Category: Safety

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

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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.

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.

 

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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.

The Next Qualified Level Arc Flash Safety Training Webinars are February 21, 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 February 21, 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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1-5 $200/person
6-10 $175/person
11-25 $150/person
26-50 $125/person
51-100 $ 100/person
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If you can’t make it in January the webinar will be taught again twice on February 21, 2019.

Questions? Contact Pete Chaney.

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.

 

Safety Excellence Award Application Deadline Extended to January 16, 2019

MCAA and long-time partner in safety CNA bring you the industry’s most prestigious safety awards, the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards. Top awards are based on your company’s safety program’s success, and innovative safety initiatives. There are first place winners in each of five size categories. Each first place winner is presented with a plaque at MCAA’s Annual Convention.

To be eligible to receive one of these awards, please complete and submit the application to MCAA by close of business on January 16, 2019. If your company wins an award, someone from the company must be available to receive it at the annual Awards of Excellence Breakfast on March 6, 2019 at MCAA19 in Phoenix, AZ.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Pete Chaney via email or call him at 301-990-2214.

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Register Now to Attend MCAA’s 16th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

Register right away to participate in MCAA’s 16th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference and guarantee the special MCAA hotel room rate. This conference is the mechanical industry’s single best safety and health educational and networking opportunity. It will be presented in Lake Buena Vista, FL (Orlando) January 22-24, 2019.

Attendees of this conference are predominantly occupational safety and health professionals from member firms and local affiliates, safety instructors from United Association locals, MCA local executives, and employees of member firms and local affiliates whose responsibilities include occupational safety and health.

The conference has grown in popularity and attendance each year since it’s inception. MCAA anticipates record attendance for the 16th consecutive year.

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Need to Create a Lockout/Tagout Safety Program? This Model Program Makes it Easy!

Many construction owners, general contractors, and construction managers require affected companies to establish written lockout/tagout safety programs that minimize risk to their employees and ensure compliance with OSHA regulations. MCAA’s Model Lockout/Tagout Program can be quickly and easily tailored to create your program. It makes development and implementation of such a program as easy and cost-effective as possible.

In addition to this model program, MCAA offers lockout/tagout training materials to simplify worker training.

If you have any questions about this or any other safety resources, or about other occupational safety and health issues, please contact Pete Chaney.

CNA’s 10 Tips for Preventing Overexposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

MCAA partner in safety CNA recently published 10 tips to help prevent overexposure to respirable crystalline silica. The company’s one page Risk Control Bulletin … Cut Down Your Silica Exposure describes ten ways to reduce silica exposure while working in construction. In the mechanical construction industry, exposure to respirable crystalline silica is most likely to occur when drilling, cutting or boring into concrete, or working around other trades that are performing similar tasks. MCAA thanks CNA for its partnership.

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Need Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Your Team? Check Out this Video!

MCAA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Training Video illustrates how observing basic precautions prevents the transmission of bloodborne pathogens and related diseases, such as Hepatitis B and HIV.

Your workers will learn to:

  • Identify potential high-exposure work tasks
  • Protect themselves before starting work or responding to an injury
  • Select and use appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Use appropriate procedures for clean-up
  • Properly handle contaminated equipment
  • Use proper personal hygiene practices to help prevent exposure

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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

Check Out this Related Resource

Download the Model Program

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.

MCAA Earns Prestigious Telly Award for Workplace Violence Prevention & Protection Video

MCAA recently learned that it earned a coveted 2018 Telly Award for its Workplace Violence Prevention and Protection safety training video. The video was developed and produced by MCAA to prepare pipefitters, plumbers, service technicians, fabrication shop workers, and office employees for the possibility of workplace violence.

The Telly Awards annually showcase the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. More than 12,000 entries were submitted from all 50 states and 5 continents. Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world. Past Telly Award winners include, Disney, ESPN, The History Channel, Microsoft, Fox, and HBO.

If you have not seen MCAA’s Workplace Violence Prevention and Protection video, MCAA urges you to watch it, and ensure that all your employees do too. To access the video, which is free to members as a benefit of membership, please visit the link below.

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Need Help Planning for Safe Rigging Operations? Get this Guide!

MCAA’s Rigging Safety Guide helps you deliver basic information about key safe rigging practices to keep your workers safe during rigging operations.

Your workers will learn how to:

  • Prevent rigging/lifting related injuries
  • Prevent damage to equipment, materials, and property
  • Perform their rigging responsibilities more efficiently

The guide walks through 10 rules for mechanical industry rigging safety, using illustrations to explain each rule. It also includes safety tips for common industry rigging applications, pre-lift reminders for riggers, and hand signals for crane operations.

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MCAA offers a safety training video on the topic of rigging safety and accompanying materials to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts. An Evaluator’s Guide to Qualified Riggers is also available.

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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.

Register Now to Attend MCAA’s 16th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

Register right away to participate in MCAA’s 16th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference and guarantee the special MCAA hotel room rate. This conference is the mechanical industry’s single best safety and health educational and networking opportunity. It will be presented in Lake Buena Vista, FL (Orlando) January 22-24, 2019.

Attendees of this conference are predominantly occupational safety and health professionals from member firms and local affiliates, safety instructors from United Association locals, MCA local executives, and employees of member firms and local affiliates whose responsibilities include occupational safety and health.

The conference has grown in popularity and attendance each year since it’s inception. MCAA anticipates record attendance for the 16th consecutive year.

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Deadline for Milwaukee Tool Mechanical Industry Safety Professional of the Year Award Nominations is December 10

The Milwaukee Tool Mechanical Industry Safety Professional of the Year Award will be presented for the first time at MCAA19 in Phoenix, AZ. The annual award will be presented to a mechanical industry safety and health professional who has led his or her company to an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence.

To nominate someone from your company, or from another MCAA/MSCA member company, for this extremely prestigious award, complete the Nomination Form and e-mail it to Pete Chaney by the close of business on December 10, 2018.