Category: Safety

Learn How to Establish the Best Possible Ergonomics Program for Your Company. Join Our September 26 Webinar

MCAA has been working with the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the United Association (UA), and Washington University in St. Louis to develop and produce ergonomics resources for the construction industry. Our September 26, 2019 webinar, which is free to members, will show you how to create an effective ergonomics program to reduce the occurrence of soft tissue injuries among mechanical construction workers. MCAA believes that effective ergonomics programs are critical in our industry, especially since more than half our workforce is 45 years old or older. In this webinar you’ll learn about two sets of new ergonomics resources, which will be made available to members for free through MCAA’s website. One set teaches contractors how to establish effective ergonomics programs for their companies. The other set is for training our worker about effective ergonomics in construction.  To access the webinar, visit the link below. If you prefer to access the audio by telephone, please call 415-655-0003. The access code is 661 495 207.

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Keep Your Team Working Safely in Excavations – This Video Can Help

Excavation cave-ins happen so quickly there is literally no time to react. That’s why worker safety training on excavations is so important. When workers use the protective systems and safe work practices that are covered in MCAA’s new Excavation Safety for Mechanical Construction worker safety training video, their work in excavations will be as safe as any other part of your job.

Workers will learn:

  • How soil types govern protective system safety requirements
  • How weather conditions can change soil types
  • When it’s safe to enter an excavation
  • Why atmospheric monitoring is so important
  • When protective systems are needed
  • The importance of effective access and egress
  • What to do if they see anything that could be hazardous
  • What to do in case of an excavation cave-in

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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.

Want to Reduce Soft Tissue Injuries? This Webinar Will Show You How

MCAA has been working with the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the United Association (UA), and Washington University in St. Louis to develop and produce ergonomics resources for the construction industry. Our September 26, 2019 webinar, which is free to members, will show you how to create an effective ergonomics program to reduce the occurrence of soft tissue injuries among mechanical construction workers. MCAA believes that effective ergonomics programs are critical in our industry, especially since more than half our workforce is 45 years old or older. In this webinar you’ll learn about two sets of new ergonomics resources, which will be made available to members for free through MCAA’s website. One set teaches contractors how to establish effective ergonomics programs for their companies. The other set is for training our worker about effective ergonomics in construction.  To access the webinar, visit the link below. If you prefer to access the audio by telephone, please call 415-655-0003. The access code is 661 495 207.

WEBINAR ACCESS

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

Honeywell Issues STOP-USE of Miller MightEvac and MightyLite Self-Retracting Lifelines

Honeywell is informing users of potentially non-conforming brake components in certain models of Miller MightEvac and MightyLite Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRLs) ranges manufactured within a specific time-frame. While there have been NO reported incidents due to this nonconformity, continued use of the product could result in serious injury or death. The company urges all users of this equipment to immediately discontinue use to avoid safety risks. 

Brake components in affected models of Miller MightEvac and MightyLite Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRLs) must be replaced at the manufacturer’s repair center.

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Need a Customized Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan? Start with this MCAA Model Program

Not sure whether you need a detailed, written bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan for your next job? The flowcharts in MCAA’s Model Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan will help you figure it out.

If the answer is yes, the model program will guide you through the process of establishing one. This resource is especially helpful for contractors whose employees work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, funeral homes, laboratories or other settings where they may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens.

Topics covered include:

  • Exposure determination
  • Methods of compliance
  • Hepatitis B vaccinations
  • Post-exposure evaluations
  • Worker information and training
  • Recordkeeping

Appendices include company obligations when a standard does not apply, a summary of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and applicable definitions and a sample Hepatitis B vaccine declination 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.

Want to Learn How to Establish the Best Possible Ergonomics Program? Join Our September 26 Webinar

MCAA has been working with the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the United Association (UA), and Washington University in St. Louis to develop and produce ergonomics resources for the construction industry. Our September 26, 2019 webinar, which is free to members, will show you how to create an effective ergonomics program to reduce the occurrence of soft tissue injuries among mechanical construction workers. MCAA believes that effective ergonomics programs are critical in our industry, especially since more than half our workforce is 45 years old or older. In this webinar you’ll learn about two sets of new ergonomics resources, which will be made available to members for free through MCAA’s website. One set teaches contractors how to establish effective ergonomics programs for their companies. The other set is for training our worker about effective ergonomics in construction.  To access the webinar, visit the link below. If you prefer to access the audio by telephone, please call 415-655-0003. The access code is 661 495 207.

WEBINAR ACCESS

Simplify Your Safety Training with these Toolbox Talks!

