To help prevent silicosis and other health hazards associated with silica dust inhalation, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the following video to discuss the importance of adhering to silica dust standards when dry grinding, cutting and polishing material.
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE), Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, has announced Peter Jordansson will take up the position of senior vice president of purchasing and supplier management on the executive management team, reporting to Volvo CE President Melker Jernberg. With more than 20 years of experience in logistics and transport, Peter has worked with Volvo Group, Scania, Södertälje, Sweden, and most recently steel company SSAB, Lisle, Illinois. His position will become effective Oct. 1.
Peter’s new role will mark his return to Volvo CE after he previously held a management position at the company. In his new position as senior vice president, he will promote the needs of the supply chain in the company’s strategic discussions.
“I am really pleased to welcome Peter to the executive management team,” Volvo CE President Melker Jernberg, says. “Peter has had strong track records of managing the full supply chain in different industries, from operational level to strategic level. The supply chain is a critical part of our overall business and we see a need for the purchasing function to get more focus by being directly represented in Volvo CE's strategic discussions.”
Peter’s first logistics position came in 1994, at AQ Segerström & Svensson, a company based in the same town as Volvo CE’s manufacturing facilities in Eskilstuna, Sweden. In 2003 Peter joined Scania as production planning manager and later manager of logistics for Scania’s engine assembly facility in Södertälje. He then spent two years working for Volvo CE as manager of logistics at the Arvika facility in Sweden before rejoining Scania as purchasing director at the company’s Buses and Coaches division.
Prior to joining Volvo CE, Peter’s most recent roles have been at SSAB, where he has been leading its supply chain and purchasing and sourcing development.
Peter will be based at Volvo CE’s Gothenburg, Sweden, headquarters when he takes up his position later this year.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a delay in enforcing certain requirements of the final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium in general industry. These requirements will not be enforced until Aug. 9.
The requirements include beryllium work areas, regulated work areas, methods of compliance, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene areas and practices, housekeeping, communication of hazards, and recordkeeping.
On June 1, OSHA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to further extend the compliance dates of the remaining requirements until Dec. 12.
On May 11, OSHA began enforcing the permissible exposure limits for the construction and maritime industries, as well as other requirements of the general industry standard. However, the agency will not enforce any other provisions for beryllium exposure in those standards unless it provides notice. Certain compliance dates outlined in the rule remain unchanged. Enforcement of the general industry requirements for change rooms and showers will begin March 11, 2019, and requirements for engineering controls will begin March 10, 2020.
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.
The Cuyahoga County, Ohio, board of control awarded $1.3 million in funding to West Creek Conservancy, Cleveland, to demolish 13 former dormitories in Parma, Ohio, a report by Cleveland.com says. The dorms at Parmdale have been vacant since 2014.
The Parmdale site once housed the Parmdale Orphanage. The report says since its vacancy, the buildings have damaged beyond repair and are a target for vandalism, break-ins and theft.
According to the report, the demolition will clear land for greenspace, public park development and watershed conservation, which was thought of by Derek Shafer, West Creek Conservancy executive director.
In 2016, the conservancy reached out to the previous owners of Parmdale, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland, and negotiated a $1.75 million sale. The Cleveland Metroparks contribute $250,000 toward the purchase, and the city of Parma agreed to take ownership.
The West Creek Conservancy is now responsible for reclaiming the site and leveraging funding to rededicate it as public park land.
Schafer says in the report that, once the project is complete, it will save more than 60 acres of forest, a half-mile of stream and eliminate more than 10 acres of impervious surfaces that added to flooding issues in the area, the report says.
The project will add more than 80 acres to the West Creek Reservation, Schafer says in the report, which will make the reservation more than 500 acres.
The cottages and dormitories will be demolished this year and in 2019. Future funding will be required to tear down the remaining administrative and office buildings.
The Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger GmbH division of Europe-based mobile material handling equipment maker Liebherr is touting its quick coupler system and specialty attachments as optimal tools for different recycling and demolition applications.
The company says its attachments can be used with both hydraulic excavators and material handlers from Liebherr as well as with machines from other manufacturers.
Liebherr says its product portfolio “ranges from quick coupler systems for all applications through digging tools for the earthmoving sector to grabs for diverse applications in material handling technology.”
On the material handing side, the company indicates its attachments “can tackle challenges including hard rock, fine sand or bulky demolition material.” Working with its customers, says the firm, “gives rise to countless variants for the common grabs or buckets, which can be configured to meet customer-specific requirements.”
In applications including timber and port handling, plus waste management and scrap recycling, attachments can be customized to meet the specific requirements of the different applications and “therefore optimize handling capacity,” says the firm.
Liebherr offers different levels of configuration for its quick coupler systems to suit specific applications, the company indicates. “Liebherr’s mechanical quick coupler is the perfect solution when the aim is to increase machine flexibility and productivity while minimizing investment costs,” the firm states.
With its hydraulic quick coupler system, mechanical tool attachments can be switched while the operator stays in the cab, according to Liebherr.