt and CNA construction segment director Mark Wilke presented five MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards at MCAA19 in Phoenix. The participating firms were judged on the quality of their safety programs, innovative safety initiatives, and overall safety performance in 2018. The awards were presented at the March 6, 2019 Awards of Excellence Breakfast in front of twelve hundred attendees. The award winners are:

  • Southwest Town Mechanical – Size Category 1 – Up to 100,000 Work Hours;
  • Armistead Mechanical, Inc. – Size Category 2 – 100,001 to 250,000 Work Hours;
  • Integrated Facility Services – Size Category 3 – 250,001 to 400,000 Work Hours;
  • University Mechanical Contractors – Size Category 4 – 400,001 to 1 Million Work Hours; and
  • J.F. Ahern Company – Size Category 5 – More Than 1 Million Work Hours.

MCAA congratulates all the winners for their remarkable achievements.

Looking for Distracted Driving Prevention Solutions? CNA Can Help!

MCAA’s long-time partner in safety CNA has extensive expertise in fleet and driver safety. The firm is sharing distracted driving prevention solutions with MCAA, including a guide on limiting driver distractions from cell phone use, and a bulletin introducing small business (bSafeMobile) and large business (FleetSafer) technology solutions for distracted driving prevention. Both solutions help reduce the number of vehicle accidents by eliminating a leading cause of crashes; driver distractions from the use of smart phones while driving.

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OSHA Modifies Recordkeeping Rule for Large Employers

OSHA recently published a final rule modifying its recordkeeping regulation that required employers with 250 or more employees to submit recordkeeping forms 300 (log of work-related injuries and illnesses), 301 (incident report form), and 300A (annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses). The new rule eliminates the obligation for employers with 250 or more employees to submit their forms 300 and 301. However,  they will still be required to submit their 300A annual summary forms. Employers with fewer than 250 employees are already required to submit 300A summary forms annually. The new rule also requires covered employers to electronically submit their Employer Identification Number along with the 300A  annual summaries.  The deadline for electronic submissions of recordable injury/illness information from 2018 is March 2, 2019.

 

FINAL RULE

17 Educational Sessions Power MCAA’s 2019 Safety Directors’ Conference

For the 16th consecutive year, attendance at MCAA’s annual Safety Directors’ Conference increased substantially. The conference was presented last week in Orlando, Florida to a record crowd of 286 attendees, who enjoyed 17 educational sessions addressing the most current mechanical industry-specific safety and health topics and issues. They also appreciated several networking and team building opportunities throughout the conference.

The educational topics included:

  • The value of professional safety certifications
  • New video scanning technology to identify safety hazards
  • New back injury prevention techniques
  • Safety leadership and group dynamics
  • Telemedicine to help prevent recordable injuries
  • Virtual safety training technology
  • Traversing marijuana and post-accident drug testing traps
  • Exoskeleton technology
  • Construction safety tools
  • Fall arrest suspension trauma
  • Open-topic discussions
  • How to make safety training messages memorable
  • The UA Standard for Safety
  • What’s working for mechanical industry safety professionals around the country
  • The most effective way to create a safe, healthy, productive workplace

Attendees also learned about new safety and health equipment and services at the annual Safety Directors’ Conference exhibit.

Planning for next year’s conference is already well underway. The conference will be presented January 21-23, 2020 in San Antonio.

MCAA Member UMC Achieves Over One Million Work Hours Without Incident

Currently working in a fast-paced construction boom and doubling the company’s workforce in 2018, University Mechanical Contractors (UMC) exemplifies best-in-class safety excellence with the record to back it up. UMC just passed the tremendous safety milestone of one-million hours worked without a recordable safety incident.

The company has completely transformed its entire safety culture into a successful model of proud and empowered employees with astonishing results:

  • More than one-million consecutive-safe hours
  • 578 consecutive days recordable-incident-free company-wide
  • Three years recordable-free – Major projects group
  • More than one-fourth of reported incidents have been personal/non-work related – “keep small problems small”

“We established our new safety program to inspire the overarching principle that motivates UMC’s crews to work safely and to look out for one another—pride,” said Kirk Baisch, safety director and firm partner. Our “Pride-based Safety” program is based on knowing you’re doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons, especially when no one is looking.”

Warmest congratulations to all UMC employees from all of us at MCAA.

Members Can Save on OSHA 10- and 30-Hour Safety Standards Courses

Online OSHA 10- and 30-hour construction safety standards courses, and the OSHA 10-hour general industry safety standards course (for fabrication shops and mechanical service work) are available to MCAA and MSCA members at discount prices.

OSHA 10-Hour Construction (Discount not available for CAL OSHA 10-hour course)

Regular Price – $89        MCAA Member Price – $80.10

OSHA 30-Hour Construction

Regular Price – $189      MCAA Member Price – $170.10

OSHA 10-Hour General Industry

Regular Price – $89        MCAA/MSCA Member Price – $80.10

The provider of the courses, ClickSafety, is one of the few companies authorized by OSHA to provide these courses online. The company has a great deal of experience presenting top-quality safety training. To take advantage of your 10% discounts, visit ClickSafety  and use the MCAA VIP discount code: MCAA2019, which is valid through 2019.

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Looking for Just the Right Safety Incentive Program? This New Guide Will Get You There!

OSHA’s recent changes to its recordkeeping rule also changed the way that employers must implement their safety incentive programs. MCAA’s new Guide to Safety Incentive Programs walks the user through what’s permissible, and why OSHA is requiring the changes. The guide also provides sample programs for individual workers, groups of workers, such as a crew on a single project, and both categories combined. The appendices include examples of a Safety Observation Card/Checklist, Project Hazard Report Form, and Project Safety Observation Card. For more information about the guide, please contact Pete Chaney via email or call him at 301-990-2214.