Industry Warnings, Recalls & Alerts

  • GUARDIAN SRL STOP USE Notification

    Guardian Fall Protection has issued an IMPORTANT - STOP USE AND INSPECT Notification concerning specific Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRLs) that have potential Cable-fraying and Bird caging issues.  This affects specific part numbers manufactured between Jan. 1, 2015 through March 2017.  Please read the attached information that shows you how to identify affected SRLs and the steps you should take if you have this product in use.

    http://www.iwea.org/download.php?t=document_repository&id=12

  • Genie Scissor Lift Control System Malfunction

    Genie has determined that the control system on several of their Scissor Lifts can malfunction and issued a Mandatory Action Required Safety Notice if you own or use Models: GS-3232 / GS-4047 and X-14.  Full details are available in the OSHA section of our website.

  • 3M Lad-Saf sleeve PRODUCT STOP USE AND RECALL/REPLACEMENT NOTICE

    A review by Capital Safety/3M reviewed the performance of the original Lad-Saf sleeve, that included a review of the limited number of incidents that involved serious injury or death in the USA.  The review did not reveal product hazards or risks arising in the ordinary and proper use of the product; however it did reveal potential misuse scenerios that could result in serious injury or death.

    Because of the potential for injury in the misuse of this product, 3M has discontinued the sale of the original Lad-Saf sleeve and are originating a full recall of all original Lad-Saf sleeves.

    For complete instructions and information, refer to the attached Notice on our website.  If you have any questions, please contact 3M Customer Service or the Association Office.

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  • Carhartt recall of flame-resistant clothing

    Carhartt has issued a voluntary recall of nine styles of flame-resistant sweatshirts and Hoodies manufactured between 2014 and 2016.  For full information, click on this link:  

    http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/14527

  • Deadly Dozen Hazards!

    Memorandum

    Date:  March 31, 2016

    To: Signatory Contractors, Signatory Contractor Associations

    From:  Steve Rank, Executive Director of Safety and Health

    Re:   Protecting Floor and Roof Openings - Video

     

    The “Protecting Floor and Roof Openings” video has been completed and you can download it from the following link.  It will be posted on the Ironworkers and IMPACT web sites for members and contractors to view.  This video will be forwarded to coordinators from the National Training Fund for classroom instruction.

    This video is designed to address one of the “Deadly Dozen Hazards” and prevent falls through temporary floor and roof openings.  As part of the 2016 “Zero Fatality and Incident” campaign commissioned by General President Dean, we want to help protect our members from fall hazards in the workplace and provide assistance to contractors throughout the United States and Canada.

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb5kHeRWLsY#

    The Safety and Health Department is in the process of developing additional “Deadly Dozen Hazards” videos in the near future beginning with “Off-Loading Structural Members from Trucks” and “Fall Protection”.  We want to make every effort to address the primary incident trends and causation factors that affect our members and help prevent reoccurrence.

    Please contact me in the Safety and Health Department at (916) 752-2581, Jeff Norris, Canadian Safety Coordinator at (780) 459-4498, or Vicki O’Leary District Representative for Safety and Diversity at (202) 702-7828 if you have any questions pertaining to this “Protecting Floor and Roof Openings” video.

     

  • Volvo Truck Recall Notice

    Unrepaired Volvo Trucks manufactured between May 2015 and March 2016 are to be immediately removed from service!  These vehicles have an issue with the lower steering shaft and bolt connection that can lead to separation of the steering shaft without warning, resulting in a complete loss of steering and potential crash.

    For full details, click on the link below.

    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/out-of-service-order-volvo-trucks-safety-recall

  • SAFETY ALERT on MSA Self-Retracting Lanyards

    Attached is a notice on the MSA Workman Self Retracting Lanyard.  The notice identifies a potential safety issue with these popular lanyards dealing with an improper brake nut torque setting.  The condition is not detectable when performing the normal pre-use inspection.

    Please read their detailed document, attached, and use the Order Form to replace affected units.

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  • STOP USE AND PRODUCT RECALL: 3M Model SWSW Series Mobile Sky Walk Horizontal Lifeline System

    These systems may not arrest a fall in the working clearances stated in 3M user Manuals.  3M has chosed not voluntarily recall the products impacted by this issue, and requests that you immediately identify, stop use and quarantine all Mobile Sky Walk horizontal lifeline systems.

    Please read the attached Notice for full information.

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  • Inspection Advisory for Fall Protection products using Yoke Snaphooks

    Yoke Industrial Corp. discovered  the potential for missing or improperly installed rivets on their snaphooks, which are used industry-wide on many fall protection products.  Please read the attached advisory and inspect your equipment accordingly.

