Category: Safety

Need Help Combatting Unsafe Driving Behaviors? This Video Has It!

Fleet safety is getting a lot of attention because motor vehicle fatalities, which are the leading cause of deaths in America, continue to increase each year. Most vehicle accidents are caused by unsafe driving behavior, substance abuse, insufficient driver training, or inadequate vehicle condition/maintenance. MCAA’s Fleet Safety for Mechanical Service and Construction Supervisors Video will help you combat unsafe driving behaviors by teaching your supervisors:

  • How to properly screen their drivers
  • The components of effective driver training
  • How to monitor driver behavior and
  • How to ensure proper inspection and maintenance of the company’s fleet

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Want 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.

Re-INSPIRE: Sustaining Growth Through Transformation at MSCA19

Join us at MSCA19 in Colorado Springs, CO from October 13-16, 2020. CEO of global consultancy ChangeLabs™ and popular presenter at past MSCA conferences, Peter Sheahan is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. He will help the audience re-INSPIRE themselves to grow in this every changing industry.

In an engaging, case study-rich presentation, Peter will help participants understand how to lead their organization in a rapidly changing and competitive environment, navigate the growing regulatory and disruptor challenges that put pressure on operations, and align behind a strategic vision to find opportunity. During his presentation, Peter will use real-world examples of individuals who have been able to move towards the edge of disruption and transform their teams and organizations by: telling themselves the truth and taking ownership for the changes in their industry, focusing on impact by unleashing a burning aspiration to innovate, and aligning on a shared vision of inspiration and growth.

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Need Guidelines and Training Materials to Qualify Signal Persons? Get this Guide!

MCAA’s Evaluator’s Guide to Qualified Signal Persons helps Qualified Evaluators train candidates to become Qualified Signal Persons.

In addition to helping Qualified Evaluators to understand their role, the guide:

  • Provides a list of training topics
  • Suggests effective training techniques
  • Includes training topics that need to be covered
  • Explains documentation requirements

The guide also summarizes the applicable parts of OSHA’s Standard on Cranes and Derricks in Construction, includes a visual reference of hand signals for crane operations and provides a basic knowledge test for Signal Persons.

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Want 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.

2019 MSCA Sales Leadership Symposium – New class announced!

Due to popular demand, MSCA is holding a second Sales Leadership Symposium on September 17 – 18, 2019!  Taught by in-the-field industry experts, the Sales Leadership Symposium will teach sales leaders how to drive revenue growth and enhance profitability through a structured sales approach. Attendees will take home innovative ideas, crucial skills and the invaluable SALES LEADERSHIP TOOL KIT, which includes over 90 pages of resources to be an effective sales leader in the HVACR/Plumbing industry

The Toolkit Covers Topics Including:

  • HIRING
  • ONBOARDING
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
  • SCORECARDS
  • COACHING
  • CUSTOMER CARE
  • NAVIGATING THE MSCA LIBRARY OF RESOURCES

Safety Planning Is a Snap with this Guide

Pre-project and pre-task safety and health planning for construction should be an integral part of every construction project. Imagine how much easier it would be to protect our workers and make projects even more profitable if safety were automatically included in all existing construction planning processes. That’s what Safety Planning is all about.

MCAA’s Safety Planning Guide provides information to assist you with this task, whether you’re serving as the prime contractor or a subcontractor. Inside, you will find:

  • Step-by-step best practices for incorporating safety into pre-project and pre-task planning
  • Information to help you implement your plans
  • An effective 10-step task hazard analysis process
  • A list of the most common job hazards in the mechanical industry, along with injuries that typically result and corrective measures you can put in place to avoid them
  • A task hazard analysis report form

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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.

The Next Qualified Level Arc Flash Safety Training Webinars are July 25, 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 July 25, 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.

Pricing

# of trainees from

your company

$/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

BROCHURE

REGISTER

If you can’t make it in July, the webinar will be taught again twice on August 15, 2019.

Questions? Contact Pete Chaney.

