If you are responsible for vehicle fleets, traffic control and management, transporting equipment and large loads, these sessions may be of value to you!  

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Defensive Driving Pat Naves, Concrete ServicesDEFENSIVE DRIVING IS DEFINED AS “DRIVING TO SAVE LIVES, TIME AND MONEY, IN SPITE OF THE CONDITIONS AROUND YOU AND THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS”  – This Defensive Driving Course is a form of training for motor vehicle drivers that goes beyond mastery of the rules of the road and the basic mechanics of driving. Its aim is to reduce the risk of collision by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others. This can be achieved through adherence to a variety of general rules, as well as the practice of specific driving techniques. This class will include a Defensive Driving Course/Defensive Driving Simulator/California Highway Patrol Q&A based on availability. Tuesday, April 15 – 8:00 am – 12:00 Noon

New Transportation Regulations and How They Affect Construction Byron Adkins, Director, DOT Support Services, Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. – Attendees will be given an increased understanding of transportation regulations through common sense discussion of industry best practices. Wednesday, April 16 – 10:15 am - 11:15 am

Traffic Control & California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD) Standards Ed Yarbrough, Caltrans North Region Construction – Temporary traffic control is your biggest potential tort liability risk and having it set properly helps to ensure that the public can pass through your work zone safely while helping to ensure the safety of your workers on the ground.  This class will discuss traffic control theory, Caltrans contract standards and the California MUTCD, traffic control devices and setting, maintaining, and inspecting traffic control. Wednesday, April 16 – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

BIT Program – California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Bogdan, California Highway Patrol – Mike will cover the 90-day BIT Inspection Program requirements along with recordkeeping and terminal inspection requirements. This course includes a hands-on inspection of steering, brakes, lights and will discuss allowable inspection limits and repair requirements.  Additional $10 course work fee. Tuesday, April 15 – 8:00 am – 12:00 Noon; Wednesday, April 16 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Thursday, April 17 – 8:00 am – 12:00 Noon



2014 Safety Expo – Early Rate Increases on April 5th!

The 2014 Safety Expo is 11 days away! Early registration rates* increase on April 5 to $125.00 – Register now and SAVE!

Quality Compliance Equipment Certification - if your certification card is older than three years – it’s time to re-certify!

Basic Plus Adult CPR Certification - if your certification card is older than two years – it’s time to re-certify: five seats remaining.

Second OSHA 10 Class Added Due to Demand! This class will have limited capacities – follow the below link to register:




2014 Partnership Market Place Trade Show

The 2014 Safety Expo is pleased to announce that we have a full floor of Partnership Market Place Trade Show Exhibitors showcasing their products and services to the industry – the trade show is complimentary and is also a part of attendee registration, and will be held on April 15 and April 16 in conjunction with the Expo Conference.  We hope that you will join us in support of our supplier community as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Safety Expo.
If you have an existing relationship or want to check out the newest in product, please visit Expo exhibitors.  The trade will be located in the new Winn Center at Cosumnes River College.  Exhibitors who have larger equipment, machinery and vehicles will be located outside the Winn Center.  Attendees will be provided with a Vendor Passport – if you visit with each of the exhibitors you will qualify for prize drawings at the end of each of the two days of the Partnership Market Place – they look forward to seeing you at the Trade Show!

  • ABC Associate Builders and Contractors, Inc.
  • American Technologies, Inc.
  • Bay Area Traffic Solutions
  • Beck’s Shoes, Inc.
  • California Dept. of Public Health – Occupational Health Branch
  • CALINC Training
  • Capitol Barricade
  • CH Bull Company
  • Crusader Fence Co., Inc.
  • Empire Safety & Supply
  • George Perry GPSENGR
  • LSL755, LLC.
  • LTM Business Solutions
  • Mark III Construction
  • MSA Safety
  • On-Site Health and Safety
  • Safe Credit Union
  • State Compensation Insurance Fund
  • Sutter Occupational Health Services
  • The Cohen Group
  • Traffic Management, Inc.
  • UC Davis Extension
  • USA North 811

2014 Safety Expo Compliance and Equipment Certification


If it’s been more than two years since your certification, you need to think about re-certification!

