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Chapter Meetings News

Posted: Feb 18, 2020

The February 14, 2020 meeting was hosted at Clark Insurance and made available live on ZOOM.  Thanks to Janice Arsenault, CEES and ACE Fitness Instructor, Director of Health & Wellness for the Maine DOT.  Her presentation “Ergonomics from Behind the Wheel” touched on the science, practical tips, and health benefits from addressing driver ergonomic issues.

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Hands Free Cell Phone Use While Driving – Maine’s New Law In Effect In September

Posted: Aug 15, 2019

https://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280070901

Bangor Daily News Article:  https://bangordailynews.com/2019/07/10/news/state/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-maines-new-law-banning-handheld-phones-while-driving/

Governor Janet Mills signed the bill into law June 27th and it will go into effect 90-days after signing (end of September).  The law complements other distracted driving rules already in place:

https://www.maine.gov/dps/bhs/programs/distracted_driving.html

Are your company policies and driver practices consistent with what is on the books?

#safedriving #textanddrive #handsfreecellphone

Maine Roofer Hit with $1.8 Million OSHA Penalty

Posted: Jul 16, 2019

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/06/12/saco-roofer-whose-worker-died-in-fall-faces-nearly-1-8-million-in-fines/

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/05/28/roofer-charged-in-fatal-fall-faces-2-5m-wrongful-death-lawsuit/

https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region1/06122019

From the Portland Press Herald (see the link above)

By Guy Burdick – Portland Press Herald – Jun 21, 2019

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking nearly $1.8 million in penalties from a Maine roofing contractor following a worker’s fatal fall. The agency cited Shawn D. Purvis, owner of Purvis Home Improvement Co., Inc., for 17 egregious willful, repeat, and serious workplace safety violations.

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