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Top 10 OSHA Safety Violations In 2010

December 15, 2010 1 comment

In 2010 OSHA issued over 94,000 citations for safety related violations.  They announced the top 10 violations and causes at the National Safety Council’s 2010 Congress and Expo.  These top 10 offences accounted for nearly half of the total violations for the year.  At the top of the list: scaffolding, fall protection, hazard communication, and respiratory protection violations.  

OSHA’s Most Cited Safety Violations of 2010

  1. Scaffolding: 9,093 violations – Scaffolding violations and accidents are most commonly attributed to improper use that results in the plank giving way, the employee falling off, or an object falling on top of the person.
  2. Fall Protection: 6,771 violations – Fall protection violations occur whenever a person is 4 feet above the ground without proper safety measures. Fall protection must be provided at four feet in general industry, five feet in maritime and six feet in construction
  3. Hazard Communication: 6,378 violations – Manufacturers and movers of hazardous materials must evaluate, label, and provide MSDS for each product.
  4. Respiratory Protection: 3,803 violations – Respirators help to protect against unhealthy breathing environments. This can be caused by insufficient oxygen, dust, vapors, gasses, fiberglass and more.
  5. Ladders: 3,072 violations – 8 percent of all occupational fatalities are due to falls.
  6. Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout: 3,321 violations – “Lockout-Tag out” refers to locking the on/off power switch while working with high current electrical devices.
  7. Electrical – Wiring Methods: 3,079 violations – Electrical hazards are present for those who work directly and also indirectly with or near dangerous electrical lines.
  8. Powered Industrial Trucks: 2,993 violations – Many employees are injured by driving powered industrial trucks off of loading docks, into ditches or by being struck by trucks while working.
  9. Electrical – General: 2,556 violations – Working with electricity is always hazardous. Many employees are injured during routine electrical maintenance and install.
  10. Machine Guarding: 2,364 violations – Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be labeled and safeguarded.
Categories: Aztec Rental

October Shows Increase In Construction Spending

December 6, 2010 1 comment

Associated General Contractors of America reports construction spending up 0.7 percent in October. Rise was driven by power projects and public construction.  Still waiting on a significant private sector increase.

Total construction spending increased by 0.7 percent in October, driven largely by growing demand for power projects and public construction, the Associated General Contractors of America noted today in an analysis of new Census Bureau data. The new data, however, indicated continued weakness in many construction categories, including private nonresidential and single family construction, association officials observed.

Full Press Release: AGC of America

Categories: News

AEM Updates Mower Safety Manual

December 6, 2010 6 comments

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has extensively updated its industrial/agricultural mower safety manual – both the English only and Spanish/English versions. Types of equipment covered include rotary, folding wing rotary, flail, boom and sickle bar mowers as well as disc mowers, disc mower conditioners and self-propelled windrowers. (The AEM “disc mower” manual is now obsolete.)

The AEM Industrial/Agricultural Mower Safety Manual was developed under the direction of the association’s Industrial/Agricultural Mower Manufacturers Council. AEM safety manuals outline common sense “do’s and don’ts” in clear language and an easy-to-follow format, and they are a convenient and cost-effective way to provide in-house safety training.

The manual covers current industry practice in machine design and construction as well as up-to-date industry safety best practices for equipment preparation, operation, maintenance and transport. Enhancements include an expanded “safe maintenance” section, with a new section discussing mower blade maintenance; expanded discussion of “mower thrown objects” and “slope operation”; and use of newer safety design features and enhanced operator protection systems.

Full Article: Green Industry Pros

Categories: Landscaping

Holiday Tip: Santa’s Wonderland College Station Texas

December 3, 2010 4 comments

Parents want to give your kids a great holiday experience?

Better yet, Fellas we are going to do you a solid.  You take this and suggest it to your family, kids or significant other and you will look like a hero in your kids eyes, earn some monster brownie points with your significant other or maybe even get you a second date.

SANTA’S WONDERLAND in College Station, Texas.

With a spectacular and creative drive through light tour and the entertainment, food and shopping in Santa’s Town there is nothing they left out of this Texas holiday experience.  You can take pictures with Santa, sit around a camp fire, watch a holiday movie, listen to some tunes and even ride a mechanical bull if you have the nerve. 

Ok that’s all you’re getting, we don’t want to give away too much.  Just take our word for it, It’s worth the visit!

You can thank us later.

Here is the website: Santa’s-Wonderland

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Purina Making A Difference With Rewards Program

December 1, 2010 1 comment
Have you signed up for The Purina Difference™ Rewards Program yet?
 
 

As a member of the Purina Difference™ Rewards Program, you have access to the following benefits:

  • Quarterly Coupons on the Purina® Feeds you use every day
  • A Rewards Program membership card. 
  • A behind the scenes look at new products coming out of our LongView Animal Nutrition Center. 
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  • And Much More!

For more information on the program and to register click here.

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U.S. Economic Recovery Looks To Texas As Leader

December 1, 2010 1 comment

The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program reports Texas is one of the leaders in economic recovery.

Four Texas metropolitan areas — Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio — dominate the top 15 U.S. cities in a global study to determine the level of cities’ recovery from the recession.

The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program report ranks 150 cities: 50 in the United States, 50 in Europe and 50 in the rest of the world. Austin was the highest-ranked U.S. city and No. 26 in the world. Dallas ranks as the No. 4 U.S. city and No. 39 in the world. San Antonio ranks No. 11 in the U.S. and No. 51 in the world.

Houston is ranked No. 15 in the U.S. and No. 61 in the world, according to the report, Global MetroMonitor, which received assistance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

San Antonio, Houston and Dallas rose in global rankings during the past two years from their pre-recession rankings. Austin stayed about the same, ranking No. 25 among the 150 metro areas before the recession.

The report found that income and job growth in metro areas exceed those of their nations as a whole, which means large cities are leading the global recovery from the 2007-09 recession.

The cities recovering the fastest are outside the United States. Twenty-nine of the 30 best-recovering cities are outside the U.S., with only Austin making that group.

Metro areas in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East are making the strongest recoveries. The top five, in order, are: Istanbul, Turkey; Shenzhen, China; Lima, Peru; Singapore; and Shanghai, China.

Read More: Chron.com – Texas Dominates Economic Recovery Rankings

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