3M DBI-SALA Fall Protection Recall

3M Fall Protection has detected a small quantity of DBI-SALA® 16 Ft. Talon™ Self Retracting Lifelines that are defective due to an assembly error. This notice only applies to the 16 ft version of the Talon; no other versions of the Talon are affected by this condition. There have been no reports of fall-related injuries associated with this condition. However, this assembly error would result in the unit not arresting a fall, which could result in serious injury or death. Continue reading “3M DBI-SALA Fall Protection Recall”

Contact NERCA for Hot Works Training

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 jferrante@nerca.org.

Energy Report with Bright News for Solar Industry

According to an analysis by the International Renewables Energy Agency (IRENA), the United States increased green energy jobs by 6% in 2015 to reach 769,000 jobs.  While this is a good trend in the US, it represents a small fraction of global renewable energy employment which is at 8.1 million jobs. Continue reading “Energy Report with Bright News for Solar Industry”

Infrastructure Funding Issues Lead to Work Stoppages

In 2015, Congress passed a 5-year $305 billion Infrastructure Bill.  It was the longest reauthorization approved in more than a decade after years of stopgap bills and half-measures that bankrupted the Highway Trust Fund and made states wary of committing matching funding. Despite this small win, experts estimate the total infrastructure needs at over $1 trillion dollars in immediate needs. As states deal with the meager funding doled out by the Federal government, many are grappling with the results.

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