Philip Siegel of Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel would like all of NERCA’s members to be aware that the new Massachusetts Non-compete law affects any non-compete signed after October 1, 2018. He has written a guest contribution to inform members of the new law. Continue reading “Massachusetts Enacts New Noncompetition Law”
The new federal Crane Operator Certification Rule is effective November 2018. Check out this guidance document created by NERCA regarding the federal rule, state license laws, and third party certification!
MSA, a manufacturer of safety products, has implemented a recall of all green MSA V-Gard Protective Caps due to the occurance of cracking without and impact.
In an email to those currently registered as hot works trainers, the NFPA announced that Massachusetts has recently amended their state fire prevention regulations to require anyone performing hot work to have successfully completed the NFPA program.
The NFPA also stated that they would be setting up a database for verifying who has completed the training requirements. Starting on June 18, 2018, the database will be available at www.nfpa.org/hotwork-lookup where users can find the first and last name, city/town and state of residence, certificate number, and successful exam date. The database will not include information on people who have taken the class, but have not passed the exam or earned their certificate.
For those who have already passed the course, no action is required, but for those who haven’t, they will have until July 1, 2018 to comply.
NERCA is a certified hot works training provider with the help of Contractors Risk Management (CRM). We would be happy to offer an additional hot works course if there is sufficient interest. Courses for individual contractors may have fees associated with the use of CRM, however NERCA might also offer courses if there is sufficient interest.
If any of our members require training, please contact the Association office or email email@example.com.
MSA a manufacturer of personal protective equipment has issued a safety recall on its Gravity Welder Harnesses. Affected Harnesses are marked with one of the following part numbers and a manufacturing date from July 2015 through and including January 2018.
10151154 | 10158954 | 10158956 | 10158957
OSHA inspectors finished 32,396 inspections in FY 17. That’s up 1.4% from 2016 when there were the fewest inspections conducted in 20 years. Both are still well below peak years of the Obama administration, when the agency conducted more than 40,600 inspections in both fiscal 2011 and 2012.
Thank you to all those who attended our Fall Golf Outing at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, MA!
You can check out our photo album on Facebook HERE
And a special thank you to our sponsors!
The North East Roofing Educational Foundation would like to thank our Fall Golf Outing sponsors
ABC Supply Company, Inc.
A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply
Allied Building Products Corp.
Atlantic Asphalt & Equipment Co., Inc.
Boston Roofing Contractors Association
Canopy Roofing Systems
Carlisle SynTec Systems
DP Carney Construction, Inc.
JP Carroll Construction, Inc.
Joseph T. Cazeault & Sons, Inc.
Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.
Eastern Architectural Reps
Firestone Building Products
Hurley Construction & Roofing Company, Inc.
J&S Building Exteriors, Inc.
Lincoln Equipment Associates, Inc.
Marshall Roofing & Sheet Metal Company, Inc.
North Bridge Building Products
North/East Roofing Contractors Association
Northstar Construction Services Corp.
O’Lyn Contractors, Inc.
OMG Roofing Products
Peck Brothers LLC
Rockwell Roofing, Inc.
Royal Adhesives & Sealants
John F. Shea Company, Inc.
Silver Roofing, Inc.
Max Sontz Roofing Services, Inc.
SRC Roofing Inc.
Vanguard Organization, Inc.
We’d also like to congratulate the winners!
First Place – 61
Mark Puleo Steve Amoroso Kevin Malloy Rick Nelson
Tie – Second Place – 62
Tom Gunning Skip Gentile Paul Cappello Jay Curry
Tie – Second Place – 62
Rich MacKenzie Jeff Hunt Eric Asikainen Chris Quercia
Closest to the Pin
UPDATE: For those who need a list of Continuing Education Courses and Providers,
The Association was notified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, that the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) approved certain changes to construction supervisor license continuing education requirements. These changes will become effective on January 1, 2018.
The current continuing education requirement is to complete the following amount of hours over a two year period.
- Construction Supervisors License (CS) – 12 Hours
- Construction Supervisors License (1-2 Family Dwellings) (CSFA) – 10 Hours
- Construction Supervisor Specialty License (CSSL) – 6 Hours
Now there are requirements for these licenses regarding the amount of hours that must be spent on specific topical categories such as:
- Code Review – 4 hours for CS and CSFA; 2 hours for CSSL
- Workplace Safety – 1 hour for all
- Business Practices – 1 hour for all
- Energy – 1 hour for all
- Lead Safe Practices – 1 hour for 1st renewal
In addition, there are new restrictions on the amount of training that each license category may take online. Now CS and CSFA licensees may only take a maximum of 6 hours of online continuing education for credit. CSSL may complete all 6 hours of their training online if they wish. However, online courses are also required to administer pop quizzes every 30 minutes and a final exam to ensure that attendees are paying attention and active on the seminar.
For more information on MA CSL and continuing education credits, please contact the Association office, or visit the Mass.gov webpage here.
During the DOT webinar in September, Bruce Lawler of CRM mentioned that it was possible for companies to review their driver and fleet history through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website.
Several of our attendees told us that they would be interested in learning how to access their score. Anyone can easily look up a publicly accessible database with their Safety Measurement System (SMS) Score by navigating to THIS WEBSITE and entering in the name or DOT# of the business they are looking for.
However, this is not as detailed as the information that is accessible by logging into the SMS itself. Owners and employees can log into the SMS HERE.
For companies that have not created a FMCSA account, you can create one HERE. To create an account, you will need your USDOT # as well as a FMCSA issues PIN to establish your online account.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Association office at 781-849-0555 and don’t forget a copy of the webinar is available in the members section if you need a refresher!
3M Fall Protection (formerly Capital Safety) has received field reports of broken end-posts (also known as Lead Energy Absorbing Posts, or “LEAP posts”) used in roof-mounted EvolutionTM Horizontal Lifeline Systems. 3M has launched a global Stop Use – Field Service Action to address this situation. The same Evolution end-posts are also used in Free Standing Counterweight Anchor systems. There have been no reports of fall-related injuries associated with this condition.