“Confined Spaces – Supervisor Safety Tip Series” #ConfinedSpace #Safety

Developed by Vivid’s Chief Safety Officer Jill James, a former OSHA inspector, this series examines real hazards in real work environments. This safety tip video explains ways to stay safe while working with Confined Spaces.

Confined spaces are enclosed or partially enclosed spaces of a size such that a worker can squeeze entry for performing assigned work through a narrow opening—they’re tough to get in and out of, tight spaces. These spaces are normally only entered to perform specific tasks and then barricaded to prevent unauthorized access.

As an example, think of a large tank used for holding liquid. Sometimes, these storage units or big containers need to be cleaned out, so you send a worker to get inside and they’re completely surrounded by walls of the structure, with only a small entry/exit hatch for escape if things go awry. Confined spaces create the ideal conditions for the onset of claustrophobia. Confined spaces can be large or small and above or below ground.

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Source: Vivid Learning Systems


“Miller Fall Protection Safety Webinar” & “Fall Clearance Calculator App”

Miller Fall Protection Webinar

When working at height, it is important to know your fall clearance and swing fall, whether using a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline. Calculating your fall clearance and swing fall is critical to your safety. The Miller Fall Clearance Calculator App gives workers who work at heights, the ability to quickly calculate the required fall clearance for Shock Absorbing Lanyards and Self-Retracting Lifelines, including swing fall.

Download the New Miller Fall Clearance Calculator App by Honeywell : Download link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/miller-fall-clearance-calculator/id971198656?mt=8

Miller Fall App

3M “DB​I-SALA® Lad-Saf™ (Tower Ladder Safety) Sleeve – Stop Use and Voluntary Recall / Replacement”

DBI SALA® Lad Saf™ Sleeve – Stop Use and Voluntary Recall   Replacement

After more than 30 years of use in the fall protection industry, the original Lad-Saf™ sleeve has been replaced by a completely redesigned next generation Lad-Saf sleeve. Capital Safety/3M recently reviewed the performance of the original Lad-Saf sleeve in the field, including a limited number of incidents involving a serious injury or death in the United States while using the sleeve.

Although our review did not reveal product hazard or risk scenarios that would arise in the ordinary and proper use of the product, it did reveal potential misuse scenarios that could result in serious injury or death.

The potential misuse scenarios include interference with the braking mechanism (such as entanglement with cords, lanyards, clothing or other materials, or grasping the sleeve prior to or during a fall), or result from the user attaching the sleeve upside down (user inversion). No safety regulator has made a finding that the design of the original Lad-Saf sleeve is defective. At 3M, customer safety and confidence are high priorities. In light of the reported incidents and potential misuse scenarios, we have discontinued sale of the original Lad-Saf sleeve, and are voluntarily initiating a full recall of all original Lad-Saf sleeves.

At 3M, customer safety and confidence are high priorities. In light of reported incidents and potential misuse scenarios involving the original Lad-Saf sleeve, 3M has discontinued sale of the original sleeve, and is voluntarily recalling all original Lad-Saf sleeves.

Please click on the link to take you to the Stop Use and Recall/Replacement Notice (English) (Spanish).



“Safety Photo of the Day” – “Who Should Be Tied Off In This Photo?”

Who Should Be Wearing Fall Protection &  Tied Off In This Photo?


OSHA issued a letter of interpretation that addresses the requirements for use of a body-restraint system on aerial lifts (body restraint is required) versus scissor-lifts (body restraint not required as long as standard guardrails are in place). One last thing about scissor-lifts to keep in mind; in some cases, the manufacturer of a scissor-lift may install a tie-off point(s) in the work platform. In those cases, you should consult their instructions for recommendations as to when it might be necessary to tie-off while using their equipment.
Why is fall protection important?

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.

What can be done to reduce falls?

Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in longshoring operations. In addition, OSHA requires that fall protection be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance.

