New OSHA Standards Spur Response From SC&RA

New OSHA Standards Spur Response From SC&RA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, provides a range of guidelines designed to keep workers safe on the job. As of May 2018, OSHA printed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding construction cranes and derricks. The goal was to provide clarification on employer responsibilities regarding crane operator safety. Sigalarm is deeply concerned with this topic. Read on to learn about the latest OSHA operator certification rules, along with the SC&RA’s response to the changes being proposed.

Understanding OSHA Operator Certification Rules

OSHA has always required the men and women who operate heavy machinery to possess special certification. However, according to the new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, construction employers must now take additional steps to evaluate their crane operators to ensure they are competent. This process could involve training, certification, or licensing, among other responsibilities.

Understanding the SC&RA Response

Recently, SC&RA issued a response to the proposed OSHA changes. An international trade group, the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) is made up of more than 1,300 individuals in dozens of countries. These individuals work in the fields of machine moving, industrial maintenance, crane operations, and more.

While the SC&RA has always believed in an employer’s responsibility to train its operators, the organization pushed back against the idea of using a prescriptive list for evaluation. SC&RA also argued against the use of third-party evaluations. Instead, SC&RA feels that employers should assess worker ability individually to ensure each person is uniquely qualified for his or her role.

Let Sigalarm Keep Your Workers Safe on the Job

Proper machine operation is a key part of preserving worker safety. At Sigalarm, we believe using and implementing proximity alarms is another crucial way to prevent accidents and avoid injury while operating equipment. Electrocution is among the leading causes of death in the construction industry; that’s why we strive to be the world leader in power line warning systems. Our goal is to safeguard both lives and equipment by preventing unintended power line contact.

Ready to learn more about Sigalarm products? Call today or shop our selection online.

The Price Of Safety at Construction Sites

The Price Of Safety at Construction Sites

Once upon a time, people viewed construction site accidents as the cost of doing business. In fact, companies went so far as to build the price of accidents and injuries into job estimates, and it wasn’t uncommon for multiple workers to lose their lives in the erection of a building or bridge. Fortunately, times have changed, and modern construction businesses take greater care to protect the lives of their workers. Learn more about construction site safety and what your team can do to keep its members safe.The Price Of Safety at Construction Sites

Improving Construction Site Safety

Protecting workers on the job is an important goal and one that can be difficult to achieve. In an effort to keep costs down, many businesses attempt to cut corners; unfortunately, workers and bystanders often suffer as a result. One of the reasons managers may hesitate to invest in safety is that they can’t see the payoff of their dollars. After all, there’s no way of predicting exactly how many accidents were prevented as a result of safety training and policies. With that in mind, communities and companies have a responsibility to persuade construction managers that safety is well worth the cost.

Stopping Construction Accidents in Their Tracks

If communities want to reduce construction accident injuries, they need to devote resources to education and prevention. Managers should start by assessing current policies, considering factors like employee training, equipment maintenance, and safety products. Any problems should be addressed and corrected as soon as possible.

Additionally, construction companies can take steps to protect their workers in situations where they might come into contact with power lines. Unintended power line contact is a serious hazard in the construction world. In fact, the Center for Construction Research and Training says power line electrocution is one of the leading causes of death in the industry. Sigalarm offers several warning systems and contact alarms to alert workers when their equipment becomes perilously close to power lines. When installed by trained professionals, these products can prevent injury and even death.

Contact Sigalarm for Power Line Safety Products Built to Last

Achieving construction site safety is a challenging prospect but one well worth the effort. To learn more about Sigalarm’s products and services, call today or contact us online. Working together, we can ensure all of your construction employees stay safe on the job.


Power Line Electrocution Leading Cause of Construction Death

Power Line Electrocution Leading Cause of Construction Death

According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, power line electrocution is one of the leading causes of death in the industry. In fact, between 1992 and 2010 alone, more than 2,400 construction workers lost their lives as a result of electrocutions occurring on job sites.

A leader in power line warning systems, Sigalarm is passionate about protecting workers and bystanders alike. Learn more about how these incidents occur, along with tips for avoiding them in your business moving forward:Power Line Electrocution Leading Cause of Construction Death

Tragedy in Salem, Mass.

Last year, tragedy struck a Salem, Massachusetts, worksite when a painter died after coming into contact with live electrical wires. The man in question was painting window sills when his aerial lift became entangled in some wires. Workers were unable to get to the painter until after the National Grid managed to turn off the power in the area. The man, who was unconscious at the time of rescue, later perished at the hospital.

