April 2019 Newsletter

Temporary structure, permanent safety

Help keep employees safe during all stages of scaffolding work On a November day in 1994, a 60-year-old painter foreman with 20 years of experience was standing more than 35 feet above the ground on a scaffold, working on the window frames and roof eaves of a church in Tennessee….

Trenching and excavation safety

Proper protective systems, competent person key to incident prevention George Kennedy can recall multiple incidents involving unprotected workers and trench cave-ins. Unfortunately, some of those stories have tragic endings. One worker was killed in a collapse after removing a trench shield to retrieve a shovel. Another worker died after returning…

Training Improves Hazard Recognition by Workers

Workers who are trained on the concept of “visual literacy” are able to spot workplace hazards that might go unnoticed, according to a study by The Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council. Visual literacy is the ability to recognize and understand ideas conveyed through visible actions or images. The…

HAZWOPER Train-the-Trainer

This past week, students from across the country traveled to Wilmington, NC to complete a challenging and exciting HAZWOPER 40-Hour Train-the-Trainer course. The state-of-the-art course covers, in detail, the regulatory and training requirements of the Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Standard and provides an interactive practical exercise that is…

DOT HAZMAT Specialist

Daily, there are more than 800,000 hazmat shipments made across the United States! It’s no surprise that with such a large amount of shipments comes a burdensome list of DOT regulations to follow. If you are involved in the transportation of hazardous materials and need to know how to apply…

Update training on OSHA’s new fall protection rules

Focus on walking surfaces and fixed ladders Experienced employers — from industrial safety managers to construction supervisors — keep a close eye on measures for worker fall protection. Failures in this category have led OSHA’s annual list of top 10 most-cited violations for most of the past decade. Falling from…