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November SAFE Notes

November 24, 2015
TOPICS: OIPA, In the news
American Heart Association updates CPR guidelines

The American Heart Association has updated its CPR guidelines in an effort to improve response times during cardiac emergencies.

According to the AHA, about 90 percent of the more than 326,000 people who have heart attacks each year outside of a hospital die, usually because bystanders don't know CPR or they are concerned they will make a mistake.

Updates include:

• If you haven't been trained in CPR, call 911 and provide hands-only CPR without breaths. Push hard and fast in the middle of the chest with 100-120 compressions each minute.

• If you've been trained in CPR, perform 30 compressions for every two breaths.

• Call 911 with a cell phone. Put the phone on speaker so the dispatcher can provide instructions and get the exact location.

To view the update in its entirety, click here.

Hours-of-service rules top list of trucker concerns in annual survey

From the National Safety Council — Hours-of-service rules are the biggest concern facing the trucking industry, according to a survey conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute.

This marks the third consecutive year HOS has topped the survey's list of significant trucking issues in North America. Carriers and drivers alike expressed apprehension regarding what ATRI, the research arm of ATA, described as "the uncertain future of the current suspension of the rules."

From July 2013 until December 2014, commercial motor vehicle drivers were required to take a 34-hour rest break at least once per week that included two stints between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

The provision was intended to reduce trucker fatigue. However, Congress suspended the restart provision pending further research after critics argued that it created additional safety concerns by forcing trucks onto crowded roads during the morning rush hour.

To read the survey’s results in its entirety, click here.

OSHA updates guide for bidding on trenching and excavation jobs

OSHA has updated its guidance document on trenching and excavation activities to include a section on the employer bidding process.

OSHA considers trenching and excavation activities among the most hazardous construction operations. Between 1992 and 2000, trenching and excavation hazards during construction projects killed 488 workers, according to NIOSH. In the first six years of the new millennium, 271 workers died in trenching or excavation cave-ins.

According to OSHA, employers should know as much as possible about a jobsite and consider the materials necessary to perform work at the site safely when considering a bid. OSHA advises employers to consider the following factors when bidding on a job:

• Traffic

• Weather

• Fall protection needs

• Overhead and underground utilities

• Soil classification

The document also details when employers must conduct site inspections, the protective equipment and means of egress employers must provide workers, and requirements regarding protective systems.

To read the document, click here.

— Phillip D. Browder, M.Ed.
Manager of Safety and Member Benefits

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