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MEETINGS AND EVENTS
NIETC SAFETY NEWSLETTER            October
2016 

IN THIS EDITION:

  • Meeting / Event Schedule
  • NECA Trade Show Revisited
  • Test Your Safety Knowledge & Answers
  • Safety Resource - NIOSH FACE Reports

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NECA Trade Show Revisited 

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It is hard to believe that another year has nearly passed since the 2015 NECA Convention.  In a few days, over 60 members and guests from our local NECA chapters, the NIETC, and a few supporting vendors will gather in Boston to experience a variety of educational and professional development programs, including one of my favorites, the Trade Show.


While there can be a bit of repetition with certain product lines, I have always found a number of new tools, materials and electrical installation methods to increase productivity and safety at the show.  However, there are new concepts which are sometimes difficult to see the application in our typical construction setting.  For those who were in San Francisco last year, do you recall seeing this young man?   


I don’t mean Jeff Holmes, but rather the man walking the show floor with the Ekso-Bionics exoskeleton frame, spring assist tool support.  


While fixed industry has employed the use of tool balancers and similar ergonomic devices, it seemed to me that donning this superhero looking harness on our job sites really wouldn’t be practical.


I could be wrong.  A recent study found measurable increases in productivity, work quality, and reduced fatigue when using exoskeleton devices during construction like tasks.  Furthermore, the author predicts these devices “will be widely used in people’s lives in 15 years.”   We will see.


In the meantime, other options are becoming available which provide similar benefits but are paired with mechanical equipment rather than being worn on the body.  United Rentals now offers aerial lifts, with manufacturer approved accessories, that can support a variety of tools used for overhead work or repetitive tasks.   


The Eksoaerial system is pictured here.
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I wouldn’t be surprised to find other options presented at the show this year. 


 Hope to see you there.


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Safety Resource -  NIOSH FACE Reports

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Nearly a dozen workers die almost every day in the U.S. as a result of a traumatic injury on the job. In order to identify the factors that contribute to these fatal injuries, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts investigations through its Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program. This information is used to develop comprehensive recommendations for preventing similar deaths.


A look at recent FACE reports reveals the details behind the accidents that claimed workers’ lives and can be used as tool box topics to remind your crews about similar hazards and prevention methods to employ at their worksites.


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OR-OSHA Construction Advisory Committee
10/04/16, 9:00 a.m. at Portland Field Office

NECA Safety Managers Meeting 
10/12/16, 11:30 a.m. at Xaviers

Joint Safety Committee Meeting
10/20/16, 2:00 p.m. at NIETC

Construction Safety Summit Meeting - Topic Excavation Hazards 
10/25/16


TEST YOUR SAFETY KNOWLEDGE

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Question:     
Under the new OSHA reporting rules, when a worker is taken to the hospital or clinic for medical treatment, employers must now notify OHSA within 24 hours.

Answer:
A - True
B - False
C - It depends on level of treatment

ANSWER TO PREVIOUS QUIZ QUESTION

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Question: 
How long are OSHA 10 or 30 training cards valid for?

Answer:
A - 3 years
B - 5 years
C - Forever - no expiration date
D - None of the above


About This Newsletter

Contact me if you have any questions or would like additional information about the newsletter topics.

Thank You
Barry Moreland
bmoreland@nietc.org
office # 503-501-5066





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