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Arlington, VA — Spurred by numerous fatalities related to the hazards of working near belt conveyors, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert.

Published on Sept. 3, the alert states that eight fatalities involving belt conveyors have occurred in the industry since Jan. 26, 2017. Six involved miners working near a moving conveyor, and two occurred during maintenance on an idle conveyor.

“All of these fatalities could have been prevented with proper lockout/tagout and blocking against motion before working,” the alert states.




MSHA details the most recent incident, which occurred in December and remains under investigation. A miner was fatally injured after removing a splice pin from a mainline conveyor that was caught between the belt and frame of the belt tailpiece.

The agency lists multiple best practices for working safely near belt conveyors, including:

● Identify, isolate and control stored mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and gravitational energy.
● Effectively block the belt conveyor to prevent movement in either direction.
● Relieve belt tension by releasing energy at the takeup/belt storage system. Remember: Some tensile energy might still exist.
● Position belt splice in an area of safe access to avoid pinch points.
● Deenergize electrical power, and lock and tag the main disconnect before beginning maintenance. Permit only the person who installed a lock and tag to remove them – and only after completing the work.
● Never lock out start and stop controls or belt switches, as they don’t disconnect power conductors.



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https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/20283-working-near-belt-conveyors-recent-deaths-spur-msha-safety-alert
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Respiratory protection programs all share one fundamental goal: to protect workers from harmful atmospheres as part of a hierarchy of controls within their workplace. But attaining that goal involves a lot of steps. For instance, there are federal regulations, and often additional state and industry standards, that you have to be in compliance with. There are various types of respirators for different industries and situations. And it’s also important to understand the need for respirators, how they work, and what their limitations are.




There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), but how do you know which one is best suited for your unique environment and your workers’ needs? That’s where this e-book comes in. We’ll walk you through how to pick the right SCBA, and provide you with a starting point for comparing different options, since there’s no “one size fits all” choice.

This e-book will also help guide you through a look at the seven key elements of a sound respiratory protection program. We’ll examine OSHA’s latest respiratory fit testing protocols. And this e-book also includes a seven-step illustrated guide to donning a half-mask respirator.


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https://www.ehstoday.com/safety/whitepaper/21140121/respiratory-protection-for-todays-needs
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It’s no surprise that safety is top of mind for every worker on every job site. And yet, falls from elevation are still happening. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from elevation continue to be the leading cause of death for construction employees.1

So, for the seventh year, OSHA is again sponsoring National Safety Stand-Down. This voluntary event, being held September 14-18, 2020, is designed to raise fall hazard awareness in order to stop fall fatalities and injuries. National Safety Stand-Down is also your opportunity to “walk the talk.”

Here are 5 things you can do during National Safety Stand-Down to show workers how much safety matters.

1: Get Real. Acknowledge the elephant in the room.Talking about safety can feel like somebody is reading from a book but never turns the page. Explain why you talk about safety so much. Share the hard truth and fast facts about fatalities. In addition, give some context by focusing on real-world situations. Tap into safety near-misses you yourself have experienced. Use the day-to-day challenges your workers face on the job site to make safety more personal.




2: Have a Conversation. Approach every safety talk as a dialogue. Ask open-ended questions like, “How would you feel if ...” or “Please describe a time when ...” These questions can help workers make a connection between the statistical facts of falls and the reality of how it affects real life. Let employees share, too. Remember, feedback is a powerful tool, and may lead to new ideas or changes in your safety plan and policies.

3: Be Creative. Keep in mind that people have different ways of listening and learning. Find new ways to present safety information. A short video vignette or a highly visual info-graphic, for example, can help capture attention or offer a different point of view. Get your personal protective equipment (PPE) out, too, remind everyone of proper use techniques.
4: Encourage Participation. Ask employees to strut their safety stuff. Have them walk everyone through your safety procedures and protocols, or give a demonstration. For example, have workers go through a 5-point harness inspection that includes looking at labels, load indicators, webbing, hardware, and stitching. Even better? Do some side-by-side challenges and see who can do it in under 2 minutes. For many, hands-on training and peer-to-peer competition can have more impact than employer-to-employee training.

