Monday, April 23, 2007

Warehouse safety goes prime-time on NBCs The Office

The TV comedys Safety Training episode points out the dangers of operating lift trucks and baling machines without proper training.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

When You Hear A Siren - Make the Right Move

This blog was set up to create awareness about safety issues involving Lift Equipment. This particular post is safety oriented (from a very informative site about the LA Fire Dept) and appropriate in that it is about safety awareness; it's also the right thing to do. SG

Turn up your computer sound and click here!

During the month of April, we are again emphasizing Operation Right Move.

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Fire Department and California Office of Traffic Safety, Operation Right Move seeks to educate motorists about the importance of yielding to ambulances, fire trucks and police cars when they are responding to emergencies.

Nationwide, nearly 16,000 collisions occur each year because a growing number of drivers fail to Pull To The Right when emergency vehicles approach using their lights and sirens.

Learn how you can make The Right Move!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Friday, April 13, 2007

Implementing and Developing Industry Standards in the Design of Agriculture Safety Systems

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Industry standards for safety and performance dictate the development of new agricultural related safety products. The selection, interpretation, implementation, and the development of new standards will be discussed. The NIOSH automatically deployable rollover protective structure (AutoROPS) will be used as an example to emphasize the steps mentioned above.

Eugene A. McKenzie, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - NIOSH
Morgantown, WV

Timothy J. Lutz, P.E.

CDC NIOSH - Pittsburgh Research Laboratory
Pittsburgh, PA

Mahmood Ronaghi, MSME, MSAE

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - NIOSH
Morgantown, WV

The key here is that some form of safety prevention and/or awareness is being generated and no longer being hidden - this type of forward thinking, proactive and aggressive, will continue to grow and help prevent equipment damage, operator injury and death. There have been a number of preventative measures on the market for years that are finally being looked at as a serious safety measure for roll over protection. Such a small investment will save millions (possibly billions) in insurance, law suits, health care, and equipment replacement.
Skip Gosnell

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

What is ISO 9001:2000?

The following is posted to continually promote what companies should strive for and use as a guide to offer better overall quality for the customers and employees alike!

What is ISO 9001:2000?

ISO 9001:2000 is an international standard that provides strict requirements for an organization's Quality Management System. The objective of the Quality Management System is to ensure a company consistently provides products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations as well as continually improve performance.

Quick facts:

  • ISO is recognized in over 150 countries worldwide.
  • In the United States alone, there are over 47,000 organizations certified.
  • Certification is voluntary.
  • Certification identifies the company's processes, not its products.
  • Certification is awarded by an independent third-party.
Example of what ISO means to a company and its customers:

Fire Facilities received certification for having met the requirements of
ISO 9001:2000.
For years, Fire Facilities has dedicated itself to delivering top-of-the-line training towers to the fire industry. By achieving ISO 9001:2000 certification, we have affirmed this quest. Our Quality Management System will be tested for ongoing effectiveness every six months over the next three years. This quality initiative is a journey without an end.

As a customer, this assures:

  • tower designs go through standardized methods
  • products and processes are continuously improving
  • Trends are analyzed and monitored
  • A corrective system is in place
  • The system is focused on you, the customer

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Certified Utility Safety Administrator Program

The Certified Utility Safety Administrator Program (CUSA) provides formal recognition to utility industry safety administrators for their experience and knowledge of safety practices. It is the first industry-oriented safety certification offering individual professional recognition to those in the utility safety profession. CUSA is managed and directed by the National Safety Council and its Utilities Division.

Monday, April 09, 2007


American Society of Safety Engineers News

Diane Hurns
847-768-3413 or

For Immediate Release


DES PLAINES, IL (August 9, 2004) - With thousands of farmers young and old -- being severely injured and hundreds more dying from work-related accidents each year, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) urge farmers to be aware of and use injury prevention measures to help reduce accidents. Following the mining industry, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the U.S. with a death rate of 22.7 people per 100,000 workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Most farm-related accidents are caused by machinery, with tractor accidents accounting for a high rate of fatalities.

