OSHA issued a final rule that sets November 10, 2018, as the date employers in the construction industry must comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule became effective on November 9, 2017. After issuing the final cranes and derricks rule in August 2010, stakeholders expressed concerns regarding the rule’s certification requirements. In response, the agency published a separate final rule in September 2014, extending by three years the crane operator certification and competency requirements. The additional one-year extension provides more time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. Read the news release for more information.
Kidde is issuing a recall on over 37 million fire extinguishers. The recall includes plastic handle fire extinguishers: The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.
The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717. For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.
To see if you have a fire extinguisher affected by this recall, whether push button or plastic handle, download the PDF recall notices included below. If you have questions regarding the recall or want to find a replacement fire extinguisher, get in touch with Preferred Safety Products.
Motorists can make roads safer by practicing ‘Quick Clearance,’ ‘Move Over’
Monday, November 13, 2017 2:07 PM
PHOENIX – From minor incidents on high-volume freeways to serious collisions on lightly-traveled rural roads and everything in between, Traffic Incident Management keeps the traveling public moving and safe after incidents occur.
This week, the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Department of Public Safety join other states and municipalities across the country in recognizing Traffic Incident Management Awareness Week. Read more...
Officials of the National Mining Association (NMA), the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the U.S Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), joined together to honor top safety, environmental and technology leaders in the mining industry.
NMA’s Sentinels of Safety Award recognizes coal and mineral mining operations in 20 categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. A minimum of 4,000 hours is required for award consideration. The award categories reflect the safety accomplishments of both small and large mines. Read more...
Kidde Co., is recalling 134 models of plastic-handled fire extinguishers manufactured between 1973 and present day. This action is in concert with an alert from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Some extinguishers have been known not to work when needed, others to come apart under pressure - one death has been reported. Some were sold under Kidde's brand, some under the name of other retailers. Kidde will replace all defective models. Below is a link to the CPSC’s website page regarding this recall.
Mr. Dave Nelson, DSM, Meritor, Inc. will be presenting Air Brake Training seminars on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the ATA offices.
Whether you are a seasoned Technician, relatively new Technician, Shop Supervisor, Maintenance Manager, Safety Manager or someone looking to expand their knowledge of DOT brake requirements, this class if for you!
We are offering two (2) three hour classes - morning class is 8am to 11am and afternoon class is 1pm to 4pm.
A new guide is available to help administrators, instructors, and others involved in Career and Technical Education (CTE) incorporate safety and health into construction training programs. Each year, more than 75,000 students enter two-year postsecondary CTE programs that prepare new and young workers to enter careers in various fields. For more information, see Your Construction Safety Program: Safe Students, Safe Workers.
Safety News>ADOT seeks public input on options for US 60 bridge at Pinto Creek
Structure no longer meets minimum standards for bridges
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 3:54 PM
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking public input on options for the US 60 bridge over Pinto Creek, including the agency’s decision to pursue removing and replacing the structure.
Built in 1949, the 637-foot-long Pinto Creek Bridge, located east of the Valley between Superior and Miami, no longer meets minimum standards set by the Federal Highway Administration, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and ADOT’s bridge design guidelines. Though it continues to be safe for traffic, the structure is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.
In accordance with federal law governing proposed transportation projects involving sites with historic significance, ADOT is seeking public input on possible courses of action for the Pinto Creek Bridge. These are:
Building a new bridge and removing the existing bridge, the action that ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration have decided to pursue
Rehabilitating the existing bridge
Building a new bridge and rehabilitating the existing bridge
Taking no action
The Arizona Federal Highway Administration office has completed a report, Programmatic Section 4(f) Evaluation and Approval for FHWA Projects that Necessitate the Use of Historic Bridges, which is posted at azdot.gov/PintoCreekBridge. Comments can be submitted by email to PintoCreek@azdot.gov, by calling the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or by mail to:
ADOT Communications 1655 W. Jackson St., MD 126F Phoenix, AZ 85007
Comments must be received by Dec. 8 to be included in the official project record.
Safety News>The McCraren Compliance Team Supports Tucson Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis
Last Saturday, Tom Webb took steps to raise funds and awareness of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park in Tucson, AZ. All funds raised were donated to the organization to help find cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. To learn more and get involved, visit www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org.