5: Get Free Resources. Like you, we’re on mission to protect the health and safety of workers, helping ensure their safe return home at the end of each workday. In fact, it’s why we’re called The Safety Company. So, we’ve put together a couple of complimentary resources to help with your Safety Stand-Down participation

Final Thoughts. Construction falls and safety mistakes are costly in terms of lives, time, and money. National Safety Stand-Down Day is your opportunity to, once again, put safety front and center, and to have a conversation with your employees about the hazards they face and what you’re doing to protect them. #StandDown4Safety



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https://www.ishn.com/articles/112658-are-you-ready-for-national-safety-stand-down
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Summer may be officially over, but for many of us, the heat’s still on! In fact, just this July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a La Niña Watch.1 That means it’s likely that much of the country may see above average or significantly above average temperatures well into fall. And whether your team is toiling in the outdoor heat or inside a hot facility, it’s better for your workers and better for your production to help everyone stay cool.

Cooler workers are more productive


It’s no secret that high temperatures can make people feel sluggish and less able to work efficiently. But recent research has documented exactly how much heat affects production. A 2014 study at the University of California at Berkeley found that hot environments can decrease productivity by up to 24%. Add in the cumulative effects of one hot day after another, and you could be getting significantly less done on the job site than you expected. Overheating can even affect how well we think, as one group of researchers2 found that college students taking a math test on a 90 degree day had an 11% lower likelihood of passing compared to students taking the same test on a 72 degree day. This is bad news for dangerous jobs that require people to think through risks and safety protocols when it may easily be 90 degrees or hotter!




Keeping workers hydrated on hot days can help the situation, as can frequent breaks and heat acclimation.3 But these measures alone are no guarantee of protection from heat illness or of good productivity. So what’s a safety manager to do to keep employees safe and productive? Key factors include providing PPE that releases heat and materials that apply cold.

Cut-resistant PPE


Generally speaking, PPE made with lighter materials is going to be cooler. But light material hasn’t always provided the protection you need for the job. Fortunately, recent advances in material construction and technology have created gloves and sleeves with higher cut levels that are so light, some safety managers have worried that their people won’t believe they’ll be protected.

How does it work? New yarn cores that are lighter than the traditional steel, fiberglass, and basalt are providing cut resistance up to ANSI Cut Level A6 with higher levels on the way. For extreme cut resistance needs in industries like glass and metal manufacturing, new yarn wrapping technology provides cut resistance up to A9 in a fabric that’s lighter than ever before.

Coreless yarn with technology that actually makes gloves and sleeves that feel cool to the touch is also available in cut levels as high as A4. This new technology provides an additional benefit for workers who are prone to contact dermatitis — an irritating skin condition that’s sometimes triggered by breakage in yarn core fibers.

Better airflow


For jobs that require heavier PPE like clothing to shield workers from flame or arc flash hazards, you can help to release heat using vented coveralls with knit panels strategically placed at the back, the underarms, and down the insides of the legs to help reduce the wearer’s core temperature. For more intense exposure like forge work that involves sparks or radiant heat, you can try single-sided cooling. This might include welding jackets with protective fronts and sleeves and a mesh back, or aluminized chaps that protect the front of the lower body but allow the backs of the legs to breathe.

Cooler impact protection


By its nature, impact protection tends to be thick and heavy, making it difficult to create gloves and sleeves that help workers stay cool. Older glove designs featured a thick polymer slab of TPR that covered the entire back of the hand, trapping heat and moisture. Newer designs provide flex points and venting systems that still protect the hands without covering the entire glove surface. These systems allow moisture and heat to escape, keeping hands and arms cooler.

For lighter duty jobs like maintenance, light construction, or I&E that involve the risk of minor cuts or bumps to the hand, the very newest designs in impact-resistant PPE provide a nice middle ground in protection. These new gloves and sleeves include a much lighter layer of TPR that provides just enough protection without the bulk that can make other impact gloves less comfortable.

Body-cooling PPE


When you’re working in an especially hot environment, simply minimizing heat and moisture caused by PPE may not be enough to avoid the risk of heat illness. In these cases, you may need to actively cool people down by adding body cooling PPE. New technologies in cooling fabrics have changed the game in body cooling, bringing about a new era in preventing industrial heat illness.