And children are at risk. According to the National Consumers League (NCL), agriculture is the most dangerous industry for young workers. Citing Department of Labor statistics, the NCL notes that among young agricultural workers aged 15-17; the risk of fatal injury is four times the risk of that for young workers in other workplaces.

Recently, when a young worker was doing maintenance work on a large tub grinder his leg was sucked into the machine's rotor causing severe leg injuries. An eight year-old boy was accidentally crushed beneath a forklift truck driven by a family member last year.

Many tragedies occurring on farms can be prevented. A lot of farm deaths are tractor related, with the most common cause being tractor overturns, said ASSE Director of Member/Region Affairs and agriculture safety specialist Dr. Terry Wilkinson. Operating tractors equipped with an approved Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) along with wearing a seat belt can help prevent tractor tragedies. The seat belt keeps the tractor operator in the zone of protection provided by the ROPS. Additional passengers on tractors, especially children, can lead to tractor-related fatalities. Extra riders are at greater risk of falls and being run over.

Other equipment-related injuries can be prevented by making sure all guards and shields are in place and functional, Wilkinson said. Farmers should familiarize themselves with the equipment operator's manual, the best source for information for preventing tractor and farm equipment-related injuries and fatalities. Conducting regular equipment inspections can also help prevent farm-related injuries by detecting and fixing equipment problems before use."

Also, working around Power Take-Off (PTO) machinery can be dangerous if workers are wearing loose clothing, as an entanglement could occur. Caution is urged when working around fruit and grain bins, silos, and livestock. Officials recommend that children 16 and under not work in these areas due to the high safety hazards, unless they are properly trained and closely supervised.

Farmers handle a variety of agricultural chemicals and other toxic substances. Many materials are hazardous and can be fatal if not used and stored properly. Farmers are also exposed to dust, sun, noise, and other farming health hazards. In an effort to assist the farming community, ASSE offers these following safety tips:

  • Develop an awareness of hazards on the farm and prepare for emergency situations including machinery entanglements, fires, vehicle accidents, electrical shocks from equipment and wires, and adverse health effects from chemical exposures.
  • Reduce the risk of injury and illness with preventive measures. Read and follow instructions in equipment operator's manuals. Follow instructions on product labels for safe use, handling, and storage.
  • Enroll children in local farm safety camps. Be especially alert to hazards that may affect children and the elderly.
  • Conduct routine inspections of your equipment to determine problems and potential failures that may contribute to or cause an accident.
  • Conduct meetings with employees and family members to assess safety hazards, discuss potential accident situations, and outline emergency procedures.
  • Properly maintain tools, buildings, and equipment.
  • Provide approved Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS).
  • Use seat belts while the tractor is in operation on tractors equipped with a ROPS.
  • Make sure guards for farm equipment are put back on after maintenance to protect workers from moving machinery parts.
  • Review material safety data sheets and labels that come with all chemical products.
  • Communicate information concerning hazards to all workers. Prevent pesticide poisonings and dermatitis caused by chemicals by ensuring that protective measures recommended on the labels are taken.
  • Take the necessary precautions to prevent entrapment and suffocation caused by unstable surfaces of grain storage bins, silos, wagons and other storage structures.
  • Be aware that methane gas, carbon dioxide, ammonia and hydrogen sulfide can be present in unventilated grain silos and manure pits in quantities sufficient to cause asphyxiation or explosion.

Farmers are at great risk of contracting respiratory problems due to the amount of dust and chemicals they breathe in on a daily basis. Wearing protective equipment, which is readily available, can prevent acute and chronic respiratory illnesses. Protective equipment such as mechanical filters and chemical cartridge masks are air-purifying respirators that help protect lungs from harmful gases and dusts.

Farm hazards can be identified and corrected by utilizing a farm hazard checklist. Wilkinson said. We urge farmers to contact their state or local Cooperative Extension or Farm Bureau office which provide programs such as farm safety camps, resources, training, and more aimed at preventing farm-related injuries.

