AZ Heat Awareness Week: Precautions for Summer Heat Exposure

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Summer in Arizona means only one thing — temperatures are on the rise. Working outdoors in the summer heat without proper precautions can be excruciating, and oftentimes, life-threatening. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some even die. Yet, we rely on outdoor workers in the construction, agriculture, transportation and emergency response industries all year long. Continue reading

Arizona ranks in Top 10 for pedestrian deaths

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Arizona places No. 6 for the highest number of pedestrians killed in traffic-related incidents.

The NHTSA’s latest complete number for 2014, show 4,743 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 76,000 were injured in traffic crashes, a 6 percent increase compared to 2011. This translates to an average of one pedestrian being killed every two hours in traffic crashes and one being injured every seven minutes.

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Crane operator certification requirements pushed back

The deadline for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule has been extended three years by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This means the deadline is now Nov. 10, 2017.

OSHA’s extension also means the employers’ responsibility to ensure crane operators are proficient in safe practices is pushed back three years.

“During the three-year period, OSHA will address operator qualification requirements for the cranes standards including the role of operator certification,” the agency said in a recent press release. “The final cranes and derricks rule required crane operators on construction sites to meet one of four qualification/certification options by Nov. 10, 2014. After publishing the final rule, a number of parties raised concerns about the Standard’s requirement to certify operators by type and capacity of crane and questioned whether crane operator certification was sufficient for determining whether an operator could operate their equipment safely on a construction site.”

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