To prevent employees from being injured from falls, employers must:

  • Guard every floor hole into which a worker can accidentally walk (using a railing and toe-board or a floor hole cover).
  • Provide a guard rail and toe-board around every elevated open sided platform, floor or runway.
  • Regardless of height, if a worker can fall into or onto dangerous machines or equipment (such as a vat of acid or a conveyor belt) employers must provide guardrails and toe-boards to prevent workers from falling and getting injured.
  • Other means of fall protection that may be required on certain jobs include safety harness and line, safety nets, stair railings and hand rails.

OSHA requires employers to:

  • Provide working conditions that are free of known dangers.
  • Keep floors in work areas in a clean and, so far as possible, a dry condition.
  • Select and provide required personal protective equipment at no cost to workers.
  • Train workers about job hazards in a language that they can understand.
Additional Fall Protection Resources

“Update Your Fall Protection Program Now: Apply New ANSI Z359 Equipment Standards “

With recent and forthcoming changes to the ANSI Z359 fall protection code, the landscape of the fall protection industry is changing. Although OSHA still sets and enforces the law regarding fall protection, the outdated nature of the existing regulations forces organizations to look to ANSI for guidance on current best practices and equipment.

As in any other industry, manufacturers of fall protection equipment are continuously innovating to meet the needs of their customer base. While even ANSI can’t keep pace with this rate of change, the Z359 family of standards outlines the most current best practices for fall protection. The changes that have been made to the ANSI standards in the past five years can—and, in my opinion, should—have a significant impact on an organization’s fall protection program.

It is, however, important to note that the updates to the ANSI Z359 standards make equipment and practices safer. This is not to say equipment that meets older standards is inherently unsafe. Equipment that meets newer standards is safer because it reflects design and application changes based on updated testing and feedback on usage. This is why training is so important for any equipment: Your workers need to know the use and limitations of equipment. And you need to stress to your workers that engineering controls always should be considered before equipment because equipment-based systems have so many opportunities to fail.

One of the most impactful changes to the ANSI Fall Protection Code is the ANSI Z359.2 standard, which outlines how to develop and maintain a comprehensive managed fall protection program. From a holistic standpoint, this standard can have the greatest impact on the overall success of a fall protection program because it addresses far-reaching items, such as policy development, hazard identification, procedures, and training. These may seem like standard items for a program, but it is where we have seen many organizations struggle, especially in the hazard identification area.

Read the rest of the article here: https://ohsonline.com/Articles/2014/01/01/Update-Your-Fall-Protection-Program-Now.aspx?m=2&Page=2

Download the latest ANSI Z359 Standard here: http://www.asse.org/assets/1/14/Z359_0_2012wm1.pdf

Source: OHS Online & LJB, Inc.

About the Author: Thomas Kramer, PE, CSP, is a principal with LJB Inc. and currently serves as the president of the International Society for Fall Protection, as well as subcommittee chairman for two ANSI Z359 committees on active fall protection. He can be reached at TKramer@LJBinc.com.


“St. Anne, Illinois Couple Markets “#Krusepak”, A New Firefighter’s Air Pack Aid As Seen On NBC’s Chicago Fire TV Series” #NBCChicagoFire


Trevor Allen and battalion chief Dave Ciarrocchi chief listen as Tiffany and Dave Kruse demonstrate the capabilities of the ‘Krusepak’. Dave Kruse, a Kankakee Fire Department lieutenant, developed the invention to assist his fellow firefighters.

By:Dennis Yohnka
815-937-3384 | 4/20/2015

You can’t draw a straight line from a firefighter’s death in North Carolina to a St. Anne family that can’t afford a vacation, and onto the set of the TV show “Chicago Fire.”

Those unlikely scenes, though, are part of the personal history David and Tiffany Kruse, of St. Anne, are offering as they explain the evolution of an idea. It’s a brainstorm that might become one of the firefighting industry’s most unexpected success stories.