As most farms do not fall under the auspices of OSHA rules and regulations, ASSE urges parents to train young farmers well in all aspects of farming, including safety. Nearly two million children live and/or work on farms. On average more than 100 children die every year from farm-related accidents. ASSE urges young farmers to enroll in a local farm safety camp, often sponsored by the local County Extension Service, a University, or Farm Bureau. Also check the North American Guidelines for Agriculture Tasks at .

To assist young workers and their parents, ASSE developed a free brochure titled "Workplace Safety Guide for New Workers" which provides tips on how young workers and parents can identify workplace hazards and has key contact information. The brochure along with farm safety tips and facts are available on the web at , ASSE Newsroom, by contacting , or your local ASSE chapter. Farm safety information is also available from NIOSH at 1-800-356-NIOSH or .

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Risk, Safety & Health

Risk, Safety & Health

Upgraded Boom Angle Indicator

This upgraded 4120 Series Boom Angle Indicator from Rieker is commonly used on off-road forklifts, material handlers and telescoping boom lifts - providing a constant real time boom angle that will not rust, freeze, or otherwise "hang up" like old-fashioned pendulum styles - for increased safety on the job site:

  • meeting or exceeding OSHA's Safety & Health Regulations for Construction Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors (1926.550)
  • highly visible backlit version complies with National Fire Protection Association 1901 Standards for Automotive Fire Apparatus

First of its kind design allows the operator to read the angle from below, above and the side. Oversize markings for easy read up to 30 ft away. These instruments are made tough and - not effected by outdoor elements.
Made of 100% Polycarbonate material with a unique and patent pending technology, it is extremely durable, shock and vibration resistant. An added benefit of the shape and durability is more product will fit in smaller containers with less packing material - decreasing the cost of shipping. Each unit is properly dampened for smooth reliable readings, no sticking or holding up. It is designed for easy mounting with two screws, allowing for quick and efficient retrofitting in the field.

One of the best features is the weatherproof back lighting - making the 4120 highly visible at night or low light situations. These units are typically used on fire apparatus, specifically aerial ladder rigs - making the 4120 a rugged very cost effective way to comply with NFPA regulations. Available in either AC or DC for the following voltages; 24V and 12V (rated for 20,000 hours).

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Cost Effective, Easy to Install, Visual Rollover Warning for Lift Equipment

1017 Inclinometer Series

Rieker Inc designs and manufacturers "ball-in-tube" curved liquid filled vial inclinometers using precise glass tube and ball construction with engraved markings and customer specified color warning zones.

All our tubes are filled with a special damping fluid that controls the movement of the ball, providing the industry's best roll for smooth accurate readings. The fluid combined with large, clear number and degree markings make it easy to get quick, accurate readings under a wide variety of severe environmental conditions.

One of our “ball-in-tube” models that continues to set the bar for early warning devices is the 1017. It provides ±10º range with degree markings in 2º or more precise 1º increments. Available with up to 3 color warning zones (Green (G0)/Yellow (Warning) /Red (No Go)) these inclinometers greatly improve the vehicle operator’s ability to detect dangerous roll over situations before equipment damage or injury can happen.

The 1017 is typically mounted in the operator cab of an off-road forklift (or material hander) in a clear line of sight – this quickly helps operators identify when they are transcending too great a slope for the equipment in an effort to prevent a 'tip over' (or side to side roll over). 1017’s are also mounted on the rear of bucket/utility trucks or aerial ladder rigs in order to determine platform level prior to raising the boom. These MIL SPEC instruments are painted with customer specified color warning zones to quickly identify the recommended safety limits for tilt set forth by the Original Equipment Manufacturer.

Commonly used on utility trucks, aerial lift trucks, fire/rescue vehicles, off-road fork lifts, crawler cranes, construction equipment, aircraft, boats, military and government vehicles for monitoring platform level, boom angle, and preventing tip-over. The 1017 is a simple, cost effective way to comply with OSHA, ANSI, and NFPA standards and/or regulations specifying the need for a visual angle indicator (inclinometer) on lift equipment.

Rieker® Instrument Company, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of accurate, rugged, weatherproof inclinometers and tilt indicating instruments, since 1917. Rieker’s full line of tilt switches and inclinometers can be seen at