Whereas old materials started out cool, but petered out in well under a half hour, new materials cool down to 30 degrees below normal body temperature and remain cool for as long as two full hours. They accomplish this through new fabric weave technology that harnesses the power of evaporation rather than using chemical coatings that can feel slimy to the touch. The refreshing and energizing power of these cooling fabrics can’t be overstated, and best of all, they can be activated with any temperature of water and reactivated again and again through the day.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember when trying to protect workers in the heat is that there’s no one magic bullet. Heat illness is one hundred percent preventable, but the secret is to attack the problem on multiple levels — hydration, heat acclimation, finding the lightest PPE technologies, body cooling, and properly training your workers to recognize the signs of heat illness. As technologies improve and industries pay more attention to heat safety, be sure your workers aren’t being left behind. Choose the latest and greatest in PPE design and technology to keep them cool, comfortable, and safe from heat illness.



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https://www.ishn.com/articles/112659-ppe-designed-to-help-workers-stay-productive-year-round
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The oil industry has always been one which, to put it mildly, has been prone to risks and hazards. Even the most cursory of online searches will reveal countless industry disasters and sobering statistics. Whether it be onshore or offshore, oil production traditionally has been fraught with danger.

Over the past decade or so, however, things have begun to change. More stringent regulations have been introduced, more accountable and transparent legal frameworks have been put in place, and significant technological advancements have been made. All of which sees the industry in the safest position it’s ever been.

There’s no room for complacency, however. After all, the Deep-water Horizon disaster was only 10 years ago and while annual fatalities are indeed showing a downward trend, those are lives lost, not just some statistics. With that in mind, let’s look at how the industry is making proactive steps towards a safer future.

1. Drones


One of the greatest additions made to the oil industry over the past few years has been the advancement and implementation of drone technologies. Whether fixed-wing or rotary-based, these now relatively commonplace aerial vehicles have a wide range of applications within the sector. From surveillance through to routine inspection work, their efficacy is perhaps most demonstrable in terms of safety improvements.

Their benefits in this regard are two-fold. First, they’re used for the predictive maintenance of critical rig infrastructure, meaning that problems can be spotted before they become problems. This invariably helps the development of various hazards, from explosion risks to general machinery wear and tear (which, if left unchecked, can lead to serious personal injury).




Second, they’re being used for the more dangerous inspection processes: the examination of flare towers, for instance, or confined storage spaces. These highly versatile drones can be fitted with a whole host of different sensors (including ultrasonic, thermal and LiDar, as well as high-resolution photographic cameras), meaning that the “picture” they paint is as comprehensive, if not more so, than that which a manual inspection could provide, with the added benefit of not having to put workers in potentially hazardous situations.

2. Education


While perhaps not as eye-catching as state-of-the-art drone technology, there’s no getting around the fact that better industry education can (and does) save lives within the sector. This means education across all facets of the industry—from extraction through to logistics and delivery.

Let’s first look at the dangers posed by driving fatigued. Drivers transporting oil must cover huge stretches of terrain on a regular basis, expanses of road which may offer little variety, and be quiet for long periods. The monotony of such drives (when paired with the objectively large distances) places drivers at real risk of falling asleep at the wheel. If not that, then they certainly run the risk of having their awareness/judgment impaired by their weariness.

Better education is one of the best ways in which drivers may be better protected against the dangers of driving tired. Even a basic awareness of the importance of adequate rest (and the risks associated with a lack thereof) can have a big positive impact, whether it be full-blown training courses, fact sheets or something in between.

Moreover, the better-informed industry workers are, the less likely they are to cut corners. Traditionally, the oil sector was one in which workers played somewhat fast and loose when it came to rules and regulations. It is perhaps unsurprising, therefore, that over the years the industry has had as tumultuous a relationship with safety as it has.

3. The Internet of Things and GPS


The oil industry can be a lonely place at times, one in which working remotely, and alone, is by no means uncommon. Should lone workers have an accident while they’re working on a pump jack, let’s say, then there’s every chance nobody would know about it; at its worst, this can lead to fatalities. Recently, the have been large advances in the Internet of Things (IoT)—a term used to describe not just the internet, but anything that could conceivably connect with it: wearable tech and smart home sensors, for instance, but also connecting entire environments and large-scale processes.