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  • PRODUCT RECALL Guardian Self Retracting Lifelines

    Guardian Fall Protection recently discovered a potential performance problem in freezing weather with 20' and 30' Edge Series Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRL).  As a result, they have elected to recall a specific range of serial numbers that fall in the non-conforming production batch.

    Please see the attached notice for Serial Numbers and information on returning non-conforming items.

    Per Guardian, FAILURE TO RETURN THE SPECIFIED UNITS MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

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  • PRODUCT RECALL Porter-Cable Fixed-Base Production Routers

    Four 3-1/4 HP electric, fixed-base production routers and one production router base are being recalled.  The router base handles are not insulated, posing an electric shock hazard.

    For complete details, click on the attached link which will provide specific model numbers and instructions for returning the routers.

    http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Porter-Cable-Fixed-Base-Production-Routers-Recalled/

     

  • Red Wing recalls Steel Toe Work Boots

    As of January 2, 2014, Red Wing is recalling 45 styles of Steel Toe boots because some may have a faulty toe cap that could fail in an impact.  Please read the attached Recall Notice, and notify your employees so they can have faulty boots replaced as per the attached instructions.

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  • OSHA Update December 2013

    RE: Fall protection for walk/work along bridge decks with a 32-inch-high barrier wall.

    James Maddux, Director of Construction for OSHA responded to a contractors question regarding road work being done next to concrete barriers.  Read the question and OSHA answer by clicking the link or attachment below. 

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  • MSA Workman Self-Retracting Lanyard Replacement

    The MSA Company has identified a wear condition in certain models of their Self-Retracting Lanyards.  Although no field reports have been issued, they are replacing the affected units voluntarily to ensure the safety of all users. Please read the attached User Safety Notice, and follow their Action recommendations.

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  • Genie Z-135/70 Boom Lifts to be removed from service.

    As per the attached Safety Notice, Genie requires the immediate removal of all Genie Z-135/70 Boom Lifts from service.  Machines may only be returned to service after the inspection procedure is performed.  Complete details are in the attachment. 

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  • OSHA Clarification on double connections at beams not framing into columns

    A question was raised regarding OSHA standard 1926.756(a)(1) with regards to a previous OSHA interpretation of this standard given in May of 2006. The updated response / clarification as of June 1, 2012 of OSHA is attached.

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  • JLG Fly Boom Platform Inspections required

    RE:  JLG Model 600S, 600 SJ, 660SJ, 600SC, 600SJC, 660SJC Boom Lifts

    The attached information notice is being issued to highlight the need to perform required inspections as described in the Operation and Safety Manual, due to weld cracks that may develop around the platform level cylinder pin boss or nearby baffle plate weld.

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  • Genie GTH-1056 Service and Parking Brake malfunction

    This Safety Notice requires inspection and possible repair of the brake assembly in the front axle of affected machines.  This regards Part # 117505 (Front Axle, Dana Model 213/142).  See the attached document for more detail and Serial numbers of affected machines.  Per this notice, Malfunctioning service and/or parking brakes may result in unintended machine movement, collision or loss of control.

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  • Fall Tech Lanyard, etc. Safety Alert!

      

     

    Product Inspection Advisory Notice - Immediate Action Required

     

    Products Involved: FallTech Lanyards, Rebar Chain Assemblies , Harness/Lanyard Combos, and Roofer's Kits

    Manufacture Dates: 01/01/2012 through 01/25/2013

    Serial Numbers: 0776186 through 1218826


    Dear Valued Customer,

     

    Please be advised that all hooks on all FallTech Lanyards, Rebar Chain Assemblies, Harness/Lanyard Combos and Roofer's Kits with manufacturing dates of 01/01/2012 through 01/25/2013 should be inspected immediately in accordance with this notice.

     

    During its regular raw material inspection, FallTech has found defective "Snap Hook" and "Rebar Hook" products manufactured by YOKE Industrial Group.

     

    While FallTech has taken containment actions to prevent FallTech lanyards, rebar chain assemblies, Harness/Lanyard Combos and Roofer's Kits produced using these defective hooks from reaching its customers, and no customer has alerted Falltech of this condition, there is still the possibility that a FallTech product with a defective hook(s) may be present in the field.

     

    Please read the Full Advisory Notice by clicking here. It will explain 1) how to determine if you have products that fall within the scope of this notice, 2) how to inspect products that are included in the notice and to determine whether they have a defective hook, 3) what to do if products have a defective hook, and 4) information on the root cause of the defect.

