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During this class, participants will learn the proper procedures for making entry into “Permit Required” confined spaces.Confined Space

“A week after a routine check of a sanitary sewer line turned deadly, city officials confirmed Friday, May 14, that high levels of nitrogen led to a city worker’s death and hospitalized three firefighters.”  This excerpt is taken from the Oxford Press, which recently reported on a deadly accident that took place in a confined space – in this case, a city sewer line.  Read article.

This tragic event exemplifies the critical need to properly train employees who work in confined spaces. During this 8-hour class, instructors identify safety and health principles that help you meet OSHA requirements for confined space programs. Emphasis is placed on confined space entry topics that most commonly result in worker injury or death.

In addition, all training is documented and certified per OSHA regulations, and each trainee receives a comprehensive certificate of completion.

Class is designed to:

  • Increase the knowledge of Confined Space Entry related issues
  • Enlighten workers on OSHA’s requirements for confined space work
  • Identify hazards that may exist and how to control them
  • Determine what Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is needed in confined space environment
  • Evaluate rescue needs and requirements.

Seminar topics include:

  • Identifying permit-required confined spaces and hazards
  • Proper utilization of gas monitoring equipment
  • Methods to safely ventilate your confined space
  • Duties of supervisors, entrants, and attendants
  • Requirements for rescue services & personnel
  • Steps necessary to temporarily reclassify a permit-required confined space to a non-permit space
  • How to take advantage of OSHA’s alternate entry procedures
  • Ensuring your written Confined Space Entry program and procedures meet OSHA regulations.

Date: July 23 or October 22
Time: 7:30am – 4:00pm
Location: AGC San Diego Chapter Office*

*You do not need to be an AGC member to attend class, although different fees apply.

Register for class.

Contact JB Safety & Rescue Services for questions or more information.


We now offer CPR/AED and First Aid training for construction and general industry businesses and professional responder.

JB Safety & Rescue Services is now an official training center for what we believe is the best organization for CPR/AED and First Aid training in the industry!

MEDIC First Aid is a leader in emergency care training programs.  Its curriculum is well suited for students in  construction and general industry settings and is designed to help businesses meet regulatory workplace requirements.

JB Safety & Rescue Services combines MEDIC First Aid video segments and training materials with instructor-facilitated input and skills practice. This approach allows us to customize training for your company’s specific workplace/jobsite needs, while using proven learning strategies for enhanced student retention.

Another MEDIC First Aid benefit is that students receive course completion cards immediately after the class.

On-site classes can be scheduled by calling 619-206-6414 or e-mail Jeff Beeler.

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about MEDIC First Aid.

coil nailer recall

Nailers may cause serious injury hazard from faulty feeder.

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Coil Nailers

Units: About 50,000 in the United States and about 15,000 in Canada

Importer: Hitachi Koki U.S.A., Ltd., of Norcross, Ga.

Manufacturer: Hitachi Koki Co. Ltd., of Japan

Hazard: The nailers could have a faulty feeder that can allow nails to be ejected sideways, posing a serious injury hazard to the user or bystanders.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 37 reports of nails being ejected sideways, including 15 reports of injuries. The injuries were primarily in the eye region, including five reports of partial blindness.

Description: The coil nailers are used to project nails into drywall, wood or other materials. The model number is NV83A2 and can be found on the body of the product. Only those units manufactured between October 2002 and September 2005 are included in this recall. The manufacturing date can be identified by the serial number engraved at the end of the handle, the first digit representing the month (1 for January, 2 for February, 3 for March, 4 for April, 5 for May, 6 for June, 7 for July, 8 for August, 9 for September, O for October, N for November and D for December) and the second digit representing the year (2 for 2002, 3 for 2003, 4 for 2004 and 5 for 2005).

Sold at: Lowe’s, Home Depot, other home improvement and building supply stores and online at nationwide from November 2002 through March 2006 for between $350 and $400.

Manufactured in: Japan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled coil nailer and contact Hitachi Koki U.S.A., Ltd. for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Hitachi Koki U.S.A., Ltd. at (800) 706-7337 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or visit Hitatchi Power Tools.

