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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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. Because hurricanes can wreak havoc on mechanical construction and service businesses, you may want to consider planning ahead.

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.

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

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.

MCAA’s Toolbox Safety Talks for Construction Contractors – Volume III simplifies worker safety training with 52 talks, enough for a full year of weekly worker safety training.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 educating your supervisors.

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.

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

Due to popular demand, MSCA is holding a second Sales Leadership Symposium, September 17 – 18, 2019!

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.

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 skin cancer 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Safety Resources
The First Four Safety Resources of 2019 Are Here. Do You Have Your Copies?
MCAA continuously develops new safety and health resources to protect your company’s most valuable asset—your people. Three new resources are already available this year. All are free to members in electronic format as a benefit of membership, so get your copies today! Additional resources are on the way. Watch for these titles in the coming months:
  • Guide to RF Radiation Safety
  • Motion is Money and Safety Video for Supervisors
Each new resource will be announced right here on mcaa.org.
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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.