Category: Safety & Health Initiative

Resource Highlight: MCAA’s New Hand & Power Tool Safety Video With Accompanying Materials

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s new safety training video, Master the Mechanics: Hand & Power Tool Safety for the Mechanical Trades. The video provides trainees with information on the most common hand and power tool injuries in the mechanical construction and service trades. It highlights the tools most likely to be involved in an injury incident, and teaches proper use of the tools to help prevent injuries.

The video comes with a pocket guide that highlights key training points, a training documentation sheet, a 20-question multiple choice test, and a test answer key.

VIDEO

POCKET GUIDE

TRAINING DOCUMENTATION SHEET

TEST

TEST ANSWER KEY

For coverage of other safety topics critical to our industry, including training videos and materials, visit the Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page.

Have Questions or Need Personal Assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.

Raffi Elchemmas Will Join the MCAA Staff

MCAA extends a warm welcome to Raffi Elchemmas, who will be joining the staff starting August 2, 2021. He will be MCAA’s new Executive Director of Safety, Health and Risk Management, learning the ropes before Pete’s upcoming retirement. Raffi comes to us from Milwaukee Tool, where he was the National Manager, Health & Safety. He is a board-certified ergonomist with an MBA in Sales Leadership & Health Sector Management from DePaul University. He has been a member of MCAA’s Safety and Health Committee since 2019. MCAA is pleased to welcome Raffi to the staff, and his wife Martha, daughter Nina, and son Vartan to the MCAA staff family.

STIHL Cut-Off Machines Safety Recall

STIHL is recalling to repair certain TS 410 and TS 420 cut-off machines manufactured between January 2021 and April 2021. In some of these machines the flywheel can break apart while the engine is running, posing a projectile hazard to the users or bystanders. If you have any of these machines, immediately discontinue use and take them to an authorized STIHL dealer for free repair.

New Hand & Power Tool Safety Video Provides Training to Help Prevent Worker Injuries

MCAA’s new safety training video, Master the Mechanics: Hand & Power Tool Safety for the Mechanical Trades, provides trainees with information on the most common hand and power tool injuries in the mechanical construction and service trades. It highlights the tools most likely to be involved in an injury incident, and teaches proper use of the tools to help prevent injuries.

The video comes with a pocket guide that highlights key training points, a training documentation sheet, a 20-question multiple choice test, and a test answer key.

VIDEO

POCKET GUIDE

TRAINING DOCUMENTATION SHEET

TEST

TEST ANSWER KEY

OSHA Releases COVID-19 ETS Inspection Procedures & Enforcement Policies

OSHA recently released a compliance directive titled Inspection Procedures for the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard. The directive is a guide for compliance officers implementing inspections and issuing citations involving:

  • Employer COVID-19 Plans;
  • Screening and Management;
  • Standard and Transmission Based Precautions;
  • Personal Protective Equipment;
  • Aerosol-Generating Procedures;
  • Physical Distancing;
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting;
  • Ventilation;
  • Employee Health Screening and Medical Management;
  • Vaccinations;
  • Training;
  • Anti-Retaliation;
  • Requirements at No Cost;
  • Recordkeeping; and
  • Reporting to OSHA.

If OSHA’s new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 applies to your company, it may be helpful to understand what the agency’s compliance officers are looking for when they are inspecting affected workplaces, and how they are directed to issue citations for violations of the standard.

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OSHA COVID-19 ETS & New Guidance for Employers Not Covered by the Standard

OSHA recently released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 covering settings where employees provide healthcare services or healthcare support services. Contractors providing healthcare support services, such as equipment and facility maintenance, may have to comply with several provisions in the ETS, such as establishing a COVID-19 plan, implementing precautions, requiring use of personal protective equipment, practicing physical distancing, using physical barriers, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, implementing health screening and medical management, supporting COVID-19 vaccinations, and providing appropriate training.

However, the standard does not apply to “well-defined hospital ambulatory care settings” where all employees are fully vaccinated, all non-employees are screened prior to entry, and people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not permitted to enter those settings. Ambulatory care means healthcare services performed on an outpatient basis, such as physician’s offices, hospital outpatient departments, ambulatory surgical centers, and specialty clinics. Affected employers must comply with most provisions of the standard within 14 days, and with the remaining provisions within 30 days. OSHA will use enforcement discretion to avoid citing employers who are making a good faith effort to comply with the ETS.

