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April 29, 2013

What's New at in April 2013

Once again, you'll find more than 200 new safety signs at this month. New selections include signs for offices, utility companies, trucks, gas stations, restrooms, restaurants and more. Here's a sample:

IT / Computer Security signs.
LED and glow-in-the-dark EXIT signs.

Recycling signs.

Utility Markers.

Buried Cable signs.

Gas Pump Emergency Shut Off signs.

Engine Braking signs.

Toilet Rules signs.

Food Storage signs.

Private Property signs.

3-point Contact signs for ladders and forklifts.

Crane Slings Aren't as Simple as They Seem

Crane Safety Sign
Cranes, winches and similar lifting devices are a common sight on construction sites and in industrial settings. But workers aren’t always fully aware of the hazards involved with the slings that allow cranes to lift and hold materials. There are many types of slings made from a variety of materials, because not every type or material is correct for every task or situation.

Choosing the wrong sling or using one incorrectly can result in damage to the load, stresses on the crane or winch or injuries to workers in the surrounding area. That’s why it’s important to choose the right type of sling and to follow safe operating procedures. It also explains why OSHA has established very specific rules about sling selection, inspection and use. The safety experts at Safety Management Group have prepared a helpful article that explains the basic concepts addressed in those rules. Read more about sling safety here, or browse Crane Safety signs and labels here.

Safety Tip: Working with Wet Concrete

Concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials, commonly found on both residential and commercial construction sites. But just because it's a common material doesn't mean it can be taken lightly.

Eye PPE Safety Signs
In fact, concrete can be hazardous in all forms: powder, liquid and solid. Wet cement (an ingredient in concrete) is caustic, abrasive and drying. Exposure to wet concrete can result in skin irritation or even first-, second- or third-degree chemical burns. Other common hazards include skin and eye irritation. Here's a collection of tips for safely working with wet concrete:
  • Wear appropriate PPE such as tall rubber boots, pants, waterproof gloves and long-sleeved shirts.
  • If concrete contacts your skin, immediately wash it off with clean water and replace any wet clothing or PPE.
  • Wear eye protection with side shields, or safety goggles. Eyes can be seriously injured by splashing concrete.
  • Ground all electric tools and use with care. Wet concrete can conduct electricity.
  • Be aware of pinch points when raising or lowering concrete chutes.
  • Protect your back. Place wet concrete via chute, wheelbarrow or pump, as close to the work area as possible. Concrete should be pushed, not lifted, into place.
  • Use waterproof knee pads or a dry board when kneeling to place or finish concrete.
 Wet Concrete First Aid: Customer Comments - April 2013

Here's what customers are saying this month:

Everything was easy to navigate, and prices were lower than all other sites I checked.
G.H., 25 Apr 2013

Very friendly staff was able to answer all my shipping and ADA questions.
Sharon B., 24 Apr 2013

I was provided with great customer service on the phone and they quickly responded to emails. They had all the signs we were looking for and the site is easy to navigate. Our order arrived quickly and was well packaged. All of the signs we ordered are made of great quality. Erica M. - DC, 23 Apr 2013

Was quick and easy to place an order. Would recommend to anyone. Saves a lot of time and gas running around looking for this sign.
Marjorie H., 23 Apr 2013

Easy to navigate, it only took a minute to find what I was looking for. Thank you!
Roxanne E. - OH, 22 Apr 2013

Sign was as expected. Quality was fine. Selection is huge. Packed well and shipped on time.
Paul L., 22 Apr 2013

Great products, easy website, reasonable prices.
Judy R. - AZ, 20 Apr 2013

April 15, 2013

Federal OSHA Investigates Indiana OSHA Quotas

Various news reports today show a Federal OSHA investigation of Indiana OSHA is now underway. IOSHA says the investigation is a result of complaints filed with federal labor regulators.

IOSHA recently made news by setting inspection quotas - requiring experienced inspectors to conduct 61 inspections annually and to complete those inspections within an average of 4.1 days. Reports say IOSHA’s new inspection quotas worry some agency employees, who say the new expectations will lead to artificially inflated inspection numbers and discourage involved investigations.

A report should be issued by the federal agency sometime next week.

April 3, 2013

OSHA Fines in March 2013 - Six 6-figure Fines for PPE

Hand PPE signs
A review of news releases posted at shows OSHA issued six 6-figure fines in March totaling nearly $1.3 million. PPE violations were a common theme, contributing to two-thirds of cases and $618,000 of these top fines. Here are some details of the cases, which are still pending final decisions:

1. $369,000 for Machine Guarding, Electrical, Lead violations:
  • Six repeat safety violations were cited for failing to mount and identify fire extinguishers, provide machine guarding, ensure safe work practices when exposed to electrical hazards, ground pins from electrical equipment, and train workers on recognizing electrical hazards. Two repeat health violations were cited for lead exposure
  • 18 serious violations were cited for lack of machine guarding; improper storage of acetylene and oxygen cylinders; electrical hazards; lack of load ratings on hook lifting devices; allowing operators to carry loads traveling over people creating a struck-by hazard; improper storage of respirators; failing to provide appropriate personal protective equipment and require its use; and keep the tables in the lunch room clean and free of lead accumulation.
2. $281,100 for Boiler violations resulting in 2 deaths: