January 2021 OSHA Quicktakes

A new OSHA video provides five tips to keep workers safe during the holidays.
OSHA is partnering with McCarthy Building Companies to help prevent injuries during a college construction project.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a strategic partnership with McCarthy Building Companies to promote worker safety and health at the West Georgia Technical College-New Carroll County Campus project in Carrollton, Georgia. The Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute – Safety, Health, and Environmental Services Group will also support this effort.

This partnership seeks to prevent injuries and exposure to hazards during the construction of a new technical college with three buildings and a commercial truck driving range on a greenfield site. Under the agreement, the partners will focus on the use of personal protective equipment, heat illness prevention, fire protection, and prevention, and preventing exposure to hazards related to falls, struck-by, and caught-in/between objects, electric, hand and power tools, silica, lead and noise. The partners will also encourage contractors to develop and implement safety and health programs and provide related training to employees, employers and supervisors.

OSHA’s Strategic Partnership Program works with employers, employees, professional and trade associations, labor organizations, and other interested stakeholders to establish specific goals, strategies, and performance measures to improve worker safety and health.

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Alliance
An Alliance between OSHA and the Missouri Association of Manufacturers will help raise awareness about workplace hazards and how to prevent them.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Kansas City and the Saint Louis Area Offices and Missouri Association of Manufacturers (MAM) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safety and health practices and programs to improve American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and MAM hereby form an Alliance to provide the MAM Members (including, Current Members, Prospective Members, and MAM’s Partners, Alliances, and Affiliates) with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect and address workers by reducing and preventing exposure to hazards including, but not limited to: amputations, lacerations or punctures, lockout/tagout hazards, machine guarding, heat stress, falls, struck-by, caught-in/between, ergonomics and electrical hazards), and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

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D.O.L Enters Partnership to Improve Safety Among Workers Constructing and Maintaining Communications Towers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a national strategic partnership with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association. The partnership is intended to improve worker safety in the communications tower erection industry.

“The demand for wireless communications and broadcast services has increased the need for construction, service, and maintenance of towers throughout the country,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Loren Sweatt. “The partners will work together to focus resources on eliminating hazards and improving the safety and health of tower workers. This work has become even more important as America’s workers rely on wireless technology in all industries.”

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Small Business Reduces Injuries, Lowers Workers' Comp Costs

K-Plus Industrial Services, Inc. is a full service maintenance and industrial cleaning service company. It provides comprehensive industrial cleaning services to almost any type of plant or factory. To ensure the company was meeting OSHA’s requirements for confined space entrants, it sought out an industrial hygienist from the Illinois On-Site Consultation Program. The consultant performed a survey of the worksite in February 2013 and guided K-Plus toward a full evaluation of all aspects of their safety and health program. Consultation performed a comprehensive evaluation of the company’s safety and health program in May 2013. This visit included a review of all records and written programs, as well as an evaluation of the worksite and employee interviews.

During the initial survey, the consultant identified hazards such as a locked exit door that was not maintained free of all obstructions, and removal of venting caps (bung caps) on a flammable cabinet that caused the cabinet to not meet minimal fire resistance requirements. K-Plus immediately rectified the issues by installing panic bars with an alarm connection to indicate the use of the exit door and installing bung caps on the flammable cabinet.

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Chet Slump
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