July 2010 Three Rivers Manufacturers’ Association Published Monthly Three Rivers Manufacturers’ Association 116 N. Chicago St., Suite 101, Joliet, IL 60432-4204 815.774.6070 F: 815.723.6972 www.trma.org Editor: Jerry Caamano (firstname.lastname@example.org) ■ Division Planning is Underway 50th Annual Golf Outing is Great Success It started out looking like a miserable What training programs should TRMA offer this day with a lot of rain in the forecast, but fall & winter? What except for a brief shower in the morning, speakers should be the rain held off and TRMA’s 50th annual featured at the division golf outing went off without a hitch meetings? This is your at the Morris Country Club. In all, 176 opportunity to have people attended to play golf, enjoy lunch input in the selection or dinner or all three. and scheduling of the programs for the next Everyone attending received a prize, 12 months. Planning ranging from golf items to tools to gift is underway by each cards. Let’s thank our sponsors for pro- of the TRMA divisions viding the funds to purchase all the gifts Above: Team Industrial Foursome, winners of the (Safety, Environmental, and prizes for the event winners. low gross. Upper photo: Participants select a prize at Maintenance and HR) for the end of the event. 2010-2011 training and GENERAL HOLE SPONSORS programs. If there is a Aker Construction Civil & Environmental Flint Hills Resources MECCON Industries program or speaker that you think would be of Amex Construction Consultants Fluor Operations & Maint. MKD Electric interest, please contact Atlantic Plant Services CL Coatings Furmanite America Oxbow Midwest Jerry Caamano at jerry. Aux Sable Liquid Products CAWGC Hayes Mechanical Scheck Mechanical email@example.com or at Berlinsky Scrap DePue Mechanical IMTT Illinois Stepan Company 815.774.6070 Block Electric Eagle Services KPMG Superheat FGH Services Catalyst Services Environmental Monitoring M&O Insulation Team Industrial Technologies Manta Industrial ■ Safety Milestone DONATED GIFTS Congratulations to Catalyst Services Civil & Environmental ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery Kelly Services employees and con- Chicagoland Drug Testing Consultants Furmanite America KM Plant Services tractors working at Erie Insurance J-M Printers MKD Electric the ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery. On June 22nd, HOLE EVENT SPONSORS BEVERAGE CART LUNCH the refinery contract Apollo Colors Heritage Environmental KM Plant Services STARCON International workforce achieved 365 CITGO Petroleum Imperial Crane Kelly Services days of injury free perfor- D Construction Priority Staffing Stevenson Crane DINNER mance. The refinery has DISA Stepan Comapny ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery worked over 2,200,000 man-hours and continue HOLE EVENT WINNERS to climb towards being Longest Drive on #1, Jeff Nielson Low Score Scramble Team Yellow Ball Contest the first ExxonMobil site Closest to the Pin on #2, Kevin Moss Team Industrial Atlantic Plant Services in the U.S. to achieve 12 Longest Putt on #4, Mike Richey Rick Furman Bruce Carlson months of injury free per- Straightest Drive on #10, Curty Slipke Barry Hennegan Joe Lohmar formance for employees Longest Drive on #18, Gary Podesta Matt Helm John Placher and contractors. Gary Torkelson Mark Staack New Fire-Related Contractor Training Opportunities at Safety Center Three Rivers Safety Center (TRSC) is finalizing new training anticipated contractor employees to execute the stringent procedures developed to begin in July for contractor employees working as fire watches or by the host manufacturers for ensuring the safety of people working in confined space entry attendants at TRSC member manufacturers. The confined spaces. training will initially be scheduled once or twice a month, according to Examples are Doug Gladden, safety center manager. process vessels, railroad tank “The Three Rivers Safety Advisory Committee felt that contractor cars, enclosed safety at member plants could be enhanced by offering this training,” storage areas Gladden explained. “Our member manufacturers rely upon the safety for hazardous center’s consistent, high-quality training to assure continuously improving materials, or contractor safety performance.” any area with limited entry Fire watches are required whenever hot work—welding, cutting or or exit. The grinding, for example—is performed at a plant. The fire watch’s job is to training includes make sure that the work site is safe for hot work and to standby with a establishing fire extinguisher while the work is performed. The fire watch also remains rescue onsite for at least 30 minutes after the job is complete. The fire watch procedures for needs to have the proper extinguisher for the application and know how workers who to use it. are overcome or injured in a confined space. Fire Watch with Hands-on Fire Extinguisher Training does just that by providing hands-on fire extinguisher practice using a simulator called The two-and-a-half hour Fire Watch with Hands-on Fire Extinguisher the Intelligent Training System. Developed by the BullEx Company, the Training course is $65. The Confined Space Entry Watch Training course is system varies the flames by sensing where the trainee aims and sweeps $25 and will be approximately one hour. All training will take place at Three the extinguisher. The course also covers the responsibilities of the fire Rivers Safety Center. Contact Doug Gladden at firstname.lastname@example.org or watch, OSHA requirements, and the use and applications of various fire at 815.744.3884 for more information. extinguishers. The second course, Confined Space Entry Watch Training, prepares Training at the Three Rivers Safety Center is monitored by the Three Rivers Safety Advisory Committee. The committee meets quarterly and is comprised of contractor safety coordinators of member plants plus representatives of independent industrial contractors. OSHA’s Severe Violator Directive Effective June 18th OSHA announced that the Severe Violators Enforcement Program directive is effective June 18th. The agency announced in April that it was implement- ing the program to focus on employers who continually disregard their legal obligations to protect their workers. OSHA’s SVEP focuses enforcement efforts on employers who willfully and repeatedly endanger workers by exposing them to serious hazards. The directive establishes procedures and enforcement actions for the severe violator program, including increased inspections, such