RECALL: Fiskars® 32-Inch Bypass Lopper Shears

Recall Summary

Name of product:

Fiskars® 32-Inch Bypass Lopper Shears

Hazard:

The lopper handles can break when attempting to cut branches, posing a risk of serious injury and laceration.

Remedy:View DetailsReplaceConsumer Contact:

Fiskars toll-free at (855) 544-0151 anytime or visit Fiskars’ website at www2.fiskars.com and click on “Product Notifications” for more information.

Report an Incident Involving this Product

Recall Details

In conjunction with

Units

About 277,000 in the U.S. and 11,000 in Canada

Description

This recall involves Fiskars Titanium Bypass Lopper shears with model number 6954. The lopper shears have 32-inch dark orange steel handles and black rubber grips with a gray strip. Plastic gears connected to the pruning blades allow the consumers to open and close the pruning blades by moving the handles.  “FISKARS” is printed on one handle and product identification information, including model number 6954, is printed on a label on the opposite handle above the barcode.

Incidents/Injuries

The firm has received 11 reports of incidents involving lopper handles breaking, including reports of bruising and lacerations, some required stitches to the head and face.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lopper shears and contact Fiskars to receive a replacement lopper.

Sold exclusively at

Home Depot stores nationwide and online at HomeDepot.com from May 2011 through June 2014 for about $40

Distributor

Fiskars Brands Inc., of Madison, Wis.

Manufactured in

China

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RECALL: Bad Boy Buggies Off-Road Vehicles

Recall Date: September 25, 2014

Recall Number: 14-281

Bad Boy Buggies Recalls Recreational Off-Road Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Bad Boy Buggies Off-Road Vehicles

Hazard: Incorrect parking brake adjustments and improperly bled brake lines can diminish a consumer’s braking ability, posing a crash hazard.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: Bad Boy Buggies toll-free at (855) 738-3711 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.badboybuggies.com and click on “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 4,460

Description: This recall involves gas- and electric-powered, four-wheeled recreational vehicles manufactured by Bad Boy Buggies. The vehicles have bench seats for the driver and passenger, a cargo bed in the rear of the two-person model, and a rear-facing back seat in the four-person model. The recreational vehicles were sold in black, camouflage, green and red, and have 1¾ inch tubular steel exterior frames. The recalled off-road vehicles have serial numbers ranging from 8004970 through 8012901. Serial numbers are printed on a plate or label on the steering column. Brand and model names are printed on the side and front panels of the vehicle. For a list of model names included in the recall, click here:http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Bad-Boy-Buggies-Recalls-Recreational-Off-Road-Vehicles/

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact Bad Boy Buggies or an authorized dealer for a free repair.

Sold at: Bad Boy Buggies dealers nationwide from August 2012 through May 2014 for between $9,600 and $14,400.

Manufacturer: Bad Boy Buggies, of Augusta, Ga.

Manufactured in: United States

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OSHA Reporting Changes

Previously, employers had to report the following events to OSHA:

  • All work-related fatalities
  • All work-related hospitalizations of three or more employees

Now, employers have to report the following events to OSHA:

  •  All work-related fatalities
  • All work-related in-patient hospitalizations of one or more employees
  • All work-related amputations
  • All work-related losses of an eye

Employers must report work-related fatalities within 8 hours of finding out about it.

For any in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or eye loss employers must report the incident within 24 hours of learning about it.

Only fatalities occurring within 30 days of the work-related incident must be reported to OSHA. Further, for an inpatient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye, then incidents must be reported to OSHA only if they occur within 24 hours of the work-related incident.

Employers have three options for reporting the event:

1. By telephone to the nearest OSHA Area Office during normal business hours.

2. By telephone to the 24-hour OSHA hotline (1-800-321-OSHA or 1-800-321-6742).

3. OSHA is developing a new means of reporting events electronically, which will be released soon and accessible on OSHA’s website.

For additional information please go to: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/

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RECALL: Kidde hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms

Name of product:

Kidde hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms 

Hazard:

The alarms could fail to alert consumers of a fire or a CO incident following a power outage.

View Details Replace Consumer Contact:

Kidde toll-free at (844) 553-9011 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.kidde.com and click on Recalls for more information.

Units

About 1.2 million in the United States and about 112,000 in Canada

Description

This recall involves Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014. They are hard-wired into a home’s electric power. The il2010S and il2010SCO come with sealed 10 year batteries inside. The KN-COSM-IBA model has a compartment on the front for installation of replaceable AA backup batteries. The alarms are white, round and measure about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Kidde is engraved on the front of the alarm. Kidde, the model number and manufacture dates are printed on a label on the back of the alarm. “Always On” is also engraved on the front of alarms with sealed 10-year batteries.

