Category: Safety

Guardian Fall Protection and Web Devices 3-Way Rescue and Retrieval SRL Product Recall

All Guardian Fall Protection and Web Devices 3-Way Rescue and Retrieval self-retracting lifelines (SRL) manufactured before March of 2019 are being recalled. Under certain conditions, braking forces may cause gear misalignment, potentially resulting in diminished rescue/retrieval. If your company uses any of these SRLs manufactured before March 2019, or uses the equipment, but is uncertain of the date of manufacture, the SRLs should be removed from service immediately. All affected product should be returned to Pure Safety Group for repair. Do not attempt to repair the units.

Recall Notice

Crosby Shackles Safety Alert

Crosby Group has determined that certain sizes and types of Crosby shackles may have a condition that can reduce the ultimate load capacity from the published catalog values. The shackle bow may have a previously undetected defect; and continued use may result in loss of load, property damage, severe injury, or death”. If your company uses Crosby shackles G-2130, S-2130, G-213, S-213, G-209, S-209, G-2130OC  in size and capacity range 7/8” Size, 6.50t,  with capacity and product identification code (PIC) 5VJ, immediate action is required. Crosby Group requests that you immediately review your rigging stores and equipment, remove all affected shackles from service immediately, and obtain free replacements from Crosby.

Safety Alert

Hurry Up and Register for the Safety Directors’ Conference!

Don’t miss out on our industry’s best opportunity for world class education on the safety and health topics and issues that are currently affecting mechanical construction and service businesses. Registrations for MCAA’s 17th annual Safety Directors’ Conference are on pace to result in a 17th consecutive year of record attendance. There are already more than 170 attendees registered for the conference. The conference will be presented January 21-23, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. Pre and post conference courses will also be presented.

Our room block at the Westin on the River Walk in San Antonio expires on January 3rd, so please be sure to register before then to guarantee the best possible overnight room rate. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Sobeida Orantes at saorantes@mcaa.org or 301-990-2207. For all other questions, please contact Pete Chaney at pchaney@mcaa.org, or 301-990-2214. We are very much looking forward to seeing you there.

Safety Professional of the Year Award Application Deadline Extended

In response to numerous requests, MCAA is extending the application deadline for the MILWAUKEE TOOL/MCAA Safety Professional of the Year award to December 20, 2019. The award is presented annually to a mechanical industry safety and health professional who has led his or her company to achieving an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence. The award winner will be announced at MCAA’s 2020 Safety Directors’ Conference on January 23rd in San Antonio, and presented at MCAA’s 2020 Convention on March 18 in Maui.

To nominate someone from your company, or from another company to become the 2019 MILWAUKEE TOOL/MCAA Safety Professional of the Year,  complete the Nomination Form and e-mail it to Pete Chaney by COB December 20, 2019.

Apply Now for the Prestigious MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Award!

MCAA and long-time partner in safety CNA bring you the prestigious MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program. 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 receives a plaque at MCAA’s annual Convention.

To be eligible to receive one of these awards you’ll need to complete an application online and submit it to MCAA by January 11, 2020. 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 18, 2020 at MCAA20 in Maui, Hawaii. If you have any questions about the program, please e-mail or call Pete Chaney at pchaney@mcaa.org, or 301-990-2214.

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MCAA Anticipates Record Attendance at its 17th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

Explore our industry’s most important safety issues while you connect with fellow MCAA members and our UA partners at MCAA’s 17th annual Safety Directors’ Conference. The program features a wide variety of safety education, plus social events and an exhibit. MCAA thanks CNA and Milwaukee Tool for sponsoring the conference. Find all the details and register on our event website.

Get the Safe Work Practices You Need to Protect Yourself from RF Radiation

Safe work practices can be the difference between completing mechanical service work near cellular and telecommunications antennas without incident, and being overexposed to Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation. The MCAA/MSCA Guide to Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation Safety for Mechanical Service will help you avoid the latter.

Inside, you’ll find information about:

  • The hazards associated with RF radiation exposure
  • The health effects posed by these hazards
  • How to avoid overexposure

The guide also includes a checklist for assessing work areas to determine whether RF radiation exposure is a concern, and a handy visual guide to help identify RF emitting antennas and related items.

