SCT’s own Vice President of the Construction Safety Services Division, Jocko Vermillion was on location at the New YMCA Downtown location set to open 2016 in the Old Galleria. Mr. Vermillion is a nationally recognized Tower Safety Professional and OSHA expert with over 20 years of experience in safety, consultation and OSHA compliance.
Hired by the great folks at Infinity Construction Group to conduct Site Safety Audits, Jocko is working hard everyday to keep workers safe here in the Cleveland Area.
A special thanks to T.H. Martin Inc. who were working hard during the audit and were more then accommodating to Mr. Vermillion. SCT is always proud to stand side by side with any company that makes the safety of its workers a priority.


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2015 CEA/CISP Golf International

SCT is proud to Sponsor the 2015 CEA/CISP Golf International. Thank you to all the men and women who came out to make this event so wonderful and a special thanks to Tim Linville, Esq. Chief Executive Officer Construction Employers & Westwood Country Club!


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OSHA targets Health Care Industry for enforcement

CLEVELAND, OHIO — Health Care workers at inpatient health care settings, specifically hospitals and nursing/residential care facilities, should expect to see more safety oversight from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as it focuses on safety hazards in the medical profession.

OSHA’s directive extends and expands the recently-concluded National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Nursing and Residential Care Facilities. Results from the Bureau of Labor Statics and OSHA’s own inspection history of the NEP prompted the increased focus on enforcement.

The areas of most concern include:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) related to patient or resident handling
  • Workplace violence
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Tuberculosis
  • Slips, trips and falls

Data collected by BLS in 2013 attributes 44 percent of all reported injuries within hospitals and nursing/residential care facilities as involving overexertion-related incidents. That figure is one-and-a-half times the total MSDs rate for reported injuries in all industries (33 percent).

Anticipation and preparation for inpatient health care facilities is crucial. With OSHA’s announced focus on enforcement, it may be a question of “when” rather than “if” OSHA inspects a facility.

The health care providers need to be proactive about the safety of their employees and their facilities. Make sure all employees have OSHA-compliant safety training. Address the OSHA directive’s main safety concerns by considering the following authorized OSHA courses, which SCT experts are ready to teach:

  • OSHA 2255 Principles of Ergonomics Applied to Work-Related Musculoskeletal & Nerve Disorders
  • OSHA 7200 Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure Control for Health Care Facilities
  • OSHA 10-Hour Training for the Health Care Industry (includes fall protection)
  • OSHA 7000 Training Guidelines for Safe Patient Handling
  • OSHA 7205 Health Hazard Awareness

SCT has our clients’ backs when it comes to ensuring companies and their employees are capable of performing their jobs efficiently and safely.

As SCT Vice President Jocko Vermillion always says, “The easiest OSHA citation to defend is the one you never get.”

Call the safety experts at SCT at 440-449-6000 / 800-204-1729 to organize your company’s safety program today.

SCT VP Jocko Vermillion featured in AGL Magazine

SCT VP Jocko Vermillion was recently featured in AGL Magazine (Above Ground Level), a tower industry specific trade publication.

In the article titled, “OSHA Seeks Comment on Better Protections for Communications Tower Workers,” Mr. Vermillion, a former OSHA compliance officer and the agency’s national tower expert, said OSHA leaders and tower industry leaders need to renew their partnership in order to attain the level of commitment to safety they want.

A PDF of the article, written by Don Bishop, is below. See the fully May issue of AGL Magazine here:

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Ohio BWC Drug Free Safety Deadline Fast Approaching

Private employers have until Friday, May 29, 2015, to complete the Drug Free Safety Program application for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation before being shut out for the year.

Employers who participate in the DFSP are eligible to receive a BWC premium rebate depending on the program level they choose.

Those selecting the Basic DFSP are eligible for a four-percent (4%) rebate, while those on the Advanced DFSP are eligible for a seven-percent (7%) rebate. Rebates are contingent upon a company satisfying requirements of its program level.

The Occupational Health Department at Safety Controls Technology can customize a Drug-Free Safety plan for your company that aligns with BWC regulations. Gail Grueser, SCT’s Substance Abuse Professional, can walk your company through the application process, develop your policy, train your employees and supervisors, conduct your drug testing and teach you how to maintain your program in-house.

Contact Gail at 440-449-6000 / 800-204-1729 to find out how SCT can help you make your workplace drug free today.

Visit the Ohio BWC website to find out more.

National Safety Stand-Down

The National Safety Stand Down is from May 4-15 and is to raise awareness for fall hazards. The worst part about falls is that each and every one is completely preventable with the correct equipment, training and PPE.

