Concrete Products

MAR 2016

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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10 • March 2016 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES The Occupational Safety and Health Admin- istration and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Partners have renewed their alliance to improve the safety and health of workers who manufacture and use cranes, hoists and monorails. During the five-year agreement, they will develop best practice fact sheets and training resources aimed at preventing worker exposures to electrical shock, electro- cution, falls from elevation and being struck- by moving equipment. The alliance will address new technol- ogy used in the crane, hoist and monorail industry; promote cooperative program initiatives including the National Safe- ty Stand-Down and protecting temporary workers; and, encourage a culture of safety within the industry including among small businesses and non- and limited English speaking workers. "Our alliance with CHM has been invaluable in helping to reduce and prevent serious or fatal incidents in the material handling industry," says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "We will con- tinue to focus on efforts and resources that implement best industry practices that help keep crane, hoist, and monorail operators safe and healthy." CHM Partners consist of Crane Manufac- turers Association of America, Hoist Man- ufacturers Institute and Monorail Manu- facturers Association. They are among 800 members of the Material Handling Institute, which was established in 1945 and is the nation's largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association. Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and profession- al organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, and to educate workers and employers about their rights and respon- sibilities. Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspec- tions or any other enforcement benefits. Among Alliance goals: raising awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Ini- tiatives; sharing information on National Emphasis Programs, regulatory agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemak- ing process; disseminating information on occupational safety and health laws and standards; and, presenting, exhibiting or appearing at OSHA or CHM Partner confer- ences, local meetings, or other events, such as ProMat, Modex, and semi-annual CMAA, HMI and MMA membership meetings. OSHA, crane interests sustain hazard prevention-focused partnership APP LOGS OPERATOR EXPERIENCE The SkillRecord mobile app enables skilled tradespeople to log their work experience and share it with peers, mentors and employ- ers. In Canada, the BC Association for Crane Safety (BCACS) sponsored the rollout of the SkillRecord logbook app for trainee and experienced operators. "Our goal is to create a community of skilled professionals who track workplace activity and share information to promote continued improvement of best practices— even after they are fully qualified," notes BCACS co-founder Gunnar Mardon. An earlier Web-based logbook has served members since 2011, he adds, while the new app represents a natural progression, extending the tool's use to smartphones and other mobile devices. SkillRecord eases and expedites the ability to capture such information as hours worked and equipment used; a check- list of common tasks is available for each type of lifting device or machine. The app also allows photos to be added to logbook entries. Once recorded, the app summarizes information by project, equipment type and date range. The summaries make it easy to review a trainee's progress or the experience of a potential new hire. "The industry needs qualified people who are mobile across jurisdictions," Mardon con- tends. "We think SkillRecord will help skilled workers demonstrate competence across jurisdictions and countries. An operator might join a large crane company and be required to travel from Edmonton to Houston, or Toronto or Vancouver to run a specific piece of equip- ment. SkillRecord mobilizes [documentation of] their skills and competence." SkillRecord is intended as a standalone logbook service, but can also provide other member functionality and be integrated with existing infrastructure. In the case of BCACS, SkillRecord is also used to help automate the administration of credentials for 10,000-plus crane operators. — SkillRecord Systems Inc., British Columbia, Canada;

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