How to Create a Culture of Safety, and Why It’s Important

Stress, low morale, and poor expectations of your employees can contribute to high turnover, more time off work due to illnesses, and accidents on the job. All of which will increase your cost of doing business.

But you can increase productivity, improve your ability to attract and retain good employees, and boost profitability through creating a company culture that embraces safety

According to the 2016 study “Building a Safety Culture SmartMarket Report,” conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics (DD&A), contractors who encouraged a culture of safety reported powerful payback in the form of project quality, staff retention, project ROI, and ability to attract new staff.

 

DD&A used 33 indicators of a safety culture. The companies surveyed were general contractors, specialty contractors, design-build firms, construction managers and engineering firms. Those who scored highest experienced the most powerful return from their investment into safety.

While not all of indicators are relevant to a smaller contractor (most companies surveyed had over 500 employees), there are some key takeaways that you can apply to your business today.

  1. Management’s commitment to safety and health. As a manager, supervisor, and/or owner you set the priorities for safety. More importantly, those priorities must be communicated to your employees through having a formal process for safety-related corrective action, being proactive through making safety/health a key part of your strategic planning, having clearly defined health and safety expectations, and making safety a frequent topic at meetings.
  2. Safety and health are company values. Employees who feel valued at work, feel safe to let management know when there is a safety violation on the job. Value and safety directly correlate to higher productivity, employee retention, and increased ROI.
  3. Accountability. Your employees will rise to the level of your expectations. Expect them to hold themselves and everyone accountable for safety and they will.

To read the full report, click here.

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New OSHA Updates Claim to Save Employers $6.1 Million

Effective July 15th, OSHA is making 14 revisions to the federal rules that affect the construction industry. These changes, according to OSHA, will save employers approximately $6.1 million by clearing up confusion regarding compliance. Specifically they have removed or revised, “outdated, duplicative, unnecessary, and inconsistent requirements in OSHA’s safety and health standards, which will permit better compliance by employers and reduce costs and paperwork burdens where possible, without reducing employee protections.”

OSHA is updating the method of identifying and calling emergency medical services. This update, according to the report, may increase costs to employers by approximately $32,000.

However, there are two provisions (reduction in the number of necessary employee x-rays and elimination of posting requirements for residential construction employers) which may provide estimated combined cost savings of $6.1 million annually.

According to Equipment World, some of the highlighted changes are:

  • Eliminates requirement that employers provide periodic chest X-rays to screen for lung cancer. OSHA says studies have shown X-ray screening does not reduce lung cancer incident or death.
  • Updates the requirements for providing emergency services contacts. OSHA adds a requirement that employers must ensure that their communication system can effectively contact 911 services. And if the system is in an area that does not automatically supply the caller’s location to the 911 dispatcher, the employer must post or provide in some way the worksite’s longitude and latitude to employees. OSHA estimates this requirement will cost the construction industry a total of $32,440 a year. This cost will dissipate as enhanced 911 wireless service becomes universal, OSHA says.
  • Changes the minimum breaking-strength requirement for lifelines for fall protection to 5,000 pounds instead of 5,400 pounds. This was done for consistency and to end confusion.
  • Updates standards for traffic control devices at road construction areas to comply with the 2009 edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, the same as used by the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as state DOTs.
  • Eliminates the requirement that employees’ Social Security numbers be provided on exposure monitoring, medical surveillance or other records designed for OSHA to track employees for research purposes. Social Security numbers are no longer required for these OSHA standards: Respirable Crystalline Silica; Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response; Asbestos; Vinyl Chloride; Inorganic Arsenic; Lead; Chromium, Cadmium, Benzene, Coke Oven Emission, Bloodborne Pathogens, Cotton Dust; 1,2 Dibromo-3-Chloropropane; Acrylonitrile; Ethylene Oxide; Formaldehyde; Methylenedianiline; 1,3-Butadiene; and Methylene Chloride.

 

Prior to these upcoming changes, OSHA increase penalties in January, 2019. Their current maximum penalties are:

  • $13,260 per violation — serious, other-than-serious or posting violations
  • $13,260 per day — failure to abate
  • $132,598 per violation — willful or repeated violations

According to OSHA’s “Business Case for Safety and Health,” an employer can save money by adhering to the rules, doing his/her part to prevent injury, death, and illness. They can also save money by avoiding penalties and costly investigations.

Need help with safety training? Call us today!

New App for R-Series is Here!

For the past two years we’ve been discussing whether to build an app for our customers, but JLG has beat us to the punch with useful apps that you can download right now.

