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MBA Safety News - May 2022
New OSHA Directive on Crane Operator Qualifications

OSHA has published its Crane Operator Certification Compliance Directive. This instruction provides OSHA compliance officers with enforcement procedures, citation policy, and inspection guidance for equipment covered by 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC, and reflects the changes that were made in the final rule.

The crane standard that the new rule replaced, 29 CFR 1926.550, contained general safety requirements in its regulatory text and incorporated by reference numerous equipment-specific requirements of several consensus standards. The organization of the new crane standard is complex because the majority of the equipment-specific requirements that were once incorporated from other documents are now explicit requirements in the regulatory text, minimizing the employer’s need to reference other documents for those requirements. This directive provides supplemental guidance regarding the enforcement of the new crane standard.

Heat Illness Prevention
With temperatures rising, it is time to take action to prevent heat illness. 
Remember the 3 keys to an effective heat illness prevention plan:

  1. Water
  2. Rest
  3. Shade


  • Use the Toolbox Talks created by CPWR to educate your workers on the dangers of working in the heat

Safety Education

Are you looking for ways to take your safety program to the next level? The industry leading safety and health conferences are open for registration.

• The AGC Construction Safety, Health, and Environmental Conference is being held in Washington DC July 26-28.

• The National Safety Council's Congress & Expo is being held in San Diego, CA September 16-21
New Resource for Improving Safety Culture on Job Sites

Have you ever wondered how your safety program stacks up against others in the industry? Or are you looking to improve your program but aren’t sure where to start? Contractors can use the new Safety Culture-Safety Management Information System free of charge to assess their safety climate, select and implement appropriate tools to strengthen it and engage in continuous safety climate improvement.
Focus Four Campaign

The Focus Four Hazards have accounted for the vast majority of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. In an effort to prevent future injuries and fatalities, OSHA, their state plans, consultation projects, and construction industry partners have initiated a “Focus Four Hazards” campaign from March through June in Region Three’s jurisdiction. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness in the recognition, evaluation, and control of these hazards through the delivery of toolbox talks for employers to provide to their workers. These toolbox talks will be available during the campaign for employers to use at their own discretion.
 
Construction's "Fatal Four"
Out of 4764 worker fatalities in all industries in calendar year 2020, 1,008 or 21% were in construction―that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck-by, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These "Fatal Four" hazards were responsible for more than half (57%) of the construction worker deaths in 2020, according to BLS reports.
  • Falls - 368 out of 1,008 total deaths in construction in CY 2020 (~37%)
  • Struck by Object - 83 (8%)
  • Electrocutions - 53 (5%)
  • Caught-in/between - 70 (~7%) This category includes construction workers killed when caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material.

Eliminating these four hazards would save 574 lives each year.
Bob McCall
Director of Safety
Master Builders' Association of Western PA, Inc.