Does Your Team Know What to Do in the Event of Workplace Violence? This Video Will Prepare Them

Violence in and around workplaces is a continuously growing concern. MCAA’s award-winning Workplace Violence Prevention and Protection Safety Training Video teaches jobsite craft labor, support staff, supervisors, and office workers to identify warning signs and take appropriate action to prevent workplace violence. It also shows viewers how to protect themselves and others if they find themselves in an active workplace violence situation.

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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.

Are Your Workers Properly Protecting Themselves from Skin Cancer? CNA’s New Bulletin Can Help

Skin cancer is a major concern in the mechanical construction and service industry. Every year, more than 5 million cases of skin cancer are treated nationwide. The vast majority of these cases are attributed to UV radiation from the sun.

Working in the sun without the proper protection substantially increases the risk of developing skin cancer. MCAA partner CNA recently produced an informative bulletin to help you help your workers protect themselves from skin cancer and overheating while working in the sun.

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Need to Create an Accident/Incident Investigation Program? This Model Program Makes It Easy!

Accident/incident investigation allows you to identify hazards and unsafe behaviors so that you can implement measures to prevent recurrence. MCAA’s Model Accident/Incident Investigation Program will help contractors to quickly and easily establish an effective investigation program.

The model program guides users through the process of:

  • Compiling the facts associated with the occurrence of an accident/incident
  • Determining the real cause or causes of the accident/incident and
  • Initiating appropriate action to prevent recurrence

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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.

Preparing Your Workers for the Dog Days of Summer? MCAA and CNA Can Help

Now is the time to prepare your fitters, plumbers, and service techs for the looming dog days of summer. By providing them with the knowledge they’ll need to prevent heat stress related illnesses, you ensure their safety down the road.

Common heat stress related illnesses and their symptoms include:

  • Heat Stroke: The body loses its ability to sweat, and can’t control its temperature (HEAT STROKE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY)
  • Heat Exhaustion: The body sweats away too much water and salt
  • Heat Syncope: The body’s blood pressure becomes too low, resulting in dizziness or fainting and
  • Heat Cramps: The body experiences painful muscle spasms.

MCAA Safety Resources Provide Training Talks

MCAA’s safety resources are available for free as a benefit of membership. Be sure to check out:

MCAA’s full range of safety resources are available via our Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page.

CNA Offers Guidance

Long-time MCAA partner in safety CNA offers guidance on the subject in one of its highly informative risk control bulletins.

The Next Qualified Level Arc Flash Safety Training Webinars are June 20, 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 June 20, 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.

Pricing

# of trainees from

your company

$/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

Brochure

Register

If you can’t make it in June, the webinar will be taught again twice on July 25, 2019.

Questions? Contact Pete Chaney.

Need to Teach Safe Practices for Scissors and Boom Lift Work? This Video Will Help!

Lifts are critical to the successful performance of mechanical contracting work, but injuries can occur when workers aren’t informed about how to use them properly or don’t follow safe work practices. MCAA’s safety training video on the subject, and the accompanying materials, will educate workers to avoid these injuries.

The video will help them understand:

  • The significance of aerial lift load capacities
  • How to properly inspect and function test lifts before use
  • What to do when there is a problem with a lift
  • The appropriate fall prevention and protection requirements for the two different types of lifts
  • Safe operating procedures

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.

Planning for Hurricane Season? MCAA Partner CNA Offers Guidance

Each year in the United States, June 1st through November 30th is considered hurricane season. The earliest in a year that a hurricane struck in the U.S. was June 9, 1966 when hurricane Alma slammed into Florida and Georgia affecting several other east coast states as well. The states most affected by hurricanes include Florida, Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, New York, and Virginia. However, eleven other other states have been hit by hurricanes, including California and Hawaii.

Because hurricanes can wreak havoc on mechanical construction and service businesses, you may want to consider planning ahead. Long-time MCAA partner in safety CNA offers guidance on the subject in one of its highly informative risk control bulletins.

BULLETIN

Congratulations On 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

Download or play the video

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.