West Seattle Power Line Electrocution Injures Two

Unfortunately, this incident wasn’t the only one to affect workers in recent years. In 2016, two men were electrocuted after a construction crane came into contact with power lines near their job site. While the workers didn’t expire from their injuries, both men were seriously hurt in the incident.

Keeping Workers Safe on the Job

The good news is that power line electrocutions are largely preventable; that is, as long as construction companies take the necessary steps to protect their employees. At Sigalarm, we offer a wide array of high-voltage warning systems and proximity alarms intended to prevent contact with power lines and save lives. The products work by warning workers of danger when equipment enters a given area. When installed by knowledgeable professionals, these products can and do prevent injury.

Prevent Power Line Electrocution With Help From Sigalarm

With more than 41 years of industry experience, Sigalarm is proud of its history protecting workers and pedestrians alike from power line accidents. Learn more about Sigalarm’s warning alarms online or call to speak to a member of our team.

Crane, Derrick, And Hoist Safety

Crane, Derrick, And Hoist Safety

It’s no secret that manufacturers and construction companies regularly move heavy loads in the course of doing business. While this work helps keep communities functioning effectively and efficiently, it often leads to significant safety issues affecting both the workers in the machines and those on the ground. Read on to learn more about Sigalarm’s commitment to Crane, Derrick, and Hoist Safety. Read more

Sigalarm's Long History of Protecting People

Sigalarm’s Long History of Protecting People

Usually when we think of the phrase, “Protecting People,” what comes to mind is a firefighter, soldier, or police officer. That’s what they do in their professions. Sigalarm is driven on the same premise. By creating the best devices to keep workers, drivers, and personnel safe, we believe we are protecting people, often saving their lives.

Sigalarm is in the business of saving lives. That’s not hyperbole, that’s fact.

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The Sigalarm Story: Saving Lives

The Sigalarm Story: Saving Lives

Sigalarm is in the business of saving lives. That’s not hyperbole, that’s fact. Currently, owned and operated by Lance and Kim Burney, Sigalarm has been part of remarkable growth in the proximity alarm industry since 1999. Over the past 17 years, Lance and Kim have seen an increase in the acceptance of proximity alarms and other life-saving devices.

In the video below, Lance and Kim discuss the life-saving mission of Sigalarm and how the company achieves that mission every day.
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Why Powerline Contacts Keep Occurring

Why Power Line Contacts Keep Occurring

Power line contacts are a danger that Sigalarm wants to eliminate. Hard working Americans deserve the safest environment as they do their jobs. Whether they are construction workers, firefighters, utility repairmen, mobile journalists, or cable installers, they need to be kept safe. Read more

Sigalarm's Quality Assurance

Sigalarm’s Quality Assurance

When it comes to saving lives, you have to have a high level of quality assurance. Since it’s inception, Sigalarm has been know for reliable products. These products marry innovation and safety to make it easier for workers on job sites to stay safe. Our sensors detect electric fields emitted by high voltage power lines and help to keeper workers and their equipment at a distance.

In the video below, Ashley Pertler, Sigalarm’s Operations Manager, walks through our in-house quality assurance process. While we do conduct QA tests on all products before they even leave the factory, there is an extra, final check that is done at Sigalarm headquarters. Using a high voltage simulator, Sigalarm can test its voltage readers and ensure that it’s functioning correctly.

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Berkeley Concrete Pumping

Berkeley Concrete Pumping Evaluates Sigalarm

Berkeley Concrete Pumping did a full evaluation of Sigalarm, and we appreciate their work. We are proud to help this excellent concrete pump company. Sigalarm leads the way in creating a “safety culture” in different industries. Our user-friendly devices are not only intuitive but are also durable and designed for safety programs and initiatives. Without further ado, let’s look at the results from their evaluation. Read more

Promoting a Safety Culture: Sigalarm's Ashley Pertler

Promoting a Safety Culture: Sigalarm’s Ashley Pertler

Sigalarm’s mission is to make it safer for professionals like engineers, construction workers, and firefighters to do their jobs safely. High voltage power lines are often close to job or disaster sites and being aware of them can save lives. In the video below, Sigalarm’s Operations Manager Ashley Pertler discusses how Sigalarm’s work and how their products help other companies develop a safety culture.
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