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The 10 Rules of an Effective HazMat First Responder

Accidental releases of industrial products lead to fires, explosions, and death. Famous ones make the news. But in an average year, there are 34,000 hazmat incidents in the US, which makes this a very prevalent hazard across a variety of industries and job sites. More than half are spills of fewer than 10 gallons. The […]

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OSHA Federal Regulations vs. Individual State Plans

Pursuant to Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (Federal OSHA), States may administer their own job safety and health programs, or State Plans, if they meet minimum federal requirements. There are 22 states and jurisdictions that administer State Plans covering both public and private sector employees. Five states administer State […]

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What You Need to Know About Crane Signal Person Duties

Thinking about qualifying as a crane signal person? Want to know more about crane signal person duties? The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), a nonprofit organization formed in 1995 “to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation to assist all segments of general industry and construction” is your reference. Here’s a […]

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OSHA 40 Hour Requirements

Sing to the show tune, “Whatever Lola wants…” and substitute “OSHA” for “Lola” and your sung response would be, “OSHA gets”; followed by “And little boss, great big OSHA wants YOU!”  (You need to see the Broadway musical “Damn Yankees” to fully understand that allusion, of course.) But unlike watching Gwen Verdon strut her entertaining […]

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Heads Up! OSHAs Take on Crane Rigging Safety

It’s all in 29 CFR 1910 and OSHA’s take on crane rigging safety training is as comprehensive as the 25 states (including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico), which have adopted much the same standards as OSHA. Ranging from general industry to marine terminals and longshoring to the construction industry, OSHA has published a daunting listing of standards, requirements […]

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Crane Safety 101 – Whose Job is it Anyway?

So let’s talk crane safety and you can decide if you need the training for your crane operators, crane signal person duties, crane rigging safety, proper crane rigging, all of your crane activities. A UK research report RR820, called ‘Tower Crane Incidents Worldwide’ was prepared by the HSL – Health and Safety Laboratory for the HSE – Health […]

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