Also see recall at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Contact JB Safety & Rescue if you have any questions.

The newest instructor to join the ranks of safety specialists at JB Safety & Rescue will apply her extensive safety knowledge to helping businesses train workers and meet regulatory compliance standards.

Kimlee Lindgren, who holds a B.S. in Health, Physical Education and Athletic Training, brings more than 25 years of hands-on construction industry experience in employee health and safety.  A dynamic communicator who possesses a high degree of technical expertise, Ms. Lindgren’s background includes key safety management and safety education positions with major construction companies, trade associations and UCSD’s OSHA Training Institute.  In addition, Ms. Lindgren was a Compliance Officer for Cal/OSHA and served on the Emergency Response Team for the State of California, performing consultative assistance to the recovery workers of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

During her career, Ms. Lindgren has developed safety education curriculum and site specific safety and health programs, managed project and employee specific regulatory compliance issues, performed workplace inspections, conducted accident investigations, developed job safety analyses, and acted in the capacity of expert witness.

Her vast practical experience includes health and safety inspections in manufacturing, construction, and research and development.  She has developed health and safety programs for emergency response, confined space entry, contractor safety, hazard communication, heavy equipment safety, lock-out/tag-out, medical surveillance, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, fall protection, health hazards in construction, electrical safety, fire prevention, respiratory protection and supervisor safety.

She has served as a guest lecturer for the American Society of Safety Engineers, National Association of Women in Construction, National Safety Council, American Society of Professional estimators, American Subcontractors Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors, numerous public works associations, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, San Diego State University, University of California San Diego and San Diego Community College.

As a safety specialist and instructor for JB Safety & Rescue, Ms. Lindgren will apply her extensive and highly specialized safety knowledge to training today’s industry workers and helping businesses maintain a safety culture within their workforce.

Please join us in welcoming Kimlee Lindgren to the staff of safety professionals at JB Safety & Rescue.

earthquake damage smallJB Safety & Rescue offers a 16 hour Disaster Site Worker class through the OSHA Training Institute outreach program.

JB Safety & Rescue offers a 16 hour Disaster Site Worker class through the OSHA Training Institute outreach program.  Contractors who have authorized Disaster Site Workers on their workforce are able to demonstrate a higher level of preparedness for contract work at a disaster site, providing skilled support services, (e.g. utility, demolition, debris removal, or heavy equipment operation) or site clean-up services in response to natural and man-made disasters.

Our Disaster Site Worker instructors are qualified emergency response personnel and have been involved in facilitating disaster response efforts after a number of major catastrophic events in recent years. They apply their knowledge and specialized training to educate contractor employees in the differences between disaster sites and regular construction or demolition work sites.  Students will learn about the dangers of various disaster sites, and be able to inspect, don, and doff air-purifying respirators.  They will also learn how to work with emergency personnel under the incident command system, understand critical incident stress recognition, become proficient in respirator use and more.  The program will also make management and labor aware that pre-incident training is essential for ensuring disaster site worker safety and health.

Students will receive an identification card recognizing them as a Disaster Site Worker upon successful completion of the program.

Most people want to be able to help when disaster strikes, but without specialized training, the help they can provide is greatly limited.  Let JB Safety & Rescue train your designated employees to become Disaster Site Workers.  It will help you to contract work during a disaster, give you the satisfaction of knowing  your company is making a significant contribution, and allow your employees to help during a critical time of need.

