OSHA just announced a new emphasis program in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi focused on reducing fatalities and serious injuries related to powered industrial trucks. Inspections primarily will focus on the training operators receive, maintenance and repair, and the pathways the trucks travel to ensure clear visibility and determine any possible struck-by hazards. The regional emphasis program began May 29 and will continue until Sept. 30, 2012 or later. Read more here.
NIOSH recently released a fact sheet detailing how to prevent worker deaths from trench cave-ins. NIOSH recommends engineering controls, protective equipment and safe work practices to minimize hazards for workers. Download the fact sheet here (pdf) or learn more about trenching and excavation safety on the NIOSH website.
June 23 Webinar Highlights NFPA 70E Changes
Significant changes are proposed in the 2012 edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, which will be issued by the NFPA® Standards Council in August 2011. Jerry Rivera, director of safety for the National Electrical Contractors Association, will highlight the changes in this webinar. Learn more and register here.
Preventing Construction Falls Webinar Planned for July 14
August is the month with the highest number of fall fatalities for residential construction, according to a 2004 study conducted for the National Association of Home Builders. A July 14 webinar and Q&A will discuss best practices and strategies for preventing falls in both commercial and residential construction. Learn more and register here.
Tips on Preparing for Hurricane Season
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) urges workplaces and communities to be prepared this hurricane season, which runs from June through November. Understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for business preparedness, ASSE is offering safety preparation tips, a disaster safety checklist and resources to assist businesses of all sizes before, during and after a disaster. Download the tip sheet and review other resources here.