Health and Safety

National Ladder Safety Month

Every step matters: From step stools to extension ladders, make sure you're putting the right foot forward.

Every year over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Mark your calendar to join the American Ladder Institute (ALI) in celebrating the first-ever National Ladder Safety Month, designed to raise awareness of ladder safety and to decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities.


Health and Welfare trustees announce benefit improvements effective January 2017

Boilermakers National Funds

Rates will not increase for Active G/GR or Retiree Coverage

Although Active G/GR rates have not increased since 2010, participants of the Health and Welfare Fund will see benefit improvements effective January 1, 2017.

The Health and Welfare Board of Trustees approved the following benefit improvements at the September 2016 board meeting:

Reporter  V55N3

150 Workers Killed on the Job Every Day

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mariah Young, 202-637-5018

(Washington, DC, April 27, 2016) – More than 4,820 workers were killed on the job in 2014, according to a new report by the AFL-CIO. Additionally an estimated 50,000-60,000 died from occupational diseases, resulting in a daily loss of nearly 150 workers from preventable workplace injuries and illnesses.


April is one of the Deadliest Months

in the Metal and Nonmetal Mining Industry

The beginning of spring in the metal and nonmetal mining industry signals the startup of mines that were idled during the winter months. Often when these operations recommence, they begin with new employees who are new to the mining environment. The new workforce, along with miners performing unfamiliar tasks, has resulted in the month of April being the second deadliest month in the MNM mining industry with a total of 50 fatals since 2000.


Did work in the nuclear weapons industry make you ill?

Compensation and medical benefits may be available

IF YOU HAVE been employed in the nuclear weapons industry and have been diagnosed with cancer, chronic beryllium disease, beryllium sensitivity or silicosis — and your illness was caused by exposure to radiation, beryllium or silica while working in the industry — you may be eligible for compensation or medical benefits under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

Reporter  V54N4

Local 69 tops safety third year in a row

Local 69 (Little Rock, Ark.) BM-ST Rodney Allison, center, accepts the top NACBE safety award on behalf of his local. Joining in the presentation are (l. to r.) NACBE Exec. Dir. John Erickson, IVP-SE Warren Fairley, IP Newton Jones and NACBE Pres. Greg Purdon.

Compensable injury rate reaches record low

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) presented its annual safety awards to the 2014 top-performing locals from the Boilermakers’ four U.S. vice-presidential sections during the Construction Sector Operations conference held at Marco Island, Fla., March 2-5.

Locals  L-69, L-92, L-105, L-237
Reporter  V54N2

DOL offers help for beryllium exposure, silicosis

Eligible employees, contractors could get compensation, free medical care

WORKERS EMPLOYED AT 11 Department of Energy sites across the United States who were made ill by exposure to beryllium or silica dust may have a claim for compensation and free medical care under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

The program went into effect July 31, 2001 with the U.S. Department of Labor’s implementation of Part B. Part E implementation began Oct. 28, 2004.

Reporter  V52N3

Workers at nuclear waste site receive safety recognition

Left to right, CB&I’s Duane Inman; L-242 members Jesse Todhunter, Scott Covington, and Dan Anderson; CB&I’s Lewis May; and L-242 members Joe Vander Meersch, David Derbyshire, and Luka Bender.

L-242 members work four years at Hanford without recordable injury

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 242 (Spokane, Wash.) working at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash., received recognition from signatory contractor Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) recently for working four calendar years without a recordable injury.

Locals  L-242
Reporter  V52N2

L-101 hosts welding exhaust study

Participating in a recent welding exhaust study are, first row, left to right, Local 101 members Mickey Roer, Blayne Graham, T.R. Thayer, and Mykola Savechenko. Second row, Mark Garrett, D-H&SS; Vince Shelly, Local 101; Jesus Alfero, Local 101; Pam Susi, CPWR; Oleg Vdovich, L-101; and Andre Green L-101. Not in picture is Sergio Caporali, PhD, of the University of Puerto Rico.

Group seeks to measure training effectiveness

EIGHT VOLUNTEERS FROM Local 101, Denver, recently participated in a two-phase pilot study at the lodge designed to measure the effectiveness of local exhaust ventilation (LEV) training. The study is being carried out by the Center for Construction Research & Training (CPWR) and a consortium of university researchers.

Boilermakers Health and Safety Services Director Mark Garrett was on hand to observe the study, which was performed by Pam Susi of CPWR and Sergio Caporali, PhD, of the University of Puerto Rico.

Locals  L-101
Reporter  V52N2

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