Contact us today for more information and be on your way to helping make a difference!  Call 619.206.6414, or email

hazwoper_trainingSeating is limited, so register now for course which provides awareness training necessary for OSHA’s HazWOPER program

Date: March 22, 2010

Time: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: AGC 6212 Ferris Sq., San Diego, CA 92121

Cost: AGC Members – $250.00 / Non-Members – $395.00

This full day, interactive class – taught by Jeff Beeler, JB Safety & Rescue – will help students:

  • Understand the purpose of OSHA and its role in regulating occupational safety
  • Use Site Characterization to establish problems that may exist in your workplace and measures that can be implemented to eliminate hazards
  • Identify hazardous materials existent in the workplace and the possible methods, symptoms and preventative measures of exposure
  • Encourage the use of Material Safety Data sheets (MSDS) to identify and properly handle hazardous materials
  • Familiarize yourself with materials, compounds and mixtures that may present flammable, explosive, chemical or radiological hazards.
  • Emphasize the importance of personal protective equipment in limiting hazardous exposure

HazWOPER refers to five types of hazardous waste operations conducted in the United States under OSHA Standard 1910.120 “Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.” The standard contains the safety requirements employers must meet in order to conduct these operations.

The training covers basic understanding of hazardous materials and how to appropriately provide initial response to emergencies resulting from these materials.  The HazWOPER standard covers 5 specific areas of operations, including:

  1. Clean-up operations required by a governmental body, whether Federal, state local or other involving hazardous substances that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites (including, but not limited to, the EPA’s National Priority Site List (NPL), state priority site lists, sites recommended for the EPA NPL, and initial investigations of government identified sites which are conducted before the presence or absence of hazardous substances has been ascertained).
  2. Corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq).
  3. Voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by Federal, state, local or other governmental bodies as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
  4. Operations involving hazardous waste that are conducted at treatment, storage, disposal (TSD) facilities regulated by 40 CFR Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA; or by agencies under agreement with U.S.E.P.A. to implement RCRA regulations.
  5. Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard.

Download class flyer or contact JB Safety & Rescue to register.

The contractor in this video was heavily fined by OSHA for creating a potential catastrophic situation. Trench Violation copy

Here’s a brief video that will quickly drive home the point of why it’s important to know how to manage a trench excavation project – keeping your employees safe and eliminating hefty OSHA fines.

Watch video.

Don’t let this happen on your next trench excavation job!  Be prepared to do the job properly, without danger to your employees or others working on or near the site.  Contact JB Safety & Rescue for a customized Trench and Shore Competent Person training program for your employees – at your jobsite.

Confined SpaceWe often hear workers following the OSHA “permit-required” confined space standard (1910.146) when working in a trench. Does that apply to all situations, and if not, when is it applicable?  Check out this letter of interpretation from OSHA.

Permit-Required Confined Space Decision Flow Chart

Here is a non-mandatory guideline to assist employers and employees in complying with the appropriate requirements of “permit required confined space.”

Contact the experts at JB Safety & Rescue Services for your personal, on-site evaluation and to help you decide which OSHA confined space standard applies to your project.

Here’s a handy reference guide published by Cal-OSHA to help you keep your employees safe when they work in trenching and excavation situations.  It is recommended for weekly tailgate or safety meetings.

The major cause of injury and death in trench cave-ins is almost always failure to properly shore or slope the trench.

Trench Excavation

The information covers what to do before excavating – including locating hidden obstructions and being aware of disturbed ground – as what to cover in a daily inspection and how to determine the kind and amount of shoring needed.

Important Note: The information provided is not meant to be either a substitute for or legal interpretation of the occupational safety and health regulations. Readers are cautioned to refer directly to Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations for detailed information regarding the regulation’s scope, specifications, and exceptions and for other requirements that may be applicable to your operations.


Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Sections 1539-1543.

These and other Construction Safety Orders can be reviewed at:

Cal/OSHA Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry and other educational materials can be ordered from the Cal/OSHA publications website:, or obtained from a Cal/OSHA District Office.

A great addition to your safety training library, our safety videos are valuable refreshers for weekly toolbox or tailgate safety meetings.

The key to a safe and efficient job – and the safety of your employees and customers – starts with training.


Even a short fall can cause serious injury or even death. This great training tool covers body harnesses, shock absorbing lanyards, swing effect, rope grabs, retractable lanyards, and more.

Run Time: 20 minutes

Cost:  $99.95 for VHS  – $135 for DVD

Purchase video from JB Safety & Rescue Services.