Basic Plus Adult CPR, AED & First Aid Training  Greg Landin, Rescue Training Institute – Covers personal and patient protection. How to reduce disease transmission; adult CPR and foreign body airway obstruction maneuvers, bleeding control and shock prevention.  This course covers how to treat bleeding, shock and traumatic injuries, specific first aid topics focused to the target audience needs.  Class also includes training on AED (automatic external defibrillator).  A two-year course completion card will be issued upon course completion.  (Limited Class Capacity)

National Safety Council CPR Cindy Tait, EMT-P, RN, CEN, CFRN, MPH; Vince Puterbaugh, National Safety Council – Participants will receive training in CPR and in the proper use of an AED as well as choking care for responsive adults, children, and infants that satisfies all Cal-OSHA requirements. All students successfully completing the course will receive a certification card from the National Safety Council good for two years.

Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens - Certification Card  Cindy Tait, EMT-P, RN, CEN, CFRN, MPH; Vince Puterbaugh, National Safety Council – This 2.5 hour course fulfills all Cal-OSHA requirements for annual certification.  Topics covered will include forms of transmission, preventative measures, and regulatory compliance issues.  All students completing this course will receive a certification card from the National Safety Council good for one year.

Cal/OSHA 10-Hour Hazard Awareness for Construction (split session)  Robert Downey, RED Safety Consulting – OSHA construction standards; best safety practices; interpretation of regulations and value of safety.  Additional fee of $25 for certificationlimited to 40 people.

Part 1 – Wednesday, April 16 – 7:00 am – 12:30 pm – (Part 2 concludes on Thursday, April 17) Part 2 – Thursday, April 17 – 7:00 am – 12:30 pm - (conclusion)

Earthwork Excavation Competent Person Training  Robert Downey, RED Safety Consulting – Excavation competency is essential to safe work in trenches and excavations.  Program covers soil classification, selection of protective systems, installation requirements, inspections and evaluations of equipment installed.  Review of all Cal OSHA regulations pertaining to trenching and excavation will be accomplished during this full-day course.

Frame Scaffold User Hazard Awareness (first two hours of Competent Person Training below)  David Johnson, Skyline Scaffold – This session covers scaffold hazards, their mitigation and completes the requirement for scaffold user hazard awareness.

Frame Type Scaffolding Competent Person Training – (first two hours is Frame Scaffold User Hazard Awareness) David Johnson, Skyline Scaffold – This is a Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) accredited training class.  This class fulfills the requirements for competent person training. Passing students will receive an SAIA trained card.  Attendees must review and complete the study guide prior to attending the class on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  The deadline for registration for this class is Wednesday, March 26, 2014.  Attendees will receive their workbooks no later than

*To complete the competent person training, you must attend and complete the Hazard Awareness training portion

Equipment Training and Certification Tracks – Space is Limited

If you have a certification card approaching three years or older, it’s time to think about recertification!

Arial Work Platform (AWP) Boom-lift or (AWP) Scissor Lift – Certification   Ken Howarth, Sunbelt Rentals – $35 first piece of equipment; $15 for additional equipment certification.  Session is 6-8 hours in duration and includes book work and hands-on verification.  Bookwork portion for both types of equipment are combined.  Hands-on verification is limited to only one piece of equipment at time of Safety Expo unless time permits (to be determined at time of event).  Second piece of equipment verification can be arranged at Sunbelt Rentals office with 30 days after the conclusion of the Safety Expo.  Safety Expo pricing or receipt must be presented at time of hands-on verification.  Attendees must be in class no later than 7:20 am.

Forklift 4 and 6 * or Rough Terrain Forklift Class 7** CertificationDarryl Kielich, Sunbelt Rentals – $35 first piece of equipment; $15 for additional equipment certification.  Session is 6-8 hours in duration and includes book work and hands-on verification.  Class 200 and Class 201 book work portion of the program is combined.  Hands-on verification is limited to only one piece of equipment at time of Safety Expo, unless time permits (to be determined at time of event).  Second piece of equipment verification can be arranged at Sunbelt Rentals office within 30 days after the conclusion of the Safety Expo.  Safety Expo pricing or receipt must be presented at time of hands-on verification.   *Class 4 & 6 are fixed mast industrial forklifts.  ** Class 7 is all-terrain, non-fixed mast – Extendable Reach Forklift | Gradall | Skytrak, etc.  Attendees must be in class no later than 7:20 am.