What this means for the oil industry, from a safety perspective, is that near real-time GPS data is now becoming a reality. And what that means is that accurate data pertaining to a lone worker’s positioning is much more readily available, and much more accurate. Not only that, but other data can be communicated to a worker’s safety manager, such as physiological metrics; for example, their heart-rate being detected by a smartwatch. So, should anything go wrong, or seem out of the ordinary, the worker can be reached as quickly and accurately as possible. So, though these remote workers may often be in pretty much as isolated a location as is possible, they’re now arguably more connected than ever before.

4. PPE and Testing Equipment


Recent events have brought the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) into a keener focus. However, PPE serves a wider purpose than solely in the protection against global viruses (crucial though that is). The oil industry employs a plethora of different protective equipment to better protect its workers, ranging from the basic ear and eye protection, to more heavy-duty flame-resistant clothing.

A particular industry hazard is the threat posed by hydrogen sulfide. This highly toxic, fast-acting gas can cause symptoms ranging from headaches and nausea, all the way through to death upon high levels of exposure. To combat this, many rig and well workers are given, and trained on the use of, portable hydrogen sulfide monitors, so that they can regularly test the gas level.

5. Robotics


Undisputedly the coolest of the lot, developments in the field of robotics has seen it progressively make more of a mark within the industry, over the past decade or so. You need only look at the ARGOS Challenge, run by Total S.A. between 2013 and 2017, to see how excited leading industry players are by these machines. The potential applications of robotics brought to light by the ARGOS (which stands for Autonomous Robot for Oil and Gas Sites) challenge are manifold.

Particular interest is being paid to how robotics may improve standards of industry health and safety, both onshore and offshore. Robots such as the ARGOS, and more recent counterparts such as the ANYmal, have been designed to work in harsh and severe environments, as well as potentially explosive environments. It’s been programmed to carry out inspection tasks (in a similar way to drones).

It’s clear, then, that improvements are indeed being made. Encouraging though this may be, the one thing the industry cannot do is rest on its laurels. Until there are consistently no deaths, year-on-year, then the oil industry has significant work to do. Whether this be in terms of technology, education or more rigorous legislation, there’s always room for innovation when it comes to protecting people. While danger will never entirely be mitigated from the industry—as there’s always going to be an element of risk when working with heavy machinery—it can be removed as much as possible.


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https://www.ehstoday.com/safety-technology/article/21140666/five-ways-hazards-are-being-combated-in-the-oil-gas-industry
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COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (“WHO”) on March 11, 2020. Many Canadian provinces, including Ontario, declared a state of emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”) on March 17, 2020. The federal government did not invoke its emergency management legislation. The COVID-19 pandemic has been highly disruptive of socio-economic activity in Canada, and around the world. This has given rise to governance and leadership challenges, and decisions regarding the state of the workplace, and exposure to workers, as well as clients/customers/patients in many businesses, workplaces and organizations across Canada. COVID-19 has also raised a number of questions about emergency preparedness, business continuity, and pandemic planning by governance experts and Boards of Directors (“Board(s)”) of public and private corporations and organizations.

Construction companies have a number of risks associated with COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has also taken a toll on the provincial and federal economies and the gross domestic product. Canada is now and for the foreseeable future resulted in an economic recession. The pandemic has been, and continues to be a difficult challenge for public health, political and policy decision makers as well as the Boards of organizations.




A central concern for many Boards and Chief Executive Officers (“CEOs”) has been the risk of potential legal liability for their organizations, individuals and them personally. This article will focus on the latter and, in particular, the legal exposure of Directors and Officers (“”D&O”) to personal legal liability arising from an employee or worker (“worker”), customer, client or patient (“3rd Parties”) from becoming infected by COVID-19 arising out of or in the course of employment and in connection with the business or the workplace.

This article will deal with three specific areas of potential legal liability of D&O; civil, regulatory, and criminal liability. The first is primarily based on the standard of care for D&Os set and enforced by Canadian courts in civil actions; the second is based on the standards set by public and occupational health and safety statutes for D&Os; third, and lastly, is the criminal law standards, set under the Westray Bill amendments to the Criminal Code (known as the “Westray Bill”). Finally, the article will provide some guidance on legal risk mitigation for D&Os.

