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”

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”

How to Work Safely with Silica

Silica, often referred to as quartz, is found in many materials common on construction sites, including soil, sand, concrete, masonry, rock, granite, and landscaping materials. The dust created by cutting, grinding, drilling or otherwise disturbing these materials can contain crystalline silica particles which create a potential health hazard. Continue reading “How to Work Safely with Silica”

Your Responsibilities Under the Building Codes

The Banker and Tradesman had a timely opinion piece from the law firm Bowditch and Dewey which laid out a recent Massachusetts Appeals Court decision. Downey v. Chutehall Construction Co., Ltd. was a case in which a roofing contractor was hired to install a new rubber membrane over the existing roof.  Several years after the work was completed, it was discovered that there were four layers of roofing materials even though the code only allows two layers on a building. Continue reading “Your Responsibilities Under the Building Codes”