Have you ever wished that safety training was as easy as selecting the topic, presenting it, and following up? It can be, with MCAA’s Toolbox Safety Talks for Mechanical Construction Contractors – Volume III. This resource includes 52 talks, everything you need for a year of weekly worker safety training without the stress of having to prepare the training from scratch.

Topics covered include:

  • Hazard communication
  • Respiratory protection
  • Hearing conservation
  • Welding hazards
  • Vehicle safety and maintenance
  • First aid and health issues
  • Materials handling

Additional training topics emphasize why training is so important and provide tools like a personal safety checklist to help ensure that workers are on the lookout for all potential safety hazards.

Instructions and a worker safety training documentation sheet are included to further simplify the process.

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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.

Save Time on Your Next JHA with this Guide

It’s no accident that job hazard analyses (JHA) are required by many construction owners, GCs, CMs, and government agencies. These analyses help significantly reduce the risk of workplace incidents that could result in injury or property damage, thus reducing cost. Whether you’re developing a JHA to meet a requirement, or as part of your company’s standard process, this resource gives you a head start.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • Information to help you identify the jobs that require hazard analysis
  • Guidance on developing JHAs for your projects
  • A sample JHA that uses the hazards and safe work practices outlined in the guide
  • A list of job components, along with the associated hazards and safe work practices for each, that can be easily plugged into your JHA

Using these tools and guidelines will save you time and make the JHA development process easier and more cost-effective than starting from scratch.

3M™ PROTECTA® Cobra Mobile/Manual Rope Grab AC202D Is Incorrectly Stamped

3M Fall Protection has determined that the 3MTM PROTECTA® Cobra Mobile/Manual Rope Grab AC202D is incorrectly stamped for use with 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter rope on the exterior body of the unit. This Cobra Rope Grab is certified for use ONLY with 5/8 inch diameter polyester or polypropylene rope. All marketing information and the Instructions for Use (IFU) for this rope grab correctly identify the size of rope to be used as 5/8 inch polyester/polypropylene rope.

In the event of a fall from height, a Cobra Rope Grab used with 1/2 inch diameter rope may not arrest the fall and could result in serious injury or death to the worker. To remedy this situation, 3M is launching a Stop Use & Product Recall to replace all AC202D and related Cobra Rope Grabs that are stamped 1/2″-3/4″ Dia.

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Put Safety at Service Techs’ Fingertips

Could your service techs benefit from a quick reference for working safely? The Safety Manual for Mechanical Service Technicians provides the information techs need to handle common jobsite emergencies. It also provides both background and safe work practices for key safety topics, such as arc flash, electrical shock, hazard communication, and work in confined spaces. Members can download the manual free as a benefit of membership, or purchase print copies for their workers who prefer them.

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Does Your Company Do Construction Work or Have a Fab Shop?

Then you won’t want to miss these similar titles designed especially for construction and fabrication shop workers.

Safety Manual for Mechanical Construction Workers

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Safety Manual for Mechanical Fabrication Shop Workers

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STOP USE of 3M DBI-SALA Nano-Lok Edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg Self Retracting Lifelines

3M Fall Protection has announced an immediate stop use and product recall of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg Self Retracting Lifelines. The twin-leg Nano-Lok edge is part of a personal fall protection system and connects two self-retracting lifelines/devices (SRL’s/SRD’s) directly under the dorsal d-ring of a worker’s harness. It is intended to be anchored at foot-level, and is designed for sharp edge applications. The twin-leg Wrap Back Nano-Lok is intended for wrapping around an anchor and incorporates a similar energy absorber. 3M has determined that in the event of a fall and under certain conditions, the energy absorber may not properly deploy which could expose the worker to serious injury or death.

Recall Notice

Want to Remain Competitive? Select Safety-Conscious Subcontractors with the Help of this Guide

Your company’s bottom line, and its ability to obtain future work, is at risk each time you hire a subcontractor. Companies whose subcontractors consistently perform the industry’s necessary safely functions well have a much easier time securing future work. So how do you go about finding safety-conscious subcontractors? MCAA’s Guide to Subcontractor Safety Management simplifies the process by providing a system for subcontractor evaluation.

You will learn:

  • How to objectively select subcontractors that are committed to jobsite safety
  • How to assist your subs through the process of establishing and implementing the programs, policies, procedures, and safe work practices necessary to consistently perform their work safely
  • How to verify and document that the necessary safety and health measures have been established, and are consistently implemented

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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.

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.

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.

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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