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March 2018 Archives

Trench safety key priority for 2018

Trench safety has been identified as a major priority to protect the safety of construction workers in Missouri and across the country according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Construction workers frequently encounter dangerous or difficult conditions on the job, but laboring in trenches and excavation sites can pose a particularly high risk of serious workplace accidents. The risks associated with unfinished structures, heavy equipment and intense physical labor are intensified when dealing with depressions and cavities underground.

Cargo tank trucks carry higher risk of rollover

Anyone driving next to a tanker truck probably wonders whether such close proximity puts them in danger. The answer is yes: There is the risk of rollover and the flammable or hazardous material being transported. Missouri drivers should know that cargo tank trucks are more likely to flip than other types of tractor-trailers.

OSHA, entertainment industry groups renew safety partnership

In February, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the renewal of its safety partnership with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada. The partnership is designed to help protect the health and safety of entertainment industry workers in Missouri and across the U.S.

The truth about anchor point thresholds

Employers in Missouri and throughout the country may believe that they need a 5,000 pound anchor point to meet OSHA rules. However, this may not be as defined of a standard as employers think it is. The actual rule states that any personal fall arrest system must have a safety factor of at least two. When conducting a fall system test, it must be conducted with a weight of approximately 220 pounds and from a height of at least six feet.

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