Incidents/Injuries

None reported

Remedy

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement smoke or combination smoke/CO alarm. Consumers should keep using the recalled alarms until they install replacement alarms.

Sold at

CED, City Electric Supply, HD Supply, Home Depot, Menards Inc. and other retailers, electrical distributors and online at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and shopkidde.com from January 2014 through July 2014 for between $30 and $50.

Importer

Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc., of Mebane, N.C.

Manufacturer

Fyrnetics Ltd. of Hong Kong

Manufactured in

China

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Now Offering: Breathing Air Testing

Breathing Air Testing

Compressed air has many applications, including its use for breathing air. Some people breathe compressed air using Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and others use airline respirators which are supplied air from various types of compressors.

In OSHA’s respirator protective equipment standard (1910.134) they require “the employer to provide employees using atmosphere-supplying respirators (supplied-air and SCBA) with breathing gases of high purity” and further state that “Compressed breathing air shall meet at least the requirements for Grade D breathing air described in ANSI/Compressed Gas Association Commodity Specification for Air, G-7.1”

Simply put employers on an annual basis must ensure that breathing air….

  • Has 19.5 to 23.5% oxygen
  • Has less than 5 milligrams per cubic meter of Hyrdrocarbons (i.e. Oils)
  • Has less than 10 ppm of Carbon Monoxide
  • Has less than 1000 ppm of Carbon Dioxide and
  • Lack of “noticeable odor”.

For more information, click here

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MOT Changes effective July 15

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has implemented changes to the Maintenance of Traffic training requirements. As a valued customer of Safety Links, we will keep you abreast of changes in training and/or standards that affect your company. If you have questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Effective July 15, 2014


MOT Basic Flagger:

  • All flaggers (existing and new) will have to take a new FDOT approved MOT Basic Flagger certification course by January 1, 2015 and be included in the new online database or they will not be allowed to flag on FDOT projects.
  • The new MOT Basic Flagger certification course has been standardized to ensure consistent training throughout the state, and will be released on July 15, 2014.
  • Only Approved MOT Training Providers can provide the MOT Basic Flagger certification in the State of Florida.
  • The flagger must successfully demonstrate their flagging knowledge and skills to an approved provider.
  • After the skills assessment is successfully completed, the provider will issue an immediate temporary certification.
  • Once the student’s data is entered into the MOT Training database, the permanent MOT Basic Flagger Certificate will be available in the database for printing by that student.
  • The MOT Basic Flagger certification will expire four years after its issuance.

MOT Intermediate and Refresher:

  • All training must be conducted using the FDOT provided course material.
  • Only authorized MOT providers and instructors can provide MOT training in the State of Florida.
  • After the exam is successfully completed, the provider will issue an immediate temporary certification.
  • Once the student’s data is entered into the MOT Training database, the permanent MOT Intermediate Certificate will be available in the database for printing by that student.
  • The MOT Intermediate certification will expire four years after its issuance.

MOT Advanced and Refresher:

  • All training must be conducted using the FDOT provided course material.
  • Only authorized MOT providers and instructors can provide MOT training in the State of Florida.
  • After the exam is successfully completed, the provider will issue an immediate temporary certification.
  • Once the student’s data is entered into the MOT Training database, the permanent MOT Advanced Certificate will be available in the database for printing by that student.
  • The MOT Advanced certification will expire four years after its issuance.

MOT Restricted Activities:

  • Discontinued course. Must take the 16-Hour Intermediate course.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Fran at fsoto@safetylinks.net or 407-705-3899

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RECALL: Porter-Cable Fixed-Base Production Routers

Recall Date: July 2, 2014

Recall Number: 14-221

Porter-Cable Fixed-Base Production Routers Recalled Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Fixed-base routers and router bases

Hazard: The router base handles are not insulated, posing an electric shock hazard.

Remedy:  Replace

Consumer Contact:  Porter-Cable toll-free at (888) 344-7973 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email support.portercable@sbdinc.com , or online at www.portercable.com, click on Important Safety Notice/Recalls, then select 2014 for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 100,000 in the United States and about 7,800 in Canada

Description: Four Porter-Cable 3 1/4 horsepower, electric, fixed-base production routers and one production router base are being recalled. The recalled routers are about 11 inches tall and 7 inches wide. The top of the router motor is black plastic and has the on/off switch for the router. The base is painted gray and has two side handles, an adjuster ring on the top and a clamp screw on the rear. The side handles on the base of recalled routers have no insulation. The Porter-Cable name and logo are on the front of the base. The recalled routers and base were manufactured from 1990 to April 2014.

