OSHA News & Safety Releases

  • Zorbit Energy Absorber Safety Alert

    "Attached is a safety alert on a Zorbit Energy Absorber which is used in conjunction with horizontal lifeline systems. If you have and use this device please review the attached Alert and be guided accordingly".

     

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  • National Safety STAND-DOWN announced

    OSHA and other federal agencies announce the weeklong initiative to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction.

    MAY 2nd through MAY 6th, 2016 will be National Safety's STAND-DOWN Week. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for Employers to talk directly to employees about safety, focusing on Fall Hazards and reinforcing the importance of Fall Prevention.  This year's Goal is to reach 5 million workers.

    For more information on how to participate, click the link below:

    https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/index.html

    Contractors are asked to:

    • Plan a toolbox talk or other safety activity
    • Take a break to talk about how to prevent falls
    • Provide training for all workers
  • Volvo Truck Recall Notice

    The US Department of Transportation has announced a recall on certain Volvo Trucks manufactured between May 11, 2015 and March 8, 2016.  If these vehicles have not received the repair specified by Volvo, they are to be immediately removed from service.  Click the link below  for full details and contact information from the USDOT.

    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/out-of-service-order-volvo-trucks-safety-recall

  • OSHA New Directive for Demolition Activities

     

    MESSAGE FROM BOB CARROLL, OSHA/ Pittsburgh Office:

    Below is a link for OSHA’s New Directive for a Regional Emphasis Program for Demolition Activities.  The Directive just lists the Erie, Wilkes-Barre, and Allentown Area Offices.  This e-mail is to inform you that this Emphasis program is in effect in the Pittsburgh Area Office jurisdiction as well. 

    If you have any questions, just e-mail me (Carroll.Bob@dol.gov)  or call me at 412-395-4902.

     Click on the link below, or copy and paste it into your URL for full details.

    http://www.osha.gov/dep/leps/RegionIII/reg3_fy2016_demolition_2016-07.pdf

  • OSHA Interpretation regarding Crane & Derrick assembly/disassembly

    Regarding Standard 1926.1403-1926.1406

    This response was given on October 15, 2014

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  • It's the LAW! Poster unveiled

    To help ensure that workers have a "voice" in their workplaces and the protection they deserve, OSHA unveiled a new version of their "It's the Law" poster.  The Poster is uploaded here, and can be downloaded from our site, or directly from the OSHA site.  Please post these at your worksites, and be aware that legal size paper (8-1/2 x 14") is the smallest size approved for display.

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  • OSHA Recordkeeping Rule update that you need to know about!

    OSHA has updated the recordkeeping rule regarding reporting Fatalities and Severe injuries and has expanded the list of severe injuries that must be reported.

    The new reporting requirements go into effect on January 1, 2015 - so be sure your Project Managers, Field Supervisors and all Staff is aware of these changes.

    The OSHA Fact Sheet, with full details, is attached.  You may also want to visit the OSHA link for additional information, at: www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014

     

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  • OSHA Interpretation December 2013

    Fall Protection for walk/work along bridge decks with a 32 inch high barrier wall

    Based on a question asked by a contractor in Florida, OSHA responded to appropriate safety measures to protect workers along bridge decks.  

    Read the Q & A here.

  • A Temporary Enforcement Policy for Cranes & Derricks goes into effect on July 26, 2012.

    Full details are attached.

    https://www.osha.gov/cranes-derricks/ProximityAlarm_InsulatingLink.html

  • OSHA Clarification on double connections at beams not framing into columns

    http://www.iwea.org/download.php?t=document_repository&id=5

    OSHA RELEASE/ MARCH 2010
    Painting or placement of adhesive stckers on a protective helmet shell.

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  • CURRENT OSHA NEWS TRADE RELEASE

    Oct. 1, 2009
    Contact: Office of Communications
    Phone: 202-693-1999

    OSHA News Release - Table of Contents

    OSHA revises enforcement policies for fall protection during steel erection

    WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revised the steel erection compliance directive for the agency's Steel Erection Standard to change two enforcement policies related to tripping hazards and installation of nets or floors during steel erection.

    One of the revised policies addresses the standard's requirement that employers install a floor or net within two stories or 30 feet, whichever is less.

    The other policy states that employers must comply with the requirement that steel studs, known as shear connectors, be installed at the worksite. Shear connectors bind concrete to the steel.

    "Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers," said acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jordan Barab. "We are intent on reducing the number of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry and believe these policy revisions will help us attain that goal."

    Bureau of Labor Statistics 2007 data show that 1,204 fatalities occurred in the construction industry, 447 of which resulted from falls. The steel erection standard sets forth requirements to protect workers from the hazards associated with steel erection activities when constructing, altering, and repairing single and multi-story buildings, bridges, and other structures where steel erection occurs.

    Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA's role is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for America's men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, outreach and education. For additional information or more detail, please visit www.osha.gov.