JLG Mobile Control

The JLG Mobile Control app was announces at the ARA show and has just been released. This brand-new app will allow you to use your iPhone to drive the R1932 scissor lift with necessary hardware installed.

Features include:

  • Drive the vehicle
  • Steer the vehicle
  • Horn
  • Stop moving he vehicle
  • Swap between high and low torque.

This app will only support the JLG Scissor Lift “R1932” with remote control option enabled.

 

 

JLG AccessReady Mobile App

As you know, all properly trained personnel who are authorized to operate an aerial work platform AWP, now termed mobile elevating work platform or MEWP, must ensure that he/she has machine specific familiarization in addition to formalized general aerial work platform training.

This includes:

  • The location of the weather resistant storage compartment for manual(s) storage
  • Confirming that all required manuals are in the storage compartment
  • The purpose and function of all controls and
  • Knowledge of the safety devices and operating characteristics of the machine being operated. (citation)

 

This app gives you convenient access to:

  • View your AWP/MEWP familiarization
  • Add AWP/MEWP familiarizations

 

You must have an AccessReady username to access this app. If you need assistance, please contact us today or visit https://accessready.jlg.com

 

JLG Online Express Library

This app offers convenient access to JLG equipment manuals and related literature.

Features Include:

  • Search the JLG OLE Library store and build your personal library.
  • Access your library when offline.
  • Quick view of recently added material and popular content
  • View content in both thumbnail and list views
  • Bookmark frequently used pages.

A JLG Online Express username is required to access the app.

 

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Get Real-Time Load Data on All JLG Telehandlers


JLG announced that they will be expanding their SmartLoad technology across their telehandler line, which is terrific news.

As you know, operator competence and confidence are key to job-site safety, and JLG is leading the way when it comes to operator safety.

Their industry-first SmartLoad technology includes automatic attachment recognition, a load management information system and a load stability indicator.

The automatic attachment recognition allows a telehandler to identify an attachment and display the appropriate load chart to the operator.

The load management information system (LMIS) graphically depicts the location of the load within the load chart and assists the operator in navigating the boundaries of the chart.

Finally, the load stability indicator (LSI) works in conjunction with the LMIS to limit operation when a load becomes non-compliant.

SmartLoad technology can also save you from paying costly repairs if the machine is damaged due to being overloaded.

Currently available for its 1644 and 1732 high capacity telehandlers, SmartLoad Technology will be available as an option on all JLG telehandlers over the next 12 months.

Are you ready to buy a new JLG Telehandler? Call us first. We’ve been a certified JLG dealer since 1984

New R Series Scissor Lifts, Virtual Reality Simulators, and…

At this years ARA show, JLG featured two new R Series scissor lifts, the 2632R and 3246R, and their Virtual Reality Training Simulator for boomlifts.

The training simulator gives operators an immersive experience in a safe environment.

The simulator is the result of a year-long global pilot program that included introductions of the technology at numerous tradeshow events, in addition to volumes of global customer feedback, designed to enhance the experience.

The simulator was developed in partnership with ForgeFX Simulations, which specializes in 3D and visualization software.  (JLG)

New Equipment

The 2632R offers several well-known features of the R Series, with an outdoor capability of 20 feet. This ANSI 92.20 compliant lift allows operators to drive through a single doorway and work indoors at a platform height of 26 feet.

(click here to see key specs)

The 3246R is set apart from the competition as the lightest lift in its class. Also ANSI 92.20 compliant, the 3246R is ideal for applications that require a lightweight machine with a 32-foot platform height.

(click here to see key specs)

These affordable, new R series scissor lifts have been optimized to offer lower part replacement costs over the life of the unit.

The 2632R and 3246R contain benefits common to other units in the R Series, including:

  • A reliable and simple pothole protection system with a single limit switch and harness, along with fewer moving parts for reduced service requirements
  • Easier access to internal machine components for simplified servicing
  • Zero-turn radius, improving maneuverability
  • Variable tilt technology with visual indicator, allows for work on slight slopes
  • Intuitive and comfortable controls that are common within the line
  • An all-steel platform, steel component trays and recessed ground control panel for long-term machine durability

As always, if you need to buy or rent a machine, need help with parts, or you need to service your machine, call us now. We always answer the phone.

 

3246R Scissor Lift Coming Soon!

New R Series Scissor Lift Coming Soon.