     

    PLEASE NOTE: This is an inspection advisory. This is a NOT a product recall. No product with a defective hook is known to have left the FallTech factory and no incidences of a product malfunction have been reported. If the defective condition exists, it can be found by following the inspection procedure described in the Full Advisory Notice.

     

    Please contact FallTech with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this notice or the procedures described in this notice. You can also contact FallTech via e-mail at service@falltech.com.

     

  • GENIE Machine Safety Alert

    Genie Machines equipped with the oscillating axle system can malfunction, which is why the company has issued a Safety Alert.  Read the attached file, which lists the equipment affected, and the remedy.

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  • LADDER INSPECTION IMPORTANCE

    A fiberglass extension ladder collapsed - it was less than 2 months old, had not been damaged or subjected to harsh conditions, and had been inspected.  The attached document outlines the investigation that was done to determine why the ladder failed. and provides recommendations for inspection of ladders on-site. 

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  • Miller by Honeywell harnesses

    A Safety Alert had been issued about the Miller harness D-Ring.  The attached file is from Honeywell and explains what happened with the D-Ring assembly, and recommendations from the Quality Engineering Manager of Honeywell.

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  • OSHA Hazard Communication

    Recent changes have been made regarding hazardous chemicals and the labeling, data sheets, information and training that are required for proper use of products.  Read the attached file, and go to: www.OSHA.gov, scroll down to the "In Demand" heading and click on Hazard Communications - 1910.1200 for complete information.

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  • OSHA's 2012 Heat Campaign

    Heat illness can be deadly, and OSHA is promoting their Heat Campaign to explain what the symptoms are and how this can be prevented.  Read the attached article, and then go online to:  www.osha.gov and click on the red box entitled "Preventing Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers" for links to additional information.

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  • OSHA Fall Campaign

    OSHA is highlighting the importance of Safety, and is focusing on Falls since they are the leading cause of death in construction and can be prevented!

    The attached article is from the OSHA webpage.  Read the attachment, or go online to www.osha.gov and click on the orange box entitled: Preventing Falls in Construction.

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  • ZERO FATALITIES CAMPAIGN

    As part of the Iron Workers Zero Fatalities in 2012 and beyond please find information from Safety Director Steve Rank on the issue of open web steel joist erection. When SENRAC was holding meetings, it was pointed out that one of the highly dangerous areas of work is open web steel joist erection. This is why the OSHA Standard for steel erection contains several areas directed specifically to open web steel joist.

    If your firm does this  type of work,  I suggest you review Steve's bulletin for additional details.

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  • FALLTECH STOP USE

    FallTech has issued a product stop use, Inspection and replace notice. If you have any FallTech full body harness with a duraform 350 or a FallTech 5-60 buckle model manufactured 10/21/2010 to 2/9/2012, you must remove from service and contact FallTech immediately.

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  • 3M G-SERIES LANYARD RECALLS

    Fall Protection Product Recall / Stop Use Notice

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  • MILLER BACKBITER RIVET ISSUE

    There is a possible safety issue with the use of lanyards or harnesses. Please read the downloadable report for details.

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  • COMPRESSED GAS SAFETY ALERT

    A safety alert has been issued for operator useage of compressed gas. Please download the PDF for full details concerning this product defect.

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  • "PROTECTA" ANCHORAGE SAFETY ALERT

    A safety alert has been issued regarding Capital Safety anchorage connectors. Please download the PDF for full details concerning this product defect.

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  • INSPECTION ADVISORY / SELF-RETRACTING LANYARDS

    Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA) has issued an advisory requesting immediate inspection of their 20 ft. Dyna-Lock self-retracting lanyards. The advisory was issued after MSA received a report that the attachment handle on the unit became loose and separated from the unit. Nobody was injured in the incident, but an inspection revealed that the two screws securing the handle were not swaged (flattened) as intended. A copy of the advisory with instructions for inspection was included in the MBA Safety Advisory.

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  • MANITOWOC CRANE CARE

    Manitowoc Crane Care has learned that certain #58 boom sections, #59A mast sections and #59 Luffing sections on referenced serial number cranes, MAX-ERs and luffing jibs may have chords.with non-conforming wall thickness which could impact the structural integrity of cranes incorporating these sections.

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  • BOSCH DRILL RECALL

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Tool Corp. announced a voluntary recall of BOSCH HAMMER DRILLS....

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  • JLG 860SJ

    On a construction project in the Northwest US, two JLG 860 SJ were discovered with shear bolts in the swivel area of the JLG. The bolts are concealed by a cover plate, making this difficult to discover during daily inspections. Both the vendor and manufacturer have been contracted to investigate the casual factor.

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