Civil Liability


Civil liability in Anglo-Canadian law is based on the legal theories of contract, tort and other equitable remedies. The primary risk for D&O related to COVID-19 exposure in the workplace is on the unintentional tort of negligence. A civil claim for negligence must establish a duty, breach of duty and damages. There is a general legal duty of care on organizations and their D&Os to provide a safe workplace for workers and 3rd Parties.

Organizations and D&O have these obligations under common law negligence duty of care, jurisprudence, public and occupational health & safety statutes and regulations. The latter generally focuses on worker safety, but by implication also applies to 3rd Parties who have visited or have other contact with the workplace.

In the SARS epidemic of 2003, nurses in Ontario treating patients with SARS became infected and died. 53 nurses and their families commenced a class action against the Province of Ontario, and other provincial governmental bodies and officials, alleging a breach of a legal duty of care owed to those nurses. In subsequent litigation challenging the legality of the class action, the Court of Appeal for Ontario held in Abarquez v. Ontario1 that there was no relationship of proximity between them and the residents of Ontario sufficient to give rise to a private legal duty of care that may result in a negligence civil action.

To succeed in a civil action there must be clear, convincing and compelling evidence, on a balance of probabilities, to support the claim for damages against D&O for a worker or a 3rd Party to allege that they have been infected and suffered harm and loss from a COVID-19 exposure arising out of or at the business location for which the D&O have a duty of care.

Civil liability related to workers who suffer injury, illness or death arising out of or in the course of employment from COVID-19 is governed by either workers’ compensation legislation or the civil court system. The former provides workplace health & safety insurance for the vast majority of workers in Canada Such legislation provides a bar to civil lawsuits against employers and D&Os. The latter gives a minority of workers and most 3rd Parties the right to sue in court on the basis of the tort law theory.

In Ontario, for example, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (“WSIA”)2, provides for a no-fault system of compensation for workers, and their dependents for an accident, injury, and illness arising out of and in the course of employment. This applies to an exposure to COVID-19 that gives rise to an occupational illness or death. The historic trade off in workers’ compensation legislation in Canada, and around the world, is that the worker and their dependents gave up their right to commencing a civil action against the employer and co-employees in exchange for prescribed compensation of “no-fault” benefits. Therefore, where workers’ compensation legislation applies there is no right to sue an employer or D&Os arising out a worker contracting COVID-19 in the workplace.3

The other legal risk for D&O exposure to COVID-19 civil liability lies with workers and workplaces not covered by workers’ compensation legislation and non-worker 3rd Parties. When a customer, client, or patient is infected by the COVID-19 virus as a result of exposure to the business/workplace, it may be argued that D&Os breached their duty of care towards such workers and 3rd Parties by failing to follow public or occupational health and safety legislation, regulations or standards related to COVID-19 risk management. Whether the workplace is a retail grocery store, a hospital, or golf course, such risk of legal exposure exists for D&Os.

When determining whether or not the D&Os have satisfied their duty of care, the Supreme Court has said that perfection is not demanded of D&Os. The Court said it will not consider that directors and officers have breached their duty of care if they acted prudently and on a reasonably informed basis. If the decisions taken are reasonable business decisions in light of what they knew or ought to have known, then the “business judgment rule” answer and defence may be invoked and the courts will not be expected to intervene.4

A risk mitigation answer for D&O legal risk in this regard relating to 3rd Party claims for COVID-19 illness is corporate and D&O insurance. Insurance will normally cover such exposure to allegations that D&Os have failed to meet a generally accepted standard of care in dealing with infectious disease during a pandemic other public health guidance has been followed, and whether an OHS contravention has taken place amounting to a potential statutory tort. All of these risk factors are very case specific. However, insurance may be obtained, and should be reviewed, to determine the coverage and protection of D&Os from third party claims arising from civil actions.



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https://www.thesafetymag.com/ca/news/opinion/construction-director-and-officer-liability-from-covid-19-workplace-exposure/231952
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In a Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) study, 72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. Scaffolds are integral to the construction industry with approximately 65% of the workforce involved in work from scaffolds. When used properly, scaffolds can save significant time and money. Though they are convenient and necessary, there are four major hazards associated with worker injuries that everyone needs to be aware for proper scaffold safety.

