Falls Are the Leading Cause of Death in Construction

Fall Protection

In 2010, there were 264 fall fatalities (255 falls to lower level) out of 774 total fatalities in construction. These deaths are preventable.

Fatal accidents from fall protection have been making headlines in
California recently. This week is National Fall Prevention Stand-Down to raise
awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction.  For additional information click on the following hyperlink:  https://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/index.html


DOSH Seeks Major Changes to Heat Illness Standard

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has just proposed major revisions to California’s heat illness prevention standard. The action is not formal rulemaking, but sending its proposal to the Standards Board is a big first step in revising the almost 10-year-old regulation. California has lead the nation in heat illness standards.

Employers with heat exposures may be well advised to begin adoption in advance.  Among the proposed revisions:

  • Requiring employers to provide drinking water as close as practicable but no more than 400 feet from employees, with some wiggle room.
  • Shade to be provided when temperatures hit 80 degrees (currently 85F) and no farther than 700 feet from workers.
  • Employees who need to take a “cool-down rest” cannot be ordered back to work until symptoms of heat illness have abated. Employers also would have to monitor the worker during the rest period and provide emergency services if the symptoms worsen.
  • High-heat procedures would kick in at 85 degrees, instead of the current 95F. The draft also adds specific instructions for observing employees for heat illness signs during high-heat.
  • Expanding the training topics that must be provided to employees.
  • Adding specific instructions on what must be contained in employers’ written heat illness prevention procedures.
  • Requiring supervisors to take “immediate action” if employees show signs of heat illness. Such employees would have to be offered emergency medical services before they could be sent home.

Once the Standards Board reviews the draft, it might return it to DOSH for changes or for questions. No timetable has been set for formal adoption but this appears to be on a fast track.



Safety Expo Announces Innovator of the Year Awards to Alan Barr – UCSF Ergonomics Program

Congratulations to Alan Barr for submitting an Innovations entry for the Concrete Drilling Jig!

UCSF Ergonomics ProgramConcrete Drilling Jig – Is capable of driving one or two large hammer drills into concrete at any drilling angle.  The device addresses several health and safety concerns related to concrete drilling normally done by hand.  Drilling by hand is associated with hand, arm, shoulder and back fatigue, hand-arm vibration exposure and “respirable” silica dust exposure to all of the above.  To date, 25 of these devises have been deployed on large projects, each with reports of significant increases in productivity.  Contact:  Alan Barr, Principal Development Engineer – 415.420.7602 – https://www.ergo.berkeley.edu/

Other Innovations Award recipients in Best of Show:

CH Bull Company: Ladder Port – Permanently building mounted for maximum extension ladder safety; less expensive and safer than a permanent mounted vertical ladder; hooks keep ladder from falling backward, side plates won’t let it fall to either side so you can count on your extension ladder to stay where it belongs.

LadderDock – use this model when the only solid attach point is a wood nailer or other solid base supporting the roof edge flashing.  (This might be used as a temporary access and egress point that can be reused at future jobs).  This model requires the ladder to extend at least three-foot above the roofline.  The LadderDock can also be used with Safe-T Ladder Extension system or comparable product so the user is able to walk through rather than transitioning around the ladder.  Contact:  Andy Bull, President, CH Bull Company – 650.857.8406 – http://www.chbullco.com/

Guardian Fall Protection:  Diablo Self-Retracting Lifeline – The new Diablo Self-retracting Lifeline (SRL) offers superior protection.  Designed for the ultimate in functionality and comfort.  Not only is the Diablo both compact and lightweight, its ergonomic house is shaped to fit right in the palm of your hands.  Weighing in at just 3lbs., the Diablo relieves stress off both your body and your mind.  The Diablo can be used on its own, or team it up with a second Diablo and a connector bracket to make it a Double Diablo, which can easily be used to achieve 100% tie-off.

The HitchClip™ System – The most revolutionary residential fall protection roof anchor ever made; is easy to install, and functions as a permanent rooftop anchor.  This patented “key-hole” design, the HitchClip™ can be used in combination with a large variety of accessories, allowing it to be used to set-up guardrail systems, staging areas, and more.  Contact:  Tommy Lee, Director of Training, Guardian Fall Protection – 360.471.0615 – http://www.guardianfall.com/

LSL755.LLC – Ladder Safety Level (LSL755) – Invented in 2013.  The “Ladder Safety Level” is the very first product invented by LSL755 in 2013 and is a revolutionary safety device for extension ladders that holds a standard bubble level to indicate to any ladder climber, experienced or inexperienced, when the ladder is erected at the safe, technically correct and legally required angle.  Contact:  Andre Catellier, Partner, LSL755 – 916.600.09769 – http://lsl755.com/

L.T.M. – LLC – Pocket Safety Program© – Is a safety management tool developed for small/medium size contractors.  It provides users the essential means and method to rapidly implement a safety program and process to prevent work-related injuries. Contact:  David Strickler, Principal and Co-Founder, L.T.M. LLC – 916.740.3316 – www.i2p3safety.com

Makita USA – Dust Extraction – Makita has introduced new dust collecting tooling and accessories to meet EPA (RRP) rules when attached with HEPA filters.  Our dust extraction system set new standards for portable jobsite vacuums with a powerful water lift and lower noise.  A key concern when breaking, chipping or drilling into concrete is Silicosis.  Makita tooling equipped correctly minimizes the exposures of this harmful dust to the operator.  Contact:  Emmanuel Sandoval, Northern California Industrial Representative, Makita USA – 916.919.6092 – http://www.makitausa.com/en-us/Modules/Home/


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


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



2014 Safety Expo Partnership Marketplace Tabletop Trade Show Registration

Exhibitors are invited to take advantage of Expo’s new location – the Winn Center at Cosumnes River College.  The Trade Show is on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16.  The fee remains at $200 inclusive which will include one 8′ draped table; two chairs; exhibitor ID sign; electronic list of decision-making attendees post-Expo.  Space is limited so secure your location now!

Click here for the Exhibitor Form.



2014 Safety Expo Dates

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Join us for Expo’s 10th Anniversary event, April 15-17 at Cosumnes River College! Check back for information on an expanded exhibitor program: “Meet the Industry Partners,” which will include general contractors and suppliers.

Expo will soon distribute the Presenter Proposals and topic recommendations. This information will be posted on-line in early June or contact us directly to receive the Request for Presentations – 916-442-8991 – ask for Lisa Frederiksen.