as mandatory follow-up inspec- tions of a workplace found in violation and inspections of other worksites of the same company where similar hazards or deficiencies may be present. The directive explains that the SVEP is intended to focus enforcement efforts on employers who have demonstrated recalcitrance or indifference to their OSH Act obligations by committing willful, repeated or failure-to-abate violations in one or more of the following circumstances: a fatality or catastrophe situation; in industry operations or processes that expose workers to severe occupational hazards; exposing workers to hazards related to the potential releases of highly hazardous chemicals; and all egregious enforcement actions. Visit the Severe Violator Enforcement Program directive for more details. Proper Use of Fall Protection Saves Lives DIVISION UPDATE The way Brian Sebastian tells it, the lives of two “The people who attend these courses are more aware First Aid, CPR & workers could have been saved last year when they and than the average person about the need for safety and the three others toppled from the bridge they were working use of fall prevention equipment,” Rahilly said, “but we AED for Industry on some 275 feet above the Detroit River. have found that the message is more apt to stick the more Red Cross certified often it’s repeated.” instructors will provide One worker fell to his death because his safety gear was training on first aid, CPR not properly secured. The other choked to death while Sebastian’s portion of the training was held in the safety and automated external suspended because the cross strap on his safety harness was center parking lot in front of the Miller Fall Protection defibrillators (AED) for fastened too close to his throat, Sebastian said. The three Road Show trailer, which features a small scaffold, a hoist the industrial sector on survivors were suspended for three hours until responders and numerous safety lines. The trailer also packed enough Tuesday, July 27 at Three were able to rescue them. safety harnesses for all 40 attendees to buckle up. Rivers Safety Center. Registration is from 7:15 The clear message, said Sebastian, is that the failure to Sebastian explained the importance of ensuring that each to 7:30 a.m. and the properly inspect and utilize appropriate safety equipment harness has proper documentation, so near and dear to the training runs until 4:30 is the reason that accidental falls remain the leading cause Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), p.m. Upon completion of all skills outlined in the of work-related fatalities. And that’s why TRMA schedules how to inspect harnesses for wear and tear, and how to course and scoring a mini- scaffold safety and fall prevention refresher training year securely fasten the harnesses to a variety of safety tackle. mum of 80 percent on the after year at Three Rivers Safety Center. written exam, participants One demonstration suspended two students above will receive Red Cross Sebastian, a ground. Another showed what happens when a weighted certification cards valid fall prevention bag (foregoing a live human) was dropped while secured for one year for AED/CPR specialist with by various methods. and three years for First Miller, an Aid. The cost for TRMA international Sebastian warned that OSHA is more aggressive these members is $99 and $120 m a nu f a c t u r e r days about looking for violations, especially in the general for non-members. The of fall safety industry, construction and residential arenas. He said that fee includes all materials gear, and John OSHA hired 100 new field agents who are encouraged to and the certification card. Rahilly, senior forge relationships with local inspectors to serve as eyes and For additional information, instructor at the ears for the agency. Sebastian also said that a current proposal contact Kathy Ament at Chicagoland in Congress would levy a minimum $250,000 fine for any 815.774.6071. Safety Council, infraction of OSHA standards and regulations. provided the training at the Rahilly said the Chicagoland Safety Council is receiving Safety Division most recent more and more requests for scaffold safety and fall refresher course prevention training. Combined with stiffer enforcement Chellino Crane provided for TRMA and more awareness, contractors and industrialists want a crane for the Crane & members held the training because workers unfortunately are “still doing Rigging Safety Awareness Above, Chris Limbers participates in a training conducted last demonstration while Brian Sebastian, to May 13, 2010. the same thing” when it comes to lax attitudes about safety. month by the Safety his right, conducts the training New Fire-Related Contractor Training Opportunities at Division. The instruc- Safety Center tor discussed inspec- Ask Jerry Caamano: tion requirements and documentation for cranes and rigging devices. Q: How are local manufacturers fairing in the demand curves are more balanced. Participants examined economic recovery? hooks, wire ropes, slings Uncertainty about government policy at the and other devices that A: Our members are seeing a modest increase federal and state level is another concern for were in good condition as in demand for their products. The question that many. We need to foster an environment where well as showing signs of remains to be answered is whether the uptick manufacturing in the U.S. can compete in the wear. Critical lifts plans in demand is a correction for the depletion global economy. America’s manufacturers are and hazards associ- of inventories or a reflection of substainable, at the heart of our country’s economy, providing ated with working around higher demand by consumers. good-paying jobs for millions of Americans cranes were highlighted. Higher demand has not resulted in better The National Association of Manufacturers profitability for many manufacturers as global (NAM) issued recently a comprehensive supply continues to exceed demand depressing strategy for U.S. manufacturing calling “for Notice: prices. This is a good thing for consumers in policy action that includes corporate tax Information from this the short term but manufacturers are delaying reductions, tort reform and easing of regulatory publication may be capital projects and hiring until the supply/ burdens.” reproduced, without prior permission, if the Three Rivers Manufacturers’ Association is credited as source. Three Rivers Manufacturers' Association 116 N. 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