Click here to register or download and view the course curriculum PDF


2014 Safety Expo – Key Note Presentations

Legislative Update – Legislative updates and Keynote introductions will be made by Peter Tateishi, CEO, Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange on Tuesday, April 15 from 8:30 am – 8:45 am (course code 100) and Wednesday, April 16 from 8:00 am – 8:15 am (course code 101)

Cal/OSHA Update – Juliann Sum, Acting Chief, Cal/OSHA – The Acting Chief of Cal/OSHA will discuss recent accomplishments and highlights of current activities in rulemaking, enforcement, outreach and education, and staff training and recruitment, Tuesday, April 15 from 9:00 am – 9:45 am (course code 102). 

Department of Industrial Relations Update – Christine Baker, Director, Department of Industrial Relations – will discuss the accomplishments of the Department of Industrial Relations in making California the best place to live, work and do business, Tuesday, April  15 – 10:00 am – 11:00 am (course code 103)

Construction Safety InnovationsKevin Thompson, Reporter, Cal/OSHA Reporter – will discuss Cal/OSHA regulations are the foundation for safety, but construction companies are going above and beyond with state-of-the-art safety solutions. We’ll look at some of these innovations, Tuesday, April 15, 11:15 am – 12 Noon (course code 104)

Crisis Management: “Facing the Unexpected”Fred Walter, Esq. – Walter & Prince, LLP – The keys to successful crisis management are flexibility and adaptability. OSHA defense lawyers and crisis advisors Fred Walter and Lisa Prince will first lead you through a quick review of last year’s lessons. You will then be divided into teams and given a scenario placing you in the center of a crisis. You will assign roles and ground rules. These will be tested by predictable and unpredictable challenges taken from real-life experiences. At the end of the class you will be able to compare your responses to those of others in the class, and be better prepared for the real thing.  Tuesday, April 15 – 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm (course code 105)

Would You Watch Out for My Safety? John Drebinger, John Drebinger Presentations – Leaders play an essential role in creating and delivering a unified safety awareness message and correct safety procedures to every employee in their workplace. Everyone who attends this session will take home new skills to share the importance and value of working safely at work and at home. Attendees will have fun while learning how to:

  • Empower people to speak up and share safety concerns with each other in a way that helps people feel comfortable doing so. 
  • Motivate people to take personal responsibility for their own safety.
  • Teach people how to respond in a way that will have everyone watching out for the safety of others in a positive way.
  • Communicate effectively and develop the skills and confidence that will deliver results when conveying their next safety message.
  • Raise the expectations, vision, passion and energy for your workforce to build a safer and more productive workplace.

Each attendee who registers for and attends this session will receive, complimentary, a copy of John Drebinger’s book, “Would You Watch Out For My Safety? ™”  – Wednesday, April 16 – 8:15 am – 10:00 am (course code 106)

New Transportation Regulations and How They Affect ConstructionByron Adkins, Director, DOT Support Services, Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. – Attendees will be given an increased understanding of transportation regulations through common sense discussion of industry best practices. Wednesday, April 16 – 10:15 am – 11:15 am (course code 107)






Scaffolders at Greatest Risk in Construction Industry

Article Courtesy of Safety.com

The NASC Safety Report statistics were recently released revealing that scaffolders are the most at risk, with the findings presenting that they were involved in 52% of all construction accidents. Whether it’s from objects falling onto workers from scaffolds, lifts and ladders, un-safe scaffold equipment or a workers failure to wear the appropriate protective equipment whilst working with scaffolding, these accidents are often very serious resulting in construction workers being critically injured.

Although the number of scaffolders being injured decreased from 145 in 2011 to 134 in 2012, the amount of construction accidents (52%) is still too high and efforts must be increased to improve the safety for all those working with scaffolding. Particularly those responsible for erecting and dismantling, those working on the scaffold and the people who could be impacted by other scaffold related injuries. Here are just some of the regulations that should be followed for anyone who is involved in working with scaffolding:

Keep the workplace organized

Keeping the worksite organized can help reduce the number of accidents. It will decrease the risk of any tools falling from the scaffolding as well as make it easier and safer for workers moving around on scaffolding. Furthermore, keeping the worksite organized will help to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls, which according to the NASC report accounted for 34% of all accidents and injuries in industry during 2012.

Invest in training

Anyone that is working on a construction site with scaffolding should comply with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Scaffold Regulations and be fully trained. Employers should invest in CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolds Record Scheme) training. This type of training is a recognized qualification of the scaffolding trade for over thirty years, helping ensure the construction industry are carrying out scaffolding operations safely and correctly. There are plenty of companies that offer the appropriate scaffolding training courses including Britannia who are a renowned company that offers CISRS training in Norfolk and are the first independent training center in East Anglia to have received accredited recognition for the CISRS.