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Contractors whose employees are not providing healthcare support services are exempt from the ETS. However, OSHA has updated their guidelines for employers based on the most current guidance from the CDC. Employers are urged to comply with the updated guidelines, which direct employers to:

  • Grant paid time off for employees to get vaccinated;
  • Instruct workers who are infected, unvaccinated workers who have had close contact with someone who tested positive, and all workers with COVID-19 symptoms to stay home from work;
  • Implement physical distancing for unvaccinated and otherwise at-risk workers in all communal work areas;
  • Provide unvaccinated and otherwise at-risk workers with face coverings or surgical masks;
  • Educate and train workers on your company’s COVID-19 policies and procedures;
  • Suggest that unvaccinated customers, visitors, or guests wear face coverings;
  • Maintain ventilation systems;
  • Perform routine cleaning and disinfection;
  • Record and report COVID-19 infections and deaths;
  • Implement protections from retaliation;
  • Set up an anonymous process for workers to voice concerns about COVID-19-related hazards; and
  • Follow other applicable mandatory OSHA standards.

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Resource Highlight: MCAA’s Safety Manual for Mechanical Construction Workers

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s newly revised Safety Manual for Mechanical Construction Workers. This quick reference tool provides critical information on everything from aerial lift safety to preventing overexposure to zinc to keep mechanical construction workers safe. It includes new information on administering CPR, beryllium, recent changes to NFPA 70E, and more.

Download the Manual

For additional, in-depth coverage of many of the topics in the manual, including training videos and materials, visit the Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page.

Have Questions or Need Personal Assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.

MCAA Partners with Dodge Data & Analytics To Study Jobsite Safety

MCAA, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), and other organizations are partnering with Dodge Data & Analytics on a study of jobsite safety. The study will track trends in U.S. construction industry safety practices, and MCAA members are encouraged to participate. The survey will close on June 23, 2021.

The survey should take approximately 12 minutes to complete. MCAA members who submit completed surveys will have the option to receive a summary report of the survey findings emailed to them.

Your survey responses are strictly confidential and will not be associated with your name or the name of your company in any way. Your responses will be combined with others and only presented as averages or percentages, or by visual means that cannot be linked back to individual answers. Your responses will be stored in a password protected database that can only be accessed by analysts at Dodge Data & Analytics.

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Resource Highlight: MCAA’s Fire Safety Training Video & Accompanying Materials

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Fire Safety Training Video and its materials. This video will teach your workers to recognize common causes of jobsite fires and how to prevent them.

Your workers will learn about:

  • Health effects of smoke inhalation and burns
  • Common causes of jobsite fires
  • Proper fire prevention techniques
  • Safe fire response, including knowing when to fight the fire and when to get out and leave it to the professionals

The video comes with a pocket guide that highlights key training points, a training documentation sheet, a 20-question multiple choice test, and a test answer key.

Download the Video and Accompanying Materials

Video | Pocket Guide | Documentation Sheet | Test | Answer Key

Have Questions or Need Personal Assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.

Resource Highlight: MCAA’s Electric Arc Welding Safety Training Video & Accompanying Materials

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s electric arc welding safety training video and its materials. The video will teach your workers to work safely while either performing or working near electric arc welding.

Your workers will learn how to protect themselves from:

  • Serious burns
  • Severe eye damage
  • Respiratory and other health problems
  • Fire
  • Electrical shock

The video comes with a pocket guide that highlights key training points, a training documentation sheet, a 20-question multiple choice test, and a test answer key.

Download the Video and Accompanying Materials

Video |  Pocket Guide | Documentation Sheet | Test | Answer Key

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Have Questions or Need Personal Assistance?

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MCAA’s Construction Safety Week Celebration Highlights MCAA’s Fall Protection & Prevention Resources

MCAA’s Construction Safety Week celebration concludes with a look back at the fall prevention and protection resources we have been highlighting during the week.

MCAA’s Ladder Safety Training Video

This 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

Accompanying materials assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Download MCAA’s Ladder Safety Training Video & Materials

Video | Pocket Guide | Documentation Sheet | Test | Answer Key

MCAA’s Fall Prevention and Protection Safety Training Video

This video helps the viewer understand the differences between fall prevention and fall protection with emphasis on the components of fall restraint and fall arrest systems and how to use them properly and safely.

The video also guides the viewer through the fall rescue planning process, including how to survive while suspended in a fall arrest harness after falling and until help arrives.

Accompanying materials assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Download MCAA’s Fall Prevention and Protection Safety Training Video & Materials

Video | Pocket Guide | Documentation Sheet | Test | Answer Key

MCAA’s Model Fall Protection Program

This model program describes the fall hazards that are anticipated in the mechanical construction and service industry and addresses safe fall prevention and protection measures involving mobile and fixes scaffolds, aerial lifts, floor holes, wall openings, and ladders. These safety measures, which are covered in detail, include  guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, fall restraint systems, and floor hole covers.

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MCAA’s Model Fall Rescue Safety Program and Plan

It becomes extremely dangerous for a worker to hang in a fall arrest harness for more than a couple of minutes, so companies are required to have an action plan in place to rescue workers immediately in the event of a fall and subsequent suspension from a fall arrest harness.

