October, 2014

New members

We are especially pleased that these companies recognize the value of belonging to TRMA, especially in tough economic times:

American Combustion Service
Hanson Material Service
M & C Tech Group
MK Orthopedics, Surgery & Rehabilitation

Meeting Calendar
Environmental Division
To be announced
Government Affairs Division
To be announced
Maintenance Division
To be announced
Safety Division
Nov 19 or Dec 10 First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99
Oct 20, 22, 27 & 29
OSHA 30 for General Industry; 7:15 am to 4:00 pm; $700
Human Resources Division
To be announced
Prices shown apply to TRMA members. For members and non-member details and registration
click here.
Fire Watch with Hands-on Fire Extinguisher Training and Confined Space Entry Watch Training

(see announcement for details)
November 5, 2014

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Hundreds Descend Upon Joliet for Manufacturing Day Event Industry and Educators Team Up to Reach Potential Workforce

The Three Rivers Manufacturers’ Association (TRMA) and Joliet Junior College partnered to host more than 500 local high school students, educators and guests as part of their Manufacturing Day event. Students from 14 schools across Will and Grundy counties met with 29 different organizations to learn more about careers in the manufacturing industry.

"This event is about businesses and schools working together to focus on today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce," said Jeff White, TRMA board chairman and Chief Operating Officer for Aux Sable Liquid Products. "We want these students to see manufacturing as a viable career option."

Students participating in the event attended a career fair with local companies, got an up close look at technology that drives today’s manufacturing industry and also attended a seminar highlighted by keynote speaker and former Chicago Bear Ray McElroy.

“Manufacturing Day fits in so well with Joliet Township High School and our Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics," said Dr. Cheryl McCarthy, Joliet Township High School District 204 superintendent. "This event provides students with an opportunity to experience the types of jobs that are available for them in the future and it gives them an opportunity to network with individuals that are experts in the field that they have expressed interest in pursuing.”

According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), eighty percent of manufacturers cannot find the skilled workers they need and this gap continues to widen. The Manufacturing Day event is part of a nationwide grassroots movement by NAM to raise awareness about careers in the manufacturing industry to local students. In 2014, local Manufacturing Day events will be held at more than 800 sites in 48 states and attended by more than 35,000 people.

“This event benefits students by providing them with the opportunity to learn about the high-skill, high-demand and high-paying career paths in the Advanced Manufacturing sector," said Dr. Peter Linden, Joliet Junior College dean of career and technical education. "It also introduces them to the training and educational programs which are readily available to them after high school.”


Fall Protection Training

Annually, falls represent about 35% of work related accidents. And falls from high elevations cause more serious injuries than any other type of industrial accident—multiple broken bones, spinal injuries, paralysis and death. Falls at construction sites and in large industrial facilities result in more fatalities than any other type of workplace accident. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2013, falls were the leading cause of workplace fatalities. Of the 796 construction industry deaths, 294 were fall related—that’s a whopping 37%.

Recently, OSHA announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. Citations for violations of the Fall Protection standard (1926.501) was the number one safety violation with 6,143 citations. Violations of the Scaffold standard (1926.451) came in at number three (3) with 4,029 citations.

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OSHA to Publish Company Safety Data

Starting in January, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will require employers to notify the government within 24 hours every time someone loses an eye, suffers an amputation, or gets admitted to the hospital with an injury sustained at work. The agency estimates that tens of thousands of injuries go unreported. “Workplace injuries and fatalities are absolutely preventable,” Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in early September. “These new requirements will help OSHA focus its resources and hold employers accountable for preventing them.”

The rule replaces regulations that require companies to report only incidents that result in three or more hospitalizations—“catastrophes,” in agency parlance. (Workplace deaths will still have to be reported within 8 hours.) OSHA head David Michaels, an assistant secretary in the Department of Labor, announced on Sept. 11 that the injury data will be made public on OSHA’s website.

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