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.

FMCSA Safety Measurement System

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!

STOP USE – Evolution Leap Post

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.

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August is Safe Driving Awareness Month

From August 17th to September 5th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is promoting safe and sober driving. Initiatives like this have been hugely successful. Since 1973, drunk driving has declined by 80%! However, over the last 10 years there has been a spike in drug impairment of night weekend drivers. In that time, positive drug tests increased from 16.3% of drivers to 20%. Continue reading “August is Safe Driving Awareness Month”