MCAA’s Model Fall Rescue Safety Program and Plan helps the user develop a fall rescue plan addressing management responsibility, methods of fall rescue, information on “Qualified Fall Rescuers,” and training requirements.

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Check Out All of MCAA’s Safety Resources

Learn more about safety and health in our industry and access safety-related resources in these locations:

If you have questions about any of these resources or MCAA’s Safety Excellence Initiative, contact Pete Chaney.

About Construction Safety Week

Construction Safety Week was started in 2014, when more than 40 national and global construction firms comprising the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) CEO Forum joined forces with a single aim: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety.

Celebrate Construction Safety Week With MCAA’s Model Fall Rescue Safety Program and Plan

MCAA is celebrating Construction Safety Week May 3 – 7, 2021 by highlighting the resources you need to revisit best safe work practices on fall prevention and protection with your workers. Today we focus on MCAA’s Model Fall Rescue Safety Program and Plan.

It becomes extremely dangerous for a worker to hang in a fall arrest harness for more than a couple of minutes, so companies are required to have an action plan in place to rescue workers immediately in the event of a fall and subsequent suspension from a fall arrest harness.

MCAA’s Model Fall Rescue Safety Program and Plan helps the user develop a fall rescue plan addressing management responsibility, methods of fall rescue, information on “Qualified Fall Rescuers,” and training requirements.

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Check Out All of MCAA’s Safety Resources

Learn more about safety and health in our industry and access safety-related resources in these locations:

If you have questions about any of these resources or MCAA’s Safety Excellence Initiative, contact Pete Chaney.

About Construction Safety Week

Construction Safety Week was started in 2014, when more than 40 national and global construction firms comprising the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) CEO Forum joined forces with a single aim: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety.

Celebrate Construction Safety Week With MCAA’s Model Fall Protection Program

MCAA is celebrating Construction Safety Week May 3 – 7, 2021 by highlighting the resources you need to revisit best safe work practices on fall prevention and protection with your workers. Today we focus on MCAA’s Model Fall Protection Program.

MCAA’s Model Fall Protection Program describes the fall hazards that are anticipated in the mechanical construction and service industry and addresses safe fall prevention and protection measures involving mobile and fixes scaffolds, aerial lifts, floor holes, wall openings, and ladders. These safety measures, which are covered in detail, include  guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, fall restraint systems, and floor hole covers.

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Check Out All of MCAA’s Safety Resources

Learn more about safety and health in our industry and access safety-related resources in these locations:

If you have questions about any of these resources or MCAA’s Safety Excellence Initiative, contact Pete Chaney.

About Construction Safety Week

Construction Safety Week was started in 2014, when more than 40 national and global construction firms comprising the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) CEO Forum joined forces with a single aim: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety.

Celebrate Construction Safety Week With MCAA’s Fall Prevention and Protection Safety Training Video & Materials

MCAA is celebrating Construction Safety Week May 3 – 7, 2021 by highlighting the resources you need to revisit best safe work practices on fall prevention and protection with your workers. Today we focus on MCAA’s Fall Restraint and Arrest Systems Safety Training Video and its accompanying materials.

MCAA’s Fall Restraint and Arrest Systems Safety Training Video helps the viewer understand the differences between fall prevention and fall protection with emphasis on the components of fall restraint and fall arrest systems and how to use them properly and safely.

The video also guides the viewer through the fall rescue planning process, including how to survive while suspended in a fall arrest harness after falling and until help arrives.

Accompanying materials assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Download MCAA’s Fall Prevention and Protection Safety Training Video & Materials

Video | Pocket Guide | Documentation Sheet | Test | Answer Key

Check Out All of MCAA’s Safety Resources

Learn more about safety and health in our industry and access safety-related resources in these locations:

If you have questions about any of these resources or MCAA’s Safety Excellence Initiative, contact Pete Chaney.

About Construction Safety Week

Construction Safety Week was started in 2014, when more than 40 national and global construction firms comprising the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) CEO Forum joined forces with a single aim: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety.

Celebrate Construction Safety Week With MCAA’s Ladder Safety Video & Materials

MCAA is celebrating Construction Safety Week May 3 – 7, 2021 by highlighting the resources you need to revisit best safe work practices on fall prevention and protection with your workers. Today we focus on MCAA’s Ladder Safety Worker Training Video and its accompanying materials.

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

Accompanying materials assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Download MCAA’s Ladder Safety Training Video & Materials

Video | Pocket Guide | Documentation Sheet | Test | Answer Key

Check Out All of MCAA’s Safety Resources

Learn more about safety and health in our industry and access safety-related resources in these locations:

If you have questions about any of these resources or MCAA’s Safety Excellence Initiative, contact Pete Chaney.

About Construction Safety Week

Construction Safety Week was started in 2014, when more than 40 national and global construction firms comprising the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) CEO Forum joined forces with a single aim: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety.