4 Major Hazards: Scaffold Safety


1. Falls

Falls are attributed to the lack of guardrails, improper installation of guardrails and failure to use personal fall arrest systems when required. The OSHA standard requires fall protection must be used when work heights reach 10’ or more. OSHA’s standards represent the minimum level of protection; many general contractors require 100% fall protection at 6’ or greater when working on scaffolds. These contractors are increasing safety margins by exceeding the minimum requirements of the OSHA standards.

Lack of proper access to the scaffold work platform is an additional reason for falls from scaffolds. Access in the form of a secured ladder, stair tower, ramp, etc. is required whenever there is 24” vertical change to an upper or lower level. The means of access must be determined before erection of the scaffold and employees are never allowed to climb on cross braces for either vertical or horizontal movement.

2. Scaffold collapse

The proper erection of a scaffold is essential in preventing this particular hazard. Before erecting the scaffold, a number of factors must be accounted for. The amount of weight the scaffold will be required to hold including the weight of the scaffold itself, materials, and workers must be considered. Foundation stability, placement of scaffold planks, distance from the scaffold to the work surface, and tie-in requirements are just a few of the other items that must be considered prior to building a scaffold.




Scaffold Competent Person

A knowledgeable individual who can perform preplanning will reduce the chances of injury and save money for any task. However, when building, moving, or dismantling a scaffold, a knowledgeable person, also known as the scaffold competent person, must be present. A competent person must also inspect the scaffold daily to ensure the structure remains in a safe condition. Improper construction can lead to a total collapse of the scaffold or falling components – both of which can be fatal.

3. Struck by falling materials

Workers on scaffolds are not the only ones exposed to scaffold related hazards. Many individuals have been injured or killed due to being struck by materials or tools that have fallen from scaffold platforms. These people must be protected from falling objects. OSHA requires that this is done one of two ways. The first is to install toe boards or netting on work platforms to prevent these items from falling to the ground or lower level work areas. The other option is to erect barricades that physically prevent individuals from walking under work platforms.

Caution or Danger tape is often used in an attempt to keep people away from overhead hazards but is often disregarded or taken down creating possible struck by hazards. A more robust system such as plastic mesh or wooden barricades is generally more effective and much easier to maintain. When members of the public could potentially move close enough to be struck by falling objects, creating barriers to prevent them from entering the area where objects can fall is a recognized best practice. Regardless of the type of falling object protection used, it is crucial that other individuals on the work site are aware of the overhead work.

4. Electrocution

Once again we look to preplanning and the competent person to assure there are no electrical hazards present during scaffold use. A minimum of 10’ must be maintained between the scaffold and electrical hazards. If this distance cannot be maintained, then the hazard must be de-energized or properly insulated by the power company. Coordination between the power company and the company erecting / using the scaffold cannot be over stated.

Lastly, all employees who work on scaffolds must have documented training. The training topics must include identification and prevention of fall hazards, falling tools and materials hazards, and knowledge of electrical hazards.

Key Takeaways:

● Fall protection is required when work heights reach 10 feet or more.
● Provide proper access to the scaffold and never allow employees to climb on cross braces for horizontal or vertical movement.
● The scaffold competent person must be present when building, moving or dismantling the scaffold and must inspect it daily.
● Erect barricades to prevent individuals from walking under work platforms and place signs to warn those close by of the possible hazards.
● Maintain a minimum of 10 feet between the scaffold and any electrical hazard.
● Ensure all employees working on scaffolding have had proper training.
● Scaffold safety starts from the ground up. Only safe work conditions and actions will prevent unnecessary injuries when working on these ever changing structures.


SOURCE:

https://www.optimumsafetymanagement.com/blog/scaffold-safety-4-common-hazards/
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On August 18, the National Safety Council (NSC) predicted that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may become the third leading cause of death in the United States for 2020, behind only heart disease and cancer. In 2018, the most recent year of final fatality data, the third leading cause of death was preventable deaths from drug overdoses, motor vehicle crashes, and falls.

The number of deaths from COVID-19 this year already has surpassed the number of preventable deaths in calendar year 2018. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. COVID-19 currently is widespread in most U.S. communities and considered a workplace hazard.

The number of deaths in the U.S. from confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 now exceeds 170,000. There were 167,127 deaths from preventable causes in 2018.