“I first had this idea back in 2011, but I thought it was just a pipe dream,” David said. He was referring to his plan for a specially-designed strap that would allow firefighters to carry extra air tanks as they entered a smokey building. Under physical stress, a single tank will last only 12 to 17 minutes. Having a handy spare, while keeping the firefighters’ hands free, could be the difference between life and death.

“I read the report of that fire captain in North Carolina. He died in a fire in a five-story medical building,” he said. “The smoke got heavy on the third floor. They had to get to the fifth floor. He ran out of air.”

After two prototypes, the Kruses found a concept they could market. They started the expensive process to obtain a patent, and began the painfully sluggish journey to firehouse acceptance.

“The slowness discourages him,” Tiffany said. “In some cases we have to get approved vendor status, and that takes time. In other cases things can move faster than we imagine.”

For example, the Chicago Fire Department has yet to approve purchases of what has been labeled the Krusepak. Meanwhile, on the set of Chicago Fire, the new gear has made its way into three episodes, with a fourth coming out in May.

“They were even going to use the name, Krusepak, in the script,” Tiffany added. “But there’s a character on the show named ‘Cruz,’ so they thought it might be confusing.”

Maybe the TV appearance sparked extra interest, but the Kruses are getting calls now from as far away as Japan. Departments — including those in Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles County — are checking out demo units. Several area departments and South Suburban stations are already using the Krusepaks, including Kankakee City, where David has worked for the past 13 years.

“I’m working full time there, and I have some shifts in Monee,” said David, 37. “So, I see the family just about every day, but I don’t have a lot of time to get out and market this.”

“And I feel like a single mom, sometimes, but I’m working on getting the demos out and filling orders, and planning our booth,” Tiffany said, referring to a major firefighters conference coming up in Indianapolis.

With legal costs for the patent now exceeding $25,000, and a $5,000 check needed to reserve the booth at Indy, the Kruses are hoping for some financial rewards down the road.

“Right now, I’m sure the mortgage company is worried about their payment,” she said. “We’ve put our life savings into this. This is getting a little stressful.”

“Really, though, this [product development] ride has been fantastic. It’s something most people will never do,” David said. “I’m lucky: I really enjoy working with my wife on this. And I totally believe that we’re going to succeed, if we keep working on it.”

That workload includes expanding the uses for the Krusepak. While it was initially thought of as a tool for working high-rise fires, it’s being used by rural departments, too. It facilitates bringing extra equipment to a fire that requires a long walk to the site. The Krusepak also adapts for use in auto and truck extrications, scuba rescues and other circumstances.

“I remember thinking this whole idea is too easy. It’s too simple,” David said. “But I’ve done a lot of research and there’s nothing out there like this out there.”

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/st-anne-couple-markets-new-firefighters-aid/article_0ff3951b-052a-5e9d-9515-5f3097fb5b18.html?mode=jqm

Source: The Daily Journal, Kankakee, Illinois. 

“Miller Fall Clearance Calculator App & Fall Arrest PPE Safety Webinar”

Miller Fall Protection Webinar

When working at height, it is important to know your fall clearance and swing fall, whether using a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline. Calculating your fall clearance and swing fall is critical to your safety. The Miller Fall Clearance Calculator App gives workers at height the ability to quickly calculate the required fall clearance for Shock Absorbing Lanyards and Self-Retracting Lifelines, including swing fall.

Download New Miller Fall Clearance Calculator by Honeywell : Download link:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/miller-fall-clearance-calculator/id971198656?mt=8

Miller Fall App

“iPhone App Helps Illinois Farm Workers To Locate Nearest Grain Rescue Tube”

More than 900 grain bin-related deaths have occurred in the U.S. since 1964, but now there’s an app to help lessen that number, according to Illinois Corn.

The Illinois Grain Rescue Tube Locator app, built by the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois, was designed as a way for rescue workers to more easily locate farmers who were stuck in grain bins. The app is powered by GPS technology and allows for rescue crews to get to the farmer more quickly than in the past.

As of now, the free app has a map for Illinois grain rescue tubes. In the future, other states may design similar databases.

