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Suspension trauma: Every minute counts

If a worker wearing fall protection falls and is left suspended in the air too long, he or she may develop suspension trauma. OSHA defines suspension trauma, also known as orthostatic intolerance, as "the development of symptoms such as light-headedness, palpitations, tremulousness, poor concentration ... and occasionally fainting” while suspended in a sedentary position.

Suspension trauma can lead to death when gravity and lack of movement cause blood to pool into the legs of a suspended worker. OSHA notes that if a worker's legs are immobile due to vertical hanging, blood will not effectively pump back to the heart. As blood accumulates in the legs, veins can expand, reducing the amount of blood in circulation. The body reacts by speeding up the heart rate in an attempt to maintain blood flow to the brain.

If a worker is left suspended for too long, lack of blood flow to the brain may cause fainting, organ and renal failure, and potentially death. OSHA states that suspension in a fall-arrest device can result in unconsciousness, followed by death, in less than 30 minutes.

To help prevent suspension trauma, OSHA recommends:

  • Rescue suspended workers as soon as possible.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of orthostatic intolerance and that it is life-threatening. Suspended workers with head injuries or who are unconscious are particularly at risk.

Additionally, OSHA notes that rescue procedures should include the following contingency-based actions:

  • If self-rescue is not possible, or if rescue cannot be performed right away, the suspended worker should be trained to pump his or her legs frequently to activate muscles to reduce the risk of venous blood pooling.
  • The suspended worker should continuously be monitored for signs and symptoms of suspension trauma.
  • Ensure the worker receives standard trauma resuscitation once rescued.
  • If the rescued worker is unconscious, keep his or her air passages open and provide first aid.
  • Monitor the worker and ensure he or she is evaluated by a health care professional.

Five common arc flash safety program mistakes

Safety Management

Safety and health professionals are intensely serious about protecting workers from the hazards of electrical arc flash and complying with industry safety standards. But it's easy to make mistakes that create unnecessary costs (both time and money) or put workers at risk. As you comply with NFPA 70E and OSHA safety standards, avoid these common missteps:

1. Starting in the middle - Companies often start their Arc Flash Safety Programs by gathering quotes from contractors that perform arc flash studies. A better place to begin is becoming familiar with the issue yourself, even if you will outsource the study. Training for management teams needing an overview of arc flash hazards and how to comply with regulations is available. Or obtain a copy of NFPA 70E and sign up for some basic arc flash training. You'll be an informed buyer who can make the most of the process for your company.

2. Failure to develop company electrical safety policies and procedures - The assessment was done. The warning labels were installed. But too many companies do not have written safety policies and procedures in place to ensure all workers understand their roles and responsibilities. It is best to incorporate these policies and procedures into the arc flash training required for all employees.
3. Failure to plan for arc flash follow-up - A quality arc flash study will include a detailed list of recommendations to lower hazard levels and address any National Electrical Code (NEC) violations. These recommendations may require capital expenditures to make electrical system modifications.
4. Failure to update the arc flash hazard assessment - Most electrical systems undergo modifications from time to time. Equipment is removed, lines are added, and aging equipment is replaced. These changes affect the arc flash hazard levels and require an update to the arc flash hazard assessment, per NFPA 70E 130.3.

5. Failure to provide annual refresher training - For most companies, arc flash safety standards require electrical workers to significantly change their work practices. Annual refresher training reminds workers of the standards and addresses questions and confusion that may have developed. This clarity ensures workers do not revert to old, less safe behaviors.

For best results from your arc flash safety program, start with a foundation of knowledge, develop plant-wide policies, follow up on recommendations, and keep your hazard assessment and training program up to date.

Source:  Power Source LLC



CAOHC Course

CAOHC Certification/Recertification Course
Day Star will be offering the CAOHC 20-hour certification and the 8-hour recertification course on January 21st - 23rd, 2014 or those individuals performing audiometric testing. For more information or to register you may call 800-747-1401 or go online to and click on Training Classes.



Day Star is currently looking to hire an additional salesperson for the Kansas City area.  If interested, please email your resume to EEO



Heart of America ASSE Chapter - January 13th - 12 pm to 1:30 PM - Midwest Public Risk - 19400 E. Valley View Parkway - Independence, Mo. - Topic is Safety Challenges with Public Entities - Speakers include Todd Foster - MPR, Eric Hallerud - City of Kansas City, Mo. - Cheryl Tinsley - City of Independence, Mo. - Please RSVP to  You may also pay on-line at

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - January 8th - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM - Builders Association Training Center - Topic is Grinder Safety - Speaker is Gary Acton with Metabo.  Please RSVP by 12 pm on January 6th by calling the CSG reservation line at 816-471-0880 ext. 1369 or contact Tom Ruzicka, Secretary/Recorder at

Wichita ASSE Chapter - January 6th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM -ISI Building - Topic is Region V Update - Speaker is Scott Huberty, Regional VP ASSE.  Please RSVP to Wayne Kordonowy at

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group - January 10th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Golden Corral on East Kellogg - For more information please contact Tamara Hadley at 316-264-7050 or

SCO Safety Alliance - Joplin - January 14th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - Red Hot & Blue - For more information please contact Barbie Lee at 417-869-2121 x106 or 800-334-1349 or

SCO Safety Alliance - Monett - January 16th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - Big Baldy's Bac-Woods BBQ - For more information please contact Barbie Lee at 417-869-2121 x106 or 800-334-1349 or

SCO Safety Alliance - Springfield - January 21st - 7:30 AM to 9 AM - Safety Council of the Ozarks office - For more information please contact Barbie Lee at 417-869-2121 x106 or 800-334-1349 or

SCO Safety Alliance - West Plains - January 8th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - TBD - For more information please contact Barbie Lee at 417-869-2121 x106 or 800-334-1349 or

SCO Safety Alliance - Harrison, Ar. - January 21st - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Western Sizzlin - For more information please contact Barbie Lee at 417-869-2121 x106 or 800-334-1349 or

SCO Safety Alliance - Northwest Arkansas - January 8th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Johnny Carino's - Rogers, Ar. - For more information please contact Greg Knight at or Fred Norwood at

Mid-Missouri Section ASSE - January 23rd - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - HyVee Conference Room - Conley Road - Columbia, Mo. - Please RSVP to Adam Burks at



Adams Point Conference Center

5th Annual Midwest Construction Safety Conference
Adams Pointe Conference Center -Blue Springs, Missouri
March 13th & 14th, 2014
For more information go to

MID AM Conference

May 5-9, 2014
Hilton Convention Center - Branson, Mo.
More information available early 2014

65th Safety and Health Conference



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