Safety Excellence Initiative

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Protecting Your Company's Most Valuable Asset: Your People

In 1997 MCAA announced its first ever National Safety Excellence Initiative. The purpose was to establish a perpetual initiative that would provide unsurpassed mechanical construction and service industry-specific safety services for MCAA, MSCA, PCA and NCPWB members. More than two decades later, the initiative continues to grow with considerable momentum. The primary services include:

  • Educational Resources
  • Annual Safety Directors’ Conference
  • Safety and Health Webinars
  • Safety Excellence Awards Programs
  • Members Only Safety Issues List Serve (Safety-Talk)
  • Timely Information on Urgent Topics/Issues
  • Telephone Consulting Services
  • Regulatory and Legislative Advocacy

Read on to learn more about what's new in the field or find safety-related resources.

What's New

MCAA is still accepting applications for the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program. The application deadline is January 24, 2020.

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.

MCAA is still accepting applications for the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program. The application deadline is January 24, 2020.

A small number of Guardian Fall Protection leading edge compatible self-retracting lifelines (SRL-LE) have been identified as non-compliance with the American National Standard Institute’s (ANSI) standard Z359.14-14 Safety Requirements For Self-Retracting Devices For Personal Fall Arrest And Rescue Systems. The affected SRLs must be removed from service immediately.

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.

The deadline to nominate someone for the 2019 Milwaukee Tool/MCAA Safety Professional of the Year award is Friday, 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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 MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program is now accepting applications for 2019.

Motion is money and safety in the construction business, which relies on employees’ physical movements to accomplish the job at hand. MCAA’s new Motion is Money and Safety video will teach your supervisors to recognize opportunities to minimize movement, leading to safer and more profitable jobs.

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

MCAA anticipates a 17th consecutive year of record attendance at it’s annual Safety Directors’ Conference in January. You won’t want to 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. 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.

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.

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.

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

MCAA anticipates a 17th consecutive year of record attendance at it’s annual Safety Directors’ Conference in January. You won’t want to 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. 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.

Distracted driving poses significant risk to every business that has employees who drive both company-owned and personal vehicles for company business. Common activities that divert attention from the road include texting, most mobile phone use, eating and drinking, reaching for an object, talking with a passenger, and reading navigation systems. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), for the second consecutive year, more than 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. According to a 2017 NSC public opinion poll, 74 percent rated distracted drivers as a major concern for traffic safety. Use this guide from CNA to assist in developing and supporting a program that helps in the control of driver behaviors, based on statistics about the impact of cell phone use and driver distractions, such as talking and texting.

RMF Nooter Receives First Place at the Zero Injury Safety Awards® Gala

RMF Nooter, Inc. received first place in the nation at the 19th Annual Zero Injury Safety Awards Gala. The award recognizes 2.3 million work-hours performed injury-free on the BP Toledo Refinery project. When asked why RMF Nooter is consistently ranked among the top five in the nation, Bobbie Strayer, Vice President of Administration, noted, “Safety is a part of every phase of our jobs. From the planning phase, through execution, and at close out.” Congratulations! MCAA applauds your commitment to safety excellence.

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 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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 tissues injuries among mechanical construction workers.

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.

Upcoming Safety Resources
Have You Seen All of Our 2019 Safety Resources?
MCAA continuously develops new safety and health resources to protect your company’s most valuable asset—your people. The following resources were released in 2019. All are free to members in electronic format as a benefit of membership, so get your copies today! Watch for more safety resources in 2020. Looking for something on another safety topic? Find it here.
Respiratory Protection
Safety Resources on Respiratory Protection
MCAA's worker safety training video on respiratory protection for mechanical construction and service workers covers mandatory respiratory protection training requirements for workers using air-purifying respirators. A pocket guide, training documentation sheet, 20-question multiple choice test and answer key are also available. And, MCAA offers a model program on the topic. All of these resources are available to members for free.
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Safety-Talk
Safety-Talk is direct e-mail communication to more than 250 MCAA member firm safety professionals, and other individuals responsible for workplace safety and health in their companies. The TEAM MCAA community that makes up Safety-Talk shares safety and health related experiences, programs, solutions to problems, and other information in a timely manner. If you would like more information, or would like to participate on Safety-Talk, send an e-mail to Pete Chaney.