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A near miss is any unplanned event that did not cause injury, but could if conditions were to change. Experts estimate that there are at least 300 near miss accidents for every major injury. If near misses are reported, they can be used to identify exposure in the work environment, increase safety awareness, and prevent future incidents. Consider the following when implementing a near miss reporting program. • Create a system that allows employees to report near misses. Make near miss forms available in a common area or online. • When communicating near miss incidents,...

By Randy Gordon, President and CEO, NGFA A proposed rule designed to update hours-of-service (HOS) guidance for commercial truck drivers is “in the final stages of review,” the U.S. Department of Transportation told Congress on June 19. In testimony before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Raymond Martinez said the proposed guidance is under interagency review within the White House Office of Management and Budget. He made the statement during the committee’s hearing preparing for the reauthorization of the so-called Fixing America’s Surface...

United States Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Kansas Grain and Feed Association’s (KGFA) CEO Emeritus, Tom Tunnell, as an appointee to serve on the Federal Grain Inspection Service’s (FGIS) Grain Inspection Advisory Committee beginning July 1, 2019. “I am gratified to have been appointed to the Federal Grain Inspection Advisory Committee by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue,” Tunnell said. “I look forward to this new opportunity to continue to serve the grain industry after my over thirty year career as a country elevator manager and as CEO of the Kansas Grain and...

Join NGFA for CONVEY19 - A Summer of Safety Streaming. All the great content of the CONVEY program, conveniently offered online in a mix of live webinars and downloadable original content. This Summer of Safety season will address key safety, regulatory and operations issues for the grain handling, feed, processing and milling industry with a special focus on preventive maintenance. A fully developed and well-implemented preventive maintenance program helps mitigate the hazards associated with combustible dust and dust explosions. Overall, it increases efficiency and life of equipment and reduces the risk of an expensive incident or injury. How...

Hearing Conservation 101 was designed to inform employers of the basic requirements of the regulations, focusing on insights to avoiding an OSHA citation and employ some “Best Practices” to support a safe workplace where industrial noise may be a concern. During this presentation we will discuss: Safety vs Compliance Hazard Assessments “Periodic” inspection requirements 29 CFR 1910.95 [T8CCR §5097] Multi-employer work sites Hearing Conservation “Best Practices” Who Should Attend? Facility Production Managers & Supervisors, Construction Superintendents/Foremen, Safety Managers/Staff Register for this free webinar below DATE: June 19, 2019 TIME: 2:00PM ET - 1:00PM CT - 11:00AM PT Speaker: Paul...

Effective July 1, 2019, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have up to $5,000,000 available through the State Rail Service Improvement Fund (SRSIF) for railroad rehabilitation, capacity improvement and construction projects. Qualified entities that can make an application include:  any Class II or III (short line) railroad, as defined in 49 C.F.R., part 1201 holding a certificate of public convenience from the Surface Transportation Board; local unit of government (city or county) in coordination with the serving railroad; and shippers in coordination with the serving railroad.  The SRISF program...

Dwaine E. Liby, 85, Topeka, passed away Monday, May 6, 2019 at Midland Hospice House. Dwaine was born October 6, 1933 in Morganville, the son of Willie and Iretta (Holstead) Liby. He graduated from Clay Center Community High School. He served in the Kansas Army National Guard in Clay Center. Dwaine started working in the Clay Center Farmers Union Coop as a bookkeeper, later becoming an Assistant Manager at the Gambles store in both Clay Center and McPherson. He returned to the Farmers Union Coop in Clifton for a short period of time...

Kansas Statehouse Insider, Veto Session Review Presented by: KFSA Last week was the “Veto Session” of the 2019 legislative session. From Wednesday through early Sunday morning, the legislature tackled some important issues, including the annual budget, a large tax bill and some smaller items concerning scrap metal theft and CBD oils. Over the last few weeks, while the legislature was not in session, Governor Laura Kelly signed various bills or allowed the bills to become law without her signature. The legislature is now adjourned until Sine Die (the final adjournment) on Wednesday, May...

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