Click link to download App! : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/illinois-grain-rescue-tube/id886702834?mt=8

Illinois Grain Rescue Tube Locator on the App Store on iTunes 2015-01-24 14-35-58

Man Confirmed Dead In Grain Bin Accident In Genoa, Illinois – May 5, 2014 – [Raw Video]


Emergency crews pulled the body of a 73-year-old man from a grain bin on an Illinois farm Monday afternoon after a frantic rescue effort.

Around 1 p.m., authorities had begun emptying the grain bin at Madey Farms in Genoa after reports that a man may be stuck inside.

Several hours later, crews removed the body from the grain bin and placed it in a waiting ambulance. Authorities later confirmed that he had died.

DeKalb County Police said a family member found the man’s truck next to the full, 10,000- to 12,000-bushel bin but couldn’t locate him.

He had been working on the bin because it was reportedly clogged, police said.

The 73-year-old man reportedly worked on the Genoa-Kingston Fire Department for several years.

Genoa is located about 25 miles east of Rockford, Illinois.

Make Grain Bin Safety A Priority – Grain Bin Safety Week

Led by a national agriculture-oriented insurance carrier, with support from a few grain companies, an initiative is under way this week to draw attention to grain bin safety.

Designated as Grain Bin Safety Week, this is the first year of a formal observance.  It is quite appropriate for it to be held at this time of year and it comes none too soon.

The entire focus is designed to ensure that anyone who enters a grain bin comes out of that grain bin alive.  That is not always the case.

Headlines earlier this month told the story of an international grain company with a facility in Western Illinois that was held responsible for the deaths of two teens who suffocated in a bin full of corn.  A third co-worker, who was partially trapped in the grain, escaped with his life.

A bin full of grain is quite similar to a rock; it doesn’t do much until it is unloaded. And just like a rock rolling down a mountain, it can cause a landslide with horrific results. Flowing grain is a fluid that can and will drown anyone that might be pulled into the undertow. One’s chest is compressed from the weight. Breathing is prevented. And there is no opportunity to even dial a cell phone to summon help.  Escape isn’t an option.

Federal laws administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can levy heavy penalties when grain elevator workers don’t have the proper harness, training, observers and written permission to enter a grain bin.  When OSHA began to nibble at grain handling operations that looked more like farms than commercial elevators, Congress quickly told OSHA inspectors not to go there under any circumstances.

Bins are the same on farms as they are at elevators.  Grain is the same. And the physics of flowing grain do not change with the name on the mailbox.  While OSHA may not be allowed to inspect on-farm grain handling operations, there is another enforcer that might wield even more authority and impact – the farm wife.  And if only she knew the chances that husbands and sons take when trying to get grain to flow out of a grain bin.

At this time of year, when the temperature usually begins to warm up, changes occur in a grain bin. This is particularly true if the grain has a higher percentage of moisture from an unusually wet harvest like last year.  Moisture and warmer temperatures encourage mold growth and grain kernels congeal and will not flow out of a bin into an auger or conveyor system as it should.

Walking on crusted grain over a void in a grain bin or trying to loosen grain stuck to a bin wall only invites a visit by the coroner and recovery personnel from the local fire department.  The side of a bin is cut open and grain is pulled out until a body is visible.

Entrapments reached a high of 57 in 2010 after the wet harvest of 2009.  This year is parallel to 2010, because of the wet harvest of 2013. Elevator managers report grain is being delivered from farm bins at much higher moisture than farmers realized.  It is too cold now for mold to grow, but after a few 50-degree days the bin will bloom.

There will be deaths this year, both in farm bins and at grain elevators.  Hard working folks will not come home for supper.  That is the reason for the designation of Grain Bin Safety Week. Farm wives need to be aware and adopt their own set of OSHA rules.

Stu Ellis is an observer of the Central Illinois agriculture scene. Keep up with him on his blog at: http://herald-review.com/blogs/stu_ellis/

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