By using these tools and educating your service technicians, you can ensure that they have what they need to remain safe when RF radiation is present.

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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.

Update Your Service Techs’ Arc Flash Safety Training with this Webinar

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 December 19, 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

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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 December, the webinar will be taught again twice on January 23, 2020.

Questions? Contact Pete Chaney.

MCAA Anticipates Record Attendance at its 17th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

Explore our industry’s most important safety issues while you connect with fellow MCAA members and our UA partners at MCAA’s 17th annual Safety Directors’ Conference. The program features a wide variety of safety education, plus social events and an exhibit. MCAA thanks CNA and Milwaukee Tool for sponsoring the conference. Find all the details and register on our event website.

Register Now for MCAA’s 17th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

Explore our industry’s most important safety issues while you connect with fellow MCAA members and our UA partners at MCAA’s 17th annual Safety Directors’ Conference. The program features a wide variety of safety education, plus social events and an exhibit. MCAA thanks CNA and Milwaukee Tool for sponsoring the conference. Find all the details and register on our event website.

3M Issues “STOP USE” on Certain 5000 Series Respirators

3M announces an immediate stop use and inspect or return notice for certain versions and lots of the 3M™ Half Facepiece Disposable Respirators 5000 Series – Medium. These respirators are intended, labeled, and packaged for sale to trained industrial and occupational customers for workplace use, such as for employers operating under a U.S. OSHA worker safety program. When properly selected and worn according to the user instructions, these respirators help reduce exposure to certain airborne contaminants. However, during a recent internal review, 3M discovered an issue involving certain versions and lots of the size-medium 3M™ Half Facepiece Disposable Respirators 5000 Series. In a limited number of instances, we have observed a pinhole in the chin area of the faceseal. This affects only certain 5200 (Medium) respirators that were manufactured in July 2019, with Lot Numbers 9184 through 9204. No other 3M half facepiece respirators, including the 5100 (small) and 5300 (large), are affected by this issue. 3M has received no customer complaints related to this issue.

If your company uses 3M respirators:
1. Stop use of your 3M™ Half Facepiece Disposable Respirators 5000 Series – Medium;
2. Inspect those respirators to determine if they are impacted, using the instructions in the ADVISORY; and
3. Take action as appropriate per the follow-up actions also described in the advisory.

Prevent Injuries During Pressure Testing with the Safe Work Practices in this Guide

MCAA’s Guide to Pressure Testing Safety highlights the safe work practices that can help prevent worker injury during hydrostatic and pneumatic testing of steel and copper piping systems.

Your workers will learn about:

  • Hazards associated with pressure testing
  • Common injuries resulting from pressure testing
  • Seven primary causes of piping system failures during pressure test operations that can result in injury, and how to avoid them
  • Safe work practices for hydrostatic testing
  • Safe work practices for pneumatic testing

The guide also contains tools to help you with pre-test safety planning, including sample checklists for both hydrostatic and pneumatic testing. A sample pneumatic test permit is also included.

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There’s More…

A safety training video on the topic of safe pressure testing is also available. Accompanying materials will assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Provide worker training

Download or play the video

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 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 Work Practices in this Guide Help You Break the Line Safely

Safe work practices can be the difference between a safe line break and an extremely hazardous situation. MCAA’s latest guide will help you benchmark your practices and protect your workers.

Inside, you’ll find information about:

  • Common line breaking hazards
  • The most likely injuries from improper line breaking operations
  • Common causes of line breaking incidents
  • General line breaking preparations
  • A checklist you can use to ensure that line breaking is done consistently

By using these tools and educating your workers, you can ensure that every line break is a safe one.

Would Your Foremen Benefit from Damage Prevention Guidelines for Excavations? CNA Can Help.

To protect workers and prevent damage, proper planning and procedures are critical for underground facilities excavations. MCAA’s long-time partner in safety CNA has prepared a risk control bulletin on the subject, and is sharing it with MCAA members. The bulletin covers preplanning, identifying facilities on large and small projects, on site procedures, backfilling, managing damage if it occurs, employee accountability, and more.

CNA Risk Control Bulletin

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.

WEBINAR ACCESS

Train Your Team to Make Excavation Work as Safe as Any Other Part of a Job

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

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.

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.