Join us in preventing death and injury by falls and conduct a safety stand-down. Safety stand-downs are when employers and employees come together every day to reduce the risk of a fall; and you can do this by talking about potential risks on the job, conducting equipment inspections, or developing safety plans. Click here to learn more and to receive a certificate of participation.

Check out this short video we created with SCT Vice President Jocko Vermillion, and Dr. Bridgette Hester, founder/presdient of the Hubble Foundation, about the Safety Stand Down and how you can partake.

SCT and ISNetworld

You’ve taken the steps to make your company or business as safe as can be with a customized safety program and training from SCT. But did you know that SCT’s safety standards make your company or business a better candidate for ISNetworld?

ISNetworld (ISN) is the largest online database connecting contractors and suppliers with clients looking for services across myriad industries. ISN collects and verifies members’ self-reported safety, environmental, insurance and compliance information.

For clients looking to obtain contractor or supplier services, ISN can help cut down on the administrative costs it takes to find, research and evaluate potential contractors/suppliers. For contractors and suppliers, ISN is a way to keep all safety and compliance information in a single location.

Joining the database is a client’s decision. SCT is an independent third party and is no way affiliated with ISN. The only correlation is SCT’s safety training and programming better enable companies to participate in ISN should they so choose.

Visit ISN’s website here.

NIOSH Talks About Forthcoming NIOSH Pocket Guide Mobile App

Columbus, Ohio – Mobile Safety Apps were a particularly popular subject at the 2015 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, held March 31 – April 2 by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

More than 200 people registered for the session titled, “Occupational Safety and Health Mobile Apps: Case Studies and Discussion of Current Environment.”mNPG

Presenter Donna Van Bogaert, Ph.D., chief information resources and dissemination branch for National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati said the NIOSH Pocket Guide To Chemical Hazards is one of the most requested government documents and the most popular NIOSH publication.

With the ubiquity of smartphones, Pocket Guide users have naturally wanted to have the convenience of an electronic, easily searchable version in the field.

Van Bogaert said a three-year grant from the National Occupational Research Agenda competition allowed NIOSH to research the concept of launching a mobile Pocket Guide app.

Questions they had to answer included how much interactivity is important to the user, how much memory storage the app requires and the long-term sustainability costs of this app.

“We are starting the field test period with occupational safety and health professionals, emergency responders and healthcare professionals,” Van Bogaert said. “Once we complete NIOSH and CDC clearance, we’ll be making the (mobile NIOSH Pocket Guide app) available in Fall 2015.”

But what about the NIOSH Pocket Guide apps that already exist in an App Store when a cursory search is performed?

They’re not legitimate.

“Of the three apps currently available that brand themselves as NIOSH Pocket Guide none is a sanctioned version of the guide,” Van Bogaert said. “We don’t know the level of integrity of the data. And as we’re a government agency, our guide will be free.”

The imposter NIOSH Pocket Guide apps available, which at last check were costing about $8 to download, most likely ripped their content from NIOSH’s website.

While NIOSH can verify the integrity of information on its website, it cannot assure these unsanctioned “NIOSH” apps haven’t tampered with the data.

The best bet? Wait for the official NIOSH Pocket Guide to be released in the fall.

Van Bogaert said the official app will feature a responsive content design, which means the app would recognize the type of device being used to access the information and adjusts the format to best fit the specific device.

Another benefit to the app, it will be useable offline, she added, which means a device doesn’t have to be connected to the Internet in order for the user to access the information.

For more information about the NIOSH Pocket Guide, visit here: NIOSH Pocket Guide

SCT Hires Whitney Murray, MBA

Joining the SCT Team is Whitney Murray, MBA, who will serve as a research and field analyst and assistant to Vice president Jocko Vermillion. Whitney, who is moving to Cleveland from Jacksonville, Florida, has a background in environmental work and wastewater treatment.”That’s a service we haven’t been able to offer, the wastewater treatment industry,” Jocko sawhitneyid. “We’ve had to sub contract that work. We’re hoping to keep that in-house now. We want to really be a one stop shop.”Jocko added Whitney will be a big help in the expert witness field. By joining SCT, Whitney brings more than 12 years of experience in the field of Environmental, Health & Safety and business management. Her background spans the aerospace, maritime and glass industries. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a major in Environmental Engineering from Florida State University, Whitney achieved her Engineer Intern status and followed that with an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2012. “I worked with Whitney when she was the EHS Director for Anchor Glass in Jacksonville last year,” said Joe Ventura, SCT General Manager. “She demonstrated to me that she had strong competencies in the area of general industry safety and had a real desire to learn construction rebuild safety.”Joe added that with her background in wastewater safety management, Whitney will bring a whole new dimension of environmental safety that SCT is not practicing right now.


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