BMSA's Safety First! 
February 2017
Don't Miss the 2017 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo!

At the 2017 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, you have the opportunity to: 
  • Learn new information
  • See innovative products
  • Gather information
  • Ask questions
OSC17 is the largest regional safety and health conference in the U.S., and it is taking place March 8-10 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Attendance is free for Ohio employers, their employees and all individuals with an interest in occupational safety and health. Register for OSC17 today! 
(Source: ohiobwcblog)
National Ladder Safety Month

The American Ladder Institute has declared March 2017 as National Ladder Safety Month. Check out these tips to ensure you and your employees are properly using a ladder.
  • If you feel tired or dizzy, or are prone to losing your balance, stay off the ladder.
  • Do not use ladders in high winds or storms.
  • Wear clean slip-resistant shoes. Shoes with leather soles are not appropriate for ladder use since they are not considered sufficiently slip resistant.
  • Before using a ladder, inspect it to confirm it is in good working condition.
  • The ladder you select must be the right size for the job.
  • When the ladder is set-up for use, it must be placed on firm, level ground and without any type of slippery condition present.
  • Only one person at a time is permitted on a ladder unless the ladder is specifically designed for more than one climber (such as a Trestle Ladder).
  • Ladders must not be placed in front of closed doors that can open toward the ladder. 
  • Improper climbing posture creates user clumsiness and may cause falls. 

Reduce your chances of falling during the climb by:

  • Using towlines, a tool belt or an assistant to convey materials so that the climber's hands are free when climbing.
  • Climbing slowly and deliberately while avoiding sudden movements.
  • Never attempt to move a ladder while standing on it.
  • Keep the center of your belt buckle (stomach) between the ladder side rails when climbing and while working. 
  • Do not overreach or lean while working so that you don't fall off the ladder sideways or pull the ladder over sideways while standing on it.
Top LBM Citations for Forklifts

For the 5-year, 9-month period from January 2012 to September 2016, there were 778 LBM establishments cited for a total of 989 instances of violations of the OSHA Standard 1910.178, Powered Industrial Trucks.

The table below summarizes the specific requirement category of Standard 1910.178 involved, followed by the detailed provisions cited. The Highest Initial Penalty for maintenance and operations involved multiple violations at the same organization.
OSHA Standard Subsection
Number of Establishments
Number of Instances
Highest Initial Penalty
Operator training 1910.178(l)
Maintenance of industrial trucks 1910.178(q)
Operation of truck 1910.178(p)
General requirements 1910.178(a)
Truck operations 1910.178(m)
Traveling 1910.178(n)
Loading 1910.178(0)

By far the largest source of citations for the LBM sector is related to the operator training requirements.  You may find a more detailed summary of the subsection 1910.178(l) citations in NLBMDA's  LBM Key Compliance Areas of Focus: Forklift Operator Training Requirements  at

(Source: NLBMDA)
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NLBMDA's Forklift & You Training Program

Keeping your employees' forklift training current is an important step in ensuring the continued safety and success of your business. Forklift operators must be certified every three years. NLBMDA is proud to offer the only forklift training specific to the lumber and building material industry that meets all OSHA forklift training requirements. All employees who operate a forklift must be trained in order to comply with OSHA standards. The Complete Kit Includes:
  • An industry-specific training DVD
  • A 198-page guide is the core of the Forklift & You training program and it doubles as a 'train-the-trainer' guide, and the program to lead the trainer as they teach the operators-in-training.
  • One Operator Package - The English Forklift & You Operator Package includes five Operator Workbooks, twelve certificates, twelve ID cards, and an employer worksheet to track certified operators.
  • One Training Poster
Please click here to view NLBMDA's Online Store and to purchase NLBMDA's Forklift & You Training Program or contact Jane Gillespie at BMSA. 

*All BMSA Dealer members in good standing are also members of NLBMDA.
(Source: NLBMDA)
2017 Calendar of Events
March 1-2 : Installed Sales Roundtable (Charleston, SC)
March 21-22 : Applying Industrial Design Workshop (Charlotte, NC)
March 22-24 : CFO Roundtable (Nashville, TN)
March 27-29 : NLBMDA Legislative Conference (Washington, D.C.)
March 30-31 : Leadership Development Roundtable #2 (Asheville, NC)
April 2-4 : Roundtable 3 (High Point, NC)
April 18 : Margin Growth and Management Seminar (Richmond, VA)
April 19-21 : Roundtable 1 (Asheville, NC)
April 27-28 : Sales Manager Roundtable (Charlotte, NC) 
May 9-10 : Leadership Development Roundtable # 1 (Nashville, TN)
May 17-19 : Roundtable 7 (Asheville, NC)
July 27-30 : BMSA's Summer Conference (Virginia Beach, VA)