Need a scissor lift today? Call us now at 951-256-2040

Key Specs

  • Platform Height: 32 ft / 9.75 m
  • Machine Width: 3 ft 10 in. / 1.17 m
  • Working Height: 38 ft / 11.58 m

Key Features

  • Experience the Lightest Scissor in Its Class: Lightweight with simplified lift system
  • Tackle Demanding Terrain: Active pothole protection provides increased ground clearance
  • Meet the Highest Standards: Complies with 92.20 ANSI regulations

2632R Scissor Lift

Coming Soon, the 2632R Scissor Lift

Need a scissor lift today? Call us now at 951-256-2040

Key Specs

  • Platform Height: 25 ft 6 in. / 7.77 m
  • Machine Width: 2 ft 8 in. / 0.81 m
  • Working Height: 31 ft 6 in. / 9.6 m

Key Features

  • Reach More in Difficult Conditions: Industry-exclusive outdoor rating for use up to 20 ft
  • Tackle Demanding Terrain: Active pothole protection provides increased ground clearance
  • Meet the Highest Standards: Complies with 92.20 ANSI regulations
  • Fit Through Standard Doorways: Ability to pass through single doorways gives you more access site-wide

Meet Us at Landscaping Industry Trade Show, 2019

We recently joined the California Landscape Contractors Association. And to celebrate we’re attending the Landscaping Industry Trade Show in Ontario, California on February 6th and 7th. We’ll be at booth #619 so come over and say, “Hello.”

At West Coast Equipment we offer best-in-class rentals, sales, parts, service and maintenance on your JLG, SkyTrak, Gradall, and Princeton machines. In fact, we’re one of the only full service dealers in Southern California, and we’re expanding.

In 2018, we merged with D&D Lift Inc., to for RESCO LLC, Rental Equipment Service Company. Our goal is to provide service for the entire State of California. In fact, to make good on our promise to provide sales, rentals, parts, and service for our products we’re opening up new facilities in Escondido, Paramount, Chatsworth, Bakersfield, West Sacramento, and Morgan Hill.

If you’re in the market for new or used machine, to rent, or you need to repower an old machine, call us first. We’re here to help.

 

 

Let Us Help You With Your ROAR Annual Reporting

The #1 question we’ve been asked by our customers is, “Can you handle the ROAR reporting?” And the answer is, “Yes.”

[Call Shaun Flanagan today at 951-256-2040 ]

What is ROAR? ROAR is a Responsible Official Affirmation of Reporting (ROAR), is a form which is signed by a responsible official or designee stating that In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation (Off-Road Regulation) is accurate and that the fleet is in compliance with the Off-Road Regulation.

Who Needs to submit a ROAR form? The new regulations are that ALL-FLEET sizes are required to comply.

When is a ROAR due? The regulations is that all vehicles that were in fleet as of December 31st of the prior year, needs to file by March 1st of the following year. So for example a ROAR is due by March 1, 2019 for the fleet as it was on December 31, 2012 (citation). 

What’s required to fulfill my annual reporting requirements? Prior to submitting a ROAR, a fleet must verify that their reported information is accurate as of the prior December 31st. Any changes to the fleet that have not been reported during the calendar year, such as Verified Diesel Emission Control Strategy (VDECS) installations or removals and engine repowers, must be
reported as part of the annual reporting requirements. (citation).

To complete annual reporting fleets must:

  • Log into DOORS on or after January 1, 2018, and report all changes made to
    the fleet in 2017, including updated contact information.
  • Enter engine hour meter readings for the 2017 calendar year on the “Low-Use”
    page.
  • Report engine hour meter readings for vehicles used for agricultural operations
    51-99% of the time [hardcopy form MSCD ISB-145 (REV 4/14)].
  • Submit the Responsible Official Affirmation of Reporting (ROAR) form.

How can West Coast Equipment help? We can do everything except sign the document. As the responsible party, you or your designee must sign.

What are my next steps? Call Shaun Flanagan today at 951-256-2040

Click here to read the Annual Reporting and ROAR Reminder for more information.

 

Broadband Coming to Rural California

Microsoft has a new initiative to help get broadband to 3 million people in rural areas in by 2022, it’s called Microsoft Airband Initiative.

This initiative uses TV white spaces technology combined with 4G, and “…traditional fiber-based connectivity, and satellite coverage to dramatically reduce the cost and time of extending broadband access to rural communities across America,” according to Microsoft.

According to a recent study, “96% of contractors and 70% of trade contractors report that site superintendents use mobile devices on work sites.” However, as you know many work sites are in areas with low or no connectivity, so we imagine that as this technology takes hold across the country it will make your job easier, more efficient, and safer.

California is one of the states is one of the states included in the initiative, with two startup companies, Tribal Digital Village and Numbers4Health awarded Airband Grant Fund dollars. Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia are also included bringing the total to 25 states served by this time next year.