DigSafe Training Registration Link

Thanks to Danielle White, Safety Coordinator for Cardi Corporation

The last few SAFER meetings we have been discussing the upcoming DigSafe training information to be put up on the SAFER web page.  Below is the registration link for the DigSafe Training Seminar being hosted by National Grid and CIRI on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln.

Through this link, companies will be able to register the number of attendees they will be sending.  Please keep in mind, most companies send a maximum of about twenty.  Keeping the number per company lower, allows for other companies to have availability to send their people.

Please let me or Dianna Bernard know if you have any questions.


January’s Meeting

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 10:0 to AM.
Location: Hall of Fame Room (2nd floor), New England Institute of Technology, 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI.

From Bob Kunz:


The January meeting topic will be led by Tom Ducharme, of Manafort Brothers Inc. As NUCARI is sponsoring the event, we thought that excavation and work zone safety would be fitting topics. We hope you can join us to kick-off the new year together.

As a follow-up to the December meeting, I have attached two documents that might further prepare you for an OSHA inspection. You may recall that we reviewed the OSHA website resources sources on this subject.

What to do When OSHA Investigator Knocks at Your Door

Procedure No. 5.009 OSHA Inspection Flow Chart – Report Template

Finally, the holiday season can be difficult and stressful for a number of reasons. For this reason, I have provided some resource information below pertaining to active listening and BHLINK.

See you in 2020!






December Meeting

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 8:00 AM-10:00 AM at the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) 2480 Post Road, Warwick, RI 2nd Floor Hall of Fame Room.

From Bob Kunz:

Team SAFER, we hope that you enjoyed a healthy and rejuvenating holiday with your family and friends. As we head into the beginning of a new week, we find our driveways, roadways, company parking lots and projects with snow on the ground. Please use caution shoveling and driving.

This months meeting will include discussions pertaining to the following topics:
• Winter weather
• OSHA video resources https://www.osha.gov/video/
• OSHA leading indicators resource page https://www.osha.gov/leadingindicators/
• Use of technology to support safety programs and decision making

The meeting is sponsored by Northeast Tree Services, Inc.

Please accept the meeting in your emailed notice to RSVP. If you did not receive an email notice of this meeting and wish to attend please notify Bob Kunz to RSVP.


OSHA Announces Temporary Enforcement Policy for CIC Crane Certificate

From OSHA: The Crane Institute Certification (CIC) had been previously accredited by an organization that appeared to meet the requirement of 29 CFR 1926.1427(d).

However, CIC has informed OSHA it is not currently accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. CIC also stated that it expects to receive that accreditation within the next few months. Therefore, operator certifications currently being issued by CIC do not meet the requirements of OSHA’s standard.

Review OSHA’s “Temporary Enforcement Policy- Certification Issued by Crane Institute Certification” memorandum here.

Crosby Shackle Recall

THE CROSBY GROUP has determined the above listed shackles may have a condition that can reduce the ultimate load capacity from the published catalog values. The shackle bow may have a previously undetected defect, and continued use may result in loss of load, property damage, severe injury, or death.

By use of the Production Identification Code (PIC) symbols appearing on the product, we have determined the 7/8” 6.5t shackles with PIC 5VJ shown on the bow may have this condition. See below image showing the position of the PIC on the bow. No other sizes or PICs are part of this Important Safety Notice.

See full recall notice here.

November Meeting

The next meeting is Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:00 AM-10:00 AM.

It will be held at the New England Institute of Technology 2480 Post Road 2nd Floor Hall of Fame Room (parking in rear of building).

From Bob:

Over the past few months, we have discussed emergency action, or crisis response planning. It has been a quiet room, which suggests that more discussion is prudent.  There is no shortage of events in the national news, for example:  wildfire, building and tower crane collapse, and shootings.  But, as we all know, an event doesn’t have to elevate to national news for it to become an emergency or crisis. This month, we thought it might be helpful to learn how the State of RI is planning for emergencies.

To that end, the RIDOH Center for Emergency Preparedness will be discussing the following:

  *   The Center for Emergency Preparedness

  *   The RI Medical Emergency Distribution System

  *   The RI Special Needs Emergency Registry

The program will be lead by Travis Vendetti, BS, Assistant Medical Countermeasures Program Director, Center for Emergency Preparedness & Response, Rhode Island Department of Health

Following the RIDOH presentation we will open the room up to a roundtable discussion regarding the safety and health program activities that delivery the greatest value and that promote active engagement by works and management.

This month’s coffee and calories is being  provided by Manafort Brothers, Inc.

Please RSVP.

Remember bring a story, bring a friend.

October’s Meeting

The next SAFER meeting will be held on October 3, 2019 from 8 AM-10 AM at the New England Institute of Technology, (NEIT), 2480 Post Road, Warwick, RI.

From Bob Kunz:
Team SAFER, we are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Here is the line-up:

• Opening

• OSHA update
o Silica standard Table 1 RFI comment period ends 10/14/19 : https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/trade/08142019
o Leading indicator stakeholder meeting 11/7/19 : https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/30/2019-21111/stakeholder-meeting-on-using-leading-indicators-to-improve-safety-and-health-outcomes

• NCCI experience modification rating discussion – AON, Chris Demas
o What is it?
o How is it calculated?
o Why does it matter?
o How is it used?
o Can it be managed?

• NSC opioid toolbox : https://www.nsc.org/pages/prescription-drug-employer-kit

Cardi Corp sponsoring the Coffee and Calories. Make safe (and healthy) choices today, tomorrow and always.


September Meeting Announcement

The next meeting will be held September 4, 2019, from 8-10 AM, at the New England Institute of Technology 2480 Post Road, Warwick, RI Hall of Fame Room (2nd Floor).

From Bob Kunz:

Team SAFER, ready or not the summer is coming to a close.  Where did it go?  We hope that you are able to join us for to kickoff the 2019-2020 learning series. 

Because we have so much to catch on, we elected to follow last years opening meeting with an open session.  Here is a look backward and forward:

Sept 2018 – Bullet points from my notes

  • Leading indicators
    • Do they support request for budget $s
  • Technology driving new ways to interface with medical community
    • Triage
    • Follow-up care
  • Ladder safety improved
    • Canvas bags for lunches provided by employer.
  • Mgt-Labor connection and Mobile training (van, tablet)
    • Near hit reporting increase
    • At risk observations decrease
    • Safer outcome
  • Hotline to HR
  • Incentivized use of observation APP
  • Complaint box or improvement box?

Sept 2019 – OpportunitiesRI sick time law – has it impacted schedule?

The way we imagine work vs. how it is performed -closing the gap

Workforce challenges

New technology

New equipment

Silica Table 1 – see OSHA RFI https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/trade/08142019

Product recalls – what is going on out there

Conney Safety Recall Resource Page

The coffee and calories for the September meeting are sponsored by AGI Construction Inc. – see link to website: https://www.agiconstruction.com/

We hope to see everyone next Wednesday!  Bring a friend…bring a story….

Miller MightEvac Stop Use Notice

Products included in this notice must be removed from use:
This notice only affects the models listed in Table 1, with identified manufacturing dates or re-certification dates between October 27, 2016 and October 6, 2018. Models outside of this date range, including new units, are not affected by this notice. Stop Use Notice