January 15, 2020

OSHA 2019 Fiscal Year Statistics Show Compliance Assistance Record, Inspections Increase

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) 2019 fiscal year statistics show that the administration has upped the ante when it comes to ensuring safe environments for workers. During the 2019 fiscal year, OSHA observed an increase in both compliance assistance provided and inspections conducted. In total, the administration provided […]
March 20, 2019

When should my crane and overhead hoist be inspected?

This is a question we are asked frequently, and OSHA Standard 1910.179, Section J, answers that question.  In short, here are a few key points from the Standard: There are two general classifications, periodic and frequent. Periodic inspections are required on 1 to 12-month intervals, generally, Frequent inspections are required […]
March 6, 2019

Changes to OSHA Requirements for Gates (Latches)

OSHA changed the requirements for gates (latches) on Fall Arrest Lanyards, Self-Retracting Lanyards, carabiners, as well as any other fall arrest product that has a gate (latch). Under the new requirements, the gate (latch) must have a 3,600-pound marking on the actual gate (latch) indicating that it was proof tested […]
February 18, 2019

OSHA Requires Inspections

Did you know OSHA requires inspections for material handling systems? It does!  OSHA 1910.179, section J mandates periodic (generally interpreted as yearly) inspections for overhead hoists and cranes. Additionally, if your system is used frequently, monthly inspections are required.   McDal has a team of qualified technicians to inspect overhead hoists […]
January 28, 2019

How can I cost justify fall protection systems?

Because falls are so prevalent, numerous OSHA Standards outline what an employer must do to provide fall protection for its employees.  Unfortunately, many businesses find it difficult to cost justify safety systems.  Justifying a project that costs money without a perceived benefit to the “bottom line” is a daunting task.  […]
January 28, 2019

Why is addressing fall hazards important?

“Falls to a lower level is the second leading preventable fatal workplace event and the third leading event resulting in cases with days away from work.” (; viewed 1/8/2019).  So, it is no surprise that for the last two years, OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations list was dominated by […]
January 28, 2019

Falls are no laughing matter!

Did you know…OSHA requires fall protection for each employee on a walking-working surface with an unprotected side or edge that is 4’ or more above a lower level for general industry and 6’ or more in the construction industry (OSHA Standards 1910.28 and 1910.501 respectively)? McDal Corporation assesses fall arrest […]