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

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:

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

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Requests Information on Table 1 of the Silica Standard for Construction

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information and comment on Table 1 of the agency’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. OSHA seeks information on additional engineering and work practice control methods to effectively limit exposure to silica for the equipment and tasks currently listed on Table 1. The agency is also requesting information about other construction equipment and tasks that generate silica that it should consider adding to Table 1, along with information about their associated engineering and work practice control methods.

In addition, OSHA is seeking comments about whether to revise paragraph (a)(3) of the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry to broaden the circumstances under which general industry and maritime employers would be permitted to comply with Table 1 of the silica standard for construction.

Information submitted will allow OSHA to consider new developments and enhanced control methods for equipment that generates exposures to silica, and provide additional data on exposures to silica from equipment and tasks using a variety of control methods under different workplace conditions. Expanding Table 1 to include additional engineering and work practice control methods, equipment, and tasks could provide employers with more flexibility and reduce regulatory burdens while maintaining protections for employees.

If information submitted in response to this request indicates that revisions to the silica standards are needed, the agency will then publish the proposed revisions in the Federal Register for public comment.

Comments must be submitted by October 14, 2019. Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details.  

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for American working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

3M Rope Grab Recall

3M Fall Protection has determined that the 3M™ PROTECTA® Cobra Mobile/Manual Rope Grab AC202D is incorrectly stamped for use with 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter rope on the exterior body of the unit. This Cobra Rope Grab is certified for use ONLY with 5/8 inch diameter polyester or polypropylene rope. All marketing information and the Instructions for Use (IFU) for this rope grab correctly identify the size of rope to be used as 5/8 inch polyester/polypropylene rope.

June Meeting Follow Up

SAFER would like to thank both Peter Harrod, P.E. and Jeremy Souza from Code Red Consultants for their very informative briefing on NFPA 241 Implementation. They have kindly provided their briefing for SAFER members to review.

SAFER would also like to thank Capt. Andrew Went, Fire Prevention Division, City of Providence Fire Department for the information and support he provided on the City of Providence Fire Watch Permit (Hot Work) requirements.

We hope you have a safe summer and will see you in September.

The next meeting is Wednesday, June 5, 2019 8:00 AM-10:00 AM. It will be held in the Hall of Fame room, 2nd floor, New England Institute of Technology, 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886.

From Bob Kunz


We have an exciting program planned for the June meeting, as follows:
• NFPA 241 – Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations
Presented by: Peter Harrod, Principle for Code Red.
Note: Refer to City of Providence Guide to Permitting and State of RI Building Code – Section 101.4.6 refers to International Fire Code 2009 – Chapter 14 section 1401.1 refers to NFPA 241.

• City of Providence Fire Watch Permit (Hot Work)
Presented by: Capt. Andrew Went, Fire Prevention Division, City of Providence Fire Department.

The coffee and calories are sponsored by E.W. Audet and Sons, Inc.

Hope to see you at the June meeting.

May Meeting Update

Attached is a copy of the May meeting slides.

The next meeting is Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 8:00 – 10:00 AM. It will be held at the New England Institute of Technology 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI.

Meeting agenda is:
• ANSI A92 standards are changing at the end of the year. The changes are sweeping. Join Lance Courtemanche, Terex AWP/Genie, Senior Territory Sales Manager, Northeastern U.S. Field Team to recharge your knowledge. Review the the following article from Genie- Recap of the Pending ANSI/CSA Standards – Everything is Changing.
• Ladder selection and substandard use continue to contribute to Falls in Construction. Werner Ladders will introduce new ladder styles to enhance safety and productivity.

Thank you goes out to the AGC of RI for sponsoring the coffee and calories.

Work Zone Safety

The 2019 National Work Zone Awareness Week was conducted April 8-12. This year’s theme was “Drive Like You Work Here“. Although the awareness event is over it is never too late to spread safety-related information regarding hazards to both workers and drivers in work zones.

Two links available with Work Zone safety information are:

Drivers who’ve experienced traffic delays in work zones can help themselves be safer and reduce traffic by practicing “Zipper Merging.”

What is a zipper merge?
When a lane is closed in a construction zone, a zipper merge occurs when motorists use both lanes of traffic until reaching the defined merge area, and then alternate in “zipper” fashion into the open lane.

Zipper merge vs. early merge
When most drivers see the first “lane closed ahead” sign in a work zone, they slow too quickly and move to the lane that will continue through the construction area. This driving behavior can lead to unexpected and dangerous lane switching, serious crashes and road rage.

Zipper merging, however, benefits individual drivers as well as the public at large. Research shows that these dangers decrease when motorists use both lanes until reaching the defined merge area and then alternate in “zipper” fashion into the open lane. Benefits


  • Reduces differences in speeds between two lanes
  • Reduces the overall length of traffic backup by as much as 40 percent
  • Reduces congestion on freeway interchanges
  • Creates a sense of fairness and equity that all lanes are moving at the same rate

So I’m supposed to merge late?

Yes! As you see the “lane closed ahead” sign and traffic backing up, stay in your current lane up to the point of merge. Then take turns with other drivers to safely and smoothly ease into the remaining lane. Don’t worry about being “Minnesota nice.” When traffic is heavy and slow, it is much safer for motorists to remain in their current lane until the point where traffic can orderly take turns merging.

When not to do the zipper merge

When traffic is moving at highway speeds and there are no backups, it makes sense to move sooner to the lane that will remain open through construction. The bottom line is to merge when it is safe to do so.


3M Recall Notice

There may be a defect in a dorsal d-ring utilized in 3M Fall Protection’s ExoFit NEX™ harnesses manufactured between January 2016 and December 2018. 3M Fall Protection urges all affected users to inspect the harnesses immediately. They should not be used until they pass inspection. Details about how to inspect the harnesses are described in the attached 3M’s Fall Protection Inspection Notice.