Review the work site and identify hazards

Before any work even begins on the construction site, it is absolutely vital that the area is reviewed by a qualified professional and any potential hazards are highlighted. This should also continue to be reviewed whilst work is being done, so that any new potential hazards that may arise during construction can be identified.  The more alert people are for hazards, the less risk of injuries there will be.

Monitor employees

It’s important to ensure that anyone working on the construction site is complying by the rules and regulations that have been implemented. All too often workers will not wear the appropriate protective wear, despite knowing the importance, resulting in many severe injuries. Therefore anyone that’s supervising the worksite, should make it their priority to ensure that all workers are working safely. Those that aren’t involved in the construction and are just supervising should also wear the appropriate safety wear for their own safety as well as to set a good example to others.


Using Aerial Lifts Safely

Associated Hazards
Aerial devices are used in various industries and offer many benefits including access for people or equipment to hard to reach areas, usually at a height. However, if not used correctly, aerial lifts can result in serious or fatal injuries.

Common hazards associated with aerial lifts are:

  • Overturns.
  • Tip over.
  • Falls from elevated lift platforms.
  • Being struck by falling objects.
  • Contact with electrical power lines (electrocutions).
  • Ejections from lift platforms.
  • Boom failures.

Required Training
Employers are responsible for ensuring that aerial lift training is provided. Training programs should cover correct lifting and operational functions of the aerial lift device, recognition of unsafe hazards in the work zone, and verification that the worker is knowledgeable and skilled in operating the aerial lift. In the event that one of the following occurs, retraining must be provided.

  • If an accident or an injury occurred while using the aerial lift.
  • Using a different aerial lift on which the worker has not been trained.
  • Hazards discovered in the workplace during use.
  • Improper use of an aerial lift.

Aerial Lift Operation
Perform a pre-start inspection before operating a lift. Inspect the vehicle and the lift components (e.g. fluids, gears/levers, steering, brakes, tires and battery; fuel systems and mechanical parts, etc.) as well as the work zone. If defects are present, do not operate the lift until it has been serviced by a qualified person.

Safe Work Practices

  • Read the Operators Manual before operating aerial lifts.
  • Be trained to use aerial lifts.
  • Keep work zone free of safety hazards.
  • Look for unstable surfaces (bumps, ditches, slopes, and overhead obstructions).
  • Watch out for people in close proximity.
  • Keep an eye on changes in weather conditions.
  • Use body harnesses and restraining belts with a lanyard that is attached to the boom or the basket to prevent being pulled or ejected from the basket.
  • Use provided outriggers.
  • Don’t exceed the load limits of a lift including the combined weight of the worker, tools, and materials.
  • Maintain a clearance of at least a minimum of 10 feet or 3 meters from energized overhead lines.
  • Check to make sure that operational and warning labels/placards are affixed to the lift and platform.

Knowing the functions and operating procedures of an aerial lift reduces the chances of accidents.

For more information and training requirements, refer to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Linda Simmons, MA Industrial Hygienist, State Compensation Insurance Fund

Safety News is produced by State Compensation Insurance Fund to assist clients in their loss control efforts. Information or recommendations contained in this publication were obtained from sources believed to be reliable at the date of publication. Information is only advisory and does not presume to be exhaustive or inclusive of all workplace hazards or situations. Permission to reprint articles subject to approval by State Compensation Insurance Fund.

©2013 State Compensation Insurance Fund



Winter Heating and Holiday Cooking Hazards Call for Home Fire Safety

Helpful Tips

Article Courtesy of City Express - A City of Sacramento Publication

With the holidays just around the corner and a winter chill in the air, we have entered the season of active fireplaces and heaters, cook-a-thons and turkey deep fryers, decorative candles and holiday tree lighting. In light of these potential fire hazards, the City of Sacramento Fire Department reminds residents to be mindful and safe.

In Your Kitchen:
◾Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, baking, or roasting food.
◾When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
◾Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove and use the back burners whenever possible.
◾Clean up food and grease from burners and stove tops.

In Your Home:
◾Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly.
◾Have heat burning equipment (fire place, wood stoves, etc.) inspected by a professional each year before use.
◾Make sure candles are not left unattended while burning.
◾When using your fireplace, make sure the flue is fully opened for adequate ventilation.
◾Don’t warm your vehicles inside the garage. Back the vehicle out onto the driveway to warm.