Southwest Town Mechanical Earns Top MCAA/CNA Safety Award

Southwest Town Mechanical was recently recognized as the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards winner for 2020 in Size Category 1, Zero – 100,000 Work Hours. Southwest Town Mechanical’s aggressive approach to solving COVID-19 related issues, such as lack of available PPE and sanitizing chemicals, set the company apart.

For example, Southwest Town Mechanical sought the services of a local distillery to solve the hand sanitizer shortage, hired a local seamstress to make cloth face coverings for every worker, and established a system of trade with other local contractors who had surplus items necessary for worker protection from the virus.

The MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program began in the 1990s when MCAA partnered with CNA Insurance. It is a fiercely competitive program in which only the best of the best compete for the awards.

Participants are required to describe their safety programs in detail, including how they achieved safety excellence and why they believe they deserve the award. The Safety Awards Selection Taskforce, which is led by CNA, carefully evaluates each submission looking for safety leadership, an advanced safety culture, effective leading indicators of safety performance, and innovative safety initiatives that helped the company achieve an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence.

MCAA and CNA congratulate Southwest Town Mechanical for achieving such a high degree of safety excellence in 2020.

Adverse Reactions to Employer Mandated COVID-19 Vaccines Are OSHA Recordable Cases

If your company is requiring its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 it runs the risk of acquiring recordable illness cases. Recent revisions to OSHA’s frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic indicates that OSHA considers employees’ negative reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines to be “work-related” and therefore, subject to recordkeeping and reporting mandates when an employer “requires” the vaccination. The question and answer from the updated FAQs follows.

If I require my employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of their employment, are adverse reactions to the vaccine recordable? If you require your employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment (i.e., for work-related reasons), then any adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is work-related. The adverse reaction is recordable if it is a new case under 29 CFR 1904.6 and meets one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7.

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Mall City Mechanical Earns Top MCAA/CNA Safety Award

Mall City Mechanical was recently recognized as the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Award winner for 2020 in Size Category 3, 250,001 – 450,000 Work Hours. Mall City Mechanical developed and implemented a successful Safety Competent Person Training Program, which set the company apart.

The training program qualified a person on every company jobsite to maintain appropriate safety awareness and hazard prevention practices. Among other subjects, the Safety Competent Person is trained on silica awareness, ladder safety, fire safety, lockout/tagout, fall protection, and aerial lift safety. In addition to ensuring jobsite safety, the program has allowed the company’s Safety Manager to spend more time on other pressing mechanical industry safety and health issues.

The MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program began in the 1990s when MCAA partnered with CNA Insurance. It is a fiercely competitive program in which only the best of the best compete for the awards.

Participants are required to describe their safety programs in detail, including how they achieved safety excellence and why they believe they deserve the award. The Safety Awards Selection Taskforce, which is led by CNA, carefully evaluates each submission looking for safety leadership, an advanced safety culture, effective leading indicators of safety performance, and innovative safety initiatives that helped the company achieve an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence. MCAA and CNA congratulate Mall City Mechanical for achieving such a high degree of safety excellence in 2020.

icon Mechanical Earns Top MCAA/CNA Safety Award

icon Mechanical was recently recognized as the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards winner for 2020 in Size Category 4, 450,001 – 1 Million Work Hours. icon Mechanical’s successful COVID-19 safety initiative set the company apart.

icon Mechanical went well above and beyond CDC recommendations to contractors to keep their workers safe. The company installed Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) systems in all company buildings. These systems use needlepoint bipolar ionization technology to help purify and sanitize the air.

The company rewarded employees for identifying potential gaps in the company’s COVID-19 precautions and for helping to identify solutions to remedy these gaps. Each worker was provided with foam-lined safety glasses that do not fog up when worn with face coverings for protection from the virus.

The MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program began in the 1990s when MCAA partnered with CNA Insurance. It is a fiercely competitive program in which only the best of the best compete for the awards.

Participants are required to describe their safety programs in detail, including how they achieved safety excellence and why they believe they deserve the award. The Safety Awards Selection Taskforce, which is led by CNA, carefully evaluates each submission looking for safety leadership, an advanced safety culture, effective leading indicators of safety performance, and innovative safety initiatives that helped the company achieve an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence. MCAA and CNA congratulate icon Mechanical for earning such a high degree of safety excellence in 2020.

CDC Alters Guidelines on Facility Cleaning & Disinfection for COVID-19

The CDC has revised its guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The virus that causes COVID-19 can land on surfaces, and it’s possible for people to become infected if they touch those surfaces and then touch their nose, mouth, or eyes. However, it has been determined that the risk of infection from touching a surface is low. The CDC now believes that the most reliable way to prevent infection is to regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizers. When there have been no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in a given space, cleaning only once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove the virus from surfaces in the space.

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