Click here for the list of router models being recalled: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Porter-Cable-Fixed-Base-Production-Routers-Recalled/

The router model number and the manufacture date code are on a metal plate on the back of the upper motor housing. The date code consists of the year of manufacture, the week of manufacture and the manufacturing plant code in the YYYY WW-XX format.

The router base is model number 75361 and is also sold separately. The model number is located on the side of the base opposite the Porter-Cable label.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled routers and router bases, unplug the routers and contact Porter-Cable for a free replacement router base with insulation on the handles.

Sold at: Major industrial equipment suppliers and woodworker suppliers nationwide from 1990 to April 2014 for about $85 to $690 depending on the model.

Manufacturer/Importer/Distributor: Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., dba Porter-Cable, Towson, Md.

Manufactured in: Mexico.

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

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RECALL: Hitachi Koki Recalls Pneumatic Nailers

nailer

Recall Date: June 12, 2014

Recall Number: 14-205

Hitachi Koki Recalls Pneumatic Nailers Due to Injury Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Hitachi Koki Pneumatic Nailernailer

Hazard: The pneumatic nailers can jam and override the safety switch that permits only one nail to fire at a time, posing an injury risk.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: Hitachi Koki U.S.A. Ltd. toll-free at (844) 666-9469 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.hitachipowertools.com and click on “Safety Notice Recall” for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 25,000 units in the United States and 300 in Canada

Description: This recall involves two models of Hitachi Koki 3 ¼ inch strip pneumatic nailers with depth adjustment. Affected model numbers are NR83A2(Y) and NR83A3. Model numbers are located on a label attached to the side of the nailers and on the outside of the box containing the product. The manufacturing date can be identified by the serial number engraved at the end of the handle on the nailer. Model number NR83A2(Y) has serial numbers which start with QD2, QN2 QO2, Q13, Q23, Q33, Q43, Q52, Q53, Q62, Q72, Q82 and Q92. Model number NR83A3 has serial numbers which start with QD3, QN3, QO3, Q14, Q24, Q34, Q63, Q73, Q83 and Q93. Units with a letter “R” decal next to the model number and an engraved “R” near the serial number are not included in this product recall. 

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled nailers and contact Hitachi Koki U.S.A. for instructions on how to return the product for a free repair.

Sold by: Independent home improvement and building supply stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com, Walmart.com and Grainger.com from May 2012 through May 2014 for about $300.

Importer: Hitachi Koki U.S.A. Ltd., of Norcross, Ga.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

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Congratulations to the ASSE Central Florida Chapter!

ASSE Central Florida

ASSE Central FloridaOn Monday, April 24, 2014, Society President Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CFIOSH, EurOSHM, announced that the Central Florida Chapter is the 2012-2013 recipient of the ASSE Medium Chapter of the Year Award!  

“I understand the work and team effort that goes into a successful chapter year, as well as the diligence it takes to track the information requested for the Chapter of the Year petition” Ms. Seabrook says. “As a Chapter of the Year Award winner, you are identified as a leader amongst the 151 ASSE chapters throughout the world, with regard to your professional development, chapter communication and superior service to your constituency. You have set your chapter apart as a true performer and you should be proud of your achievements. Your dedication and commitment have truly helped ASSE to continue to grow and thrive as a premiere organization through your outstanding efforts.”

The Chapter of the Year awards will be given out at the Chapter Recognition Luncheon on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Safety 2014, ASSE’s Professional Development Conference in Orlando, Florida! The luncheon will be held from 11:45am to 1:00pm at the Orange County Convention Center.

Congratulation to the ASSE Central Florida Chapter!

http://centralfl.asse.org/2014/04/central-florida-chapter-recieves-medium-chapter-of-the-year-award/

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OSHA schedules meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health May 7-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Work groups will meet May 7 and the full committee will meet May 8.

ACCSH, established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, advises the secretary of labor and assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health on construction standards and policy matters.

The full committee agenda includes remarks from Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, updates on rulemaking projects from OSHA’s Directorate of Construction, discussion on the proposed rule on Beryllium: Alternatives for Construction and on updates to OSHA’s standard on eye and face protection in construction and proposed amendments and corrections to OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks standards. In addition, the committee will discuss items from the proposed Standards Improvement Project IV and a presentation on 29 CFR 1926, Subpart V, Power Transmission and Distribution.

Work groups and the full committee will meet in Room N-3437 A-C, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20210.The following work groups will meet May 7: Health Hazards, Emerging Issues, and Prevention through Design from 10 a.m. – noon; Temporary Workers from 1-3 p.m.; and Training and Outreach from 3:15-5:15 p.m. The full committee meeting will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., May 8. All meetings are open to the public.

Comments and requests to speak may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Comments may also be submitted via mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments and requests to speak must be submitted by April 18, 2014.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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To view the original press release, visit https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=25824

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