An indirect consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic may be increases in opioid overdoses and the rate of motor vehicle fatality, according to the NSC. The American Medical Association has reported increases in opioid-related mortality in more than 40 states during the COVID-19 pandemic.




Overdose deaths already were increasing. The NSC noted that preliminary data out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that overdose deaths set records in 2019, rising by 4.8% to a total of 70,980, with 50,042 of those deaths due to opioid overdoses.

Despite a decrease in driving during the pandemic and an 8% decrease in deaths from motor vehicle crashes, the mileage death rate per 100 million vehicle miles driven for May 2020 was 1.47 compared with 1.19 in 2019, according to the NSC.

The NSC reiterated its position that employers reopening their facilities mustensure their employees are returning safely. The NSC established a reopening framework based on recommendations of its Safe Actions for Employee Returns (SAFER) task force, a group that included the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).

The NSC’s recommendations for employers included screening employees for symptoms at the start of work shifts, testing for COVID-19 infections, and cooperating with public health authorities performing contact tracing. The group even suggested that employers encourage their employees to use contact tracing apps like COVID-19 Watch, CoEpi, and Private Kit: Safe Paths on their mobile devices.

Employers should be especially mindful of risks to older employees and employees with chronic health conditions, who may have severe illnesses due to COVID-19 infection, the NSC said. The group also warned employers they may need to adapt to future restrictions, including cities, counties, and states that reimpose stay-at-home orders or issue other restrictions on operations if the spread of COVID-19 remains uncontrolled.

The NSC also urged states’ governors to develop consistent testing and contact tracing protocols. A letter from the NSC and a coalition that included several state safety councils called on the governors of all 50 states to make effective testing and contact tracing protocols a top focus as state stay-at-home orders expire and workplaces reopen. The NSC emphasized the importance of testing and contact tracing because 80% of individuals infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.


SOURCE:

https://safety.blr.com/workplace-safety-news/employee-health/employee-health/NSC-COVID-19-may-become-third-leading-cause-of-dea/
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An up-to-date research has been disclosed by Questale highlighting the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Mask segment. The report deep dives into the dynamics of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Mask providing useful and unique insights. The information is shared in a precise and structured manner, giving executives and leaders an accurate picture of the upcoming market movement. The document utilizes a number of monographs, pie charts and bar-graphs to provide data which can be used to derive the latest trends in the industry. The report is also divided according to usage wherever applicable, including (but not limited to) FnB, FMCG, Minerals, Electronics, Pharma, Polymers etc. All these details are available for all major countries and associations – APCA, EMEA, United States. Other locations can be included in the report on demand.

The document includes present industry magnitude of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Mask and the movement since past 5-10 years. Moreover, the list of major companies/competitors is also present including 3M , Honeywell , Kimberly-clark . The competition data allows users to gauge their current position against the market and take corrective measures to increase or maintain their share holds. Furthermore, details regarding the supply chain, manufacturers, distributors are also included in the report.

Research Focused on EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Mask Market Report 2018


The document contains a comprehensive description of all the firms in question. The necessary details for the companies in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Mask , such as revenue, % share, supplier information, images of products are provided as well. Some of the known key players in the market are 3M , Honeywell , Kimberly-clark . It is expected that the industry will continue to develop in a swift manner with new competition trying to capture the share of the pie. Given the industry regulations, international government policies, state-of-the-art innovations – the competition would be fierce for all the participants.

The fragmentation is provided on the basis of Mask with Exhalation Valve , Mask without Exhalation Valve , . Additionally, the application wise division provides the data according to Anticipated industry growth details are provided along with the CAGR where applicable.



The report also demonstrates region wise data for geographies like:

Key points of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Mask market report:


** Proper market environment investigation
** Concrete valuation market projection
** Multi-level Industry subdivision
** Upcoming technological advancements in market
** Evolving local segments and regional markets
** Past, current, and future magnitude of the market according to net worth and total capacity
** Market shares of key competitors
** Expert advice for executives to make an impact in the industry

Following queries are addressed in the document – EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Mask Market Report 2018


** What is the expected industry size of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Mask market in 2022?
** Expected rate of growth to reach the potential?
** What are the major market trends?
** Major drivers for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Mask market?
** Prominent distributors/suppliers in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Mask market?
** Upcoming challenges for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Mask market?


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