OSHA Changes Enforcement Stance on Communication Towers
Thursday, 31 July 2014 15:04

"OSHA sent another strong signal July 24 that it is very concerned about communications tower workers' safety: The agency's Directorate of Construction issued a new directive giving enforcement guidance and procedures its compliance officers will use during inspections involving hazards associated with using a hoist to take employees to or from workstations on communication towers. The directive applies to all work activities on communication towers that involve the use of a personnel hoist, including tower maintenance work; it replaces a March 22, 2002, directive that addressed hoisting personnel only during new tower erection.

Five months ago, Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels expressed his concern in a video message that was shown during the National Association of Tower Erectors' annual convention. "We are very concerned about this sharp rise," he said then. "The fatality rate in this industry is extremely high – and tower workers have a risk of fatal injury perhaps 25 to 30 times higher than the risk for the average American worker. This is clearly unacceptable."

According to OSHA's July 24 news release, this industry experienced more on-the-job fatalities during 2013 than during the previous two years combined, and nine workers have died so far in 2014.

"This directive ensures that communication tower workers are protected regardless of the type of the work they are doing on communication towers," said Michaels. "Employers and cell tower owners and operators must make sure workers are properly trained and protected."

 

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OSHA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Sign Agreement
Thursday, 31 July 2014 15:01

"OSHA and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the coordination and cooperation between the agencies regarding the anti-retaliation provision of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act. The memorandum allows for the exchange of safety, coercion and retaliation allegations, when received by one agency, that fall under the authority of the other.

The STAA protects drivers and other individuals working for commercial motor carriers from retaliation for reporting or engaging in activities related to certain commercial motor vehicle safety, health or security conditions.

Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, said, “Commercial vehicle drivers who report injuries, hazards and illegal work practices should not fear retaliation for speaking out about unsafe work conditions. Through this agreement, we are sending a clear message that silencing workers who try to do the right thing is unacceptable for workers and also unsafe for the public.

Dr. Michaels went on to say that the partnership extends the inter-agency collaboration specifically to include the sharing of reports of alleged coercion, such as companies forcing or intimidating truck or bus drivers to violate federal safety regulations. Pressuring drivers to stay behind the wheel beyond their hours-of-service limits seriously jeopardizes the safety of every traveler on highways and roads."

 

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GM Expects to Pay $400 Million in Ignition Switch Claims
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:58

"General Motors reported its second quarter 2014 financial results July 24, including in them its estimate that the company will spend $400 million compensating customers who submit claims in connection with the multiple recalls associated with an ignition switch problem.

The company also said this estimate "contains significant uncertainty and it is possible the total cost could increase by approximately $0.2 billion."

GM reported it is changing how it estimates future recall expense and will now accrue at the time of vehicle sale an amount representing management's best estimate of future recall costs in North America. As a result, GM has taken a $900 million non-cash, pre-tax special charge in the second quarter for the estimated costs of future possible recalls for up to the next 10 years on 30 million GM vehicles now on the road.

Net revenue during the quarter was $39.6 billion, compared to $39.1 billion in the second quarter of 2013.

Adjusted quarterly earnings before interest and taxes were $1.4 billion after $1.2 billion in recall-related costs and $200 million in restructuring costs, GM reported.

"Our underlying business performance in the first half of the year was strong as we grew our revenue on improved pricing and solid new vehicle launches," GM CEO Mary Barra said. "We remain focused on keeping our customers at the center of all we do and executing our plan to operate profitably in every region of the world."

 

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Dig Safely New York Free Hand Digging Alternatives Demo & Luncheon
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:09

Dig Safely New York Free Hand Digging Alternatives Demo & Luncheon August 13th

"Please joint us for a free informational event on August 13, sponsored by National Grid."

Register here!

Any questions please contact: Jim Flint at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
2013 Mentor of the Year
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:04

"The Board of Directors for Region 2 (VPPPA Chapter) recognized Leon Baukh as its 2013 Mentor of the Year.

The award was presented at this year’s Regional Safety Conference held in Atlantic City, NJ.

The Mentor of the year is reserved to recognize individuals that volunteer their time, share their knowledge/experience and provide assistance to organizations working toward achieving a level of excellence consistent with star status."

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