The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a proposal for a new rule which would increase safety in construction sites. The proposal regards the duty of employers to ensure that crane operators are qualified to operate the machinery. The proposal also provides clarity for certification requirements of crane operators.
What changes under the proposed rule?
The categories of certification would change to allow more operators to meet requirements. The kinds of certification programs for crane operators would be expanded. In 2010 a requirement was made, but never put into effect, that certification for crane operation include the lifting capacity certification of the operator. This requirement would be removed based upon OSHA’s proposal.
Falls are a leading cause of death in the construction business. In fact, this week May 7-9 is known for safety awareness, especially for fall safety and prevention. A Safety Stand-Down is raising fall safety awareness across the United States. Construction companies take some time out this week to focus their attention on this serious issue of safety. As part of OSHA’s regional emphasis program for falls in construction and roof activities, inspectors observed the safety practices of companies regarding this dangerous issue.
The timing of this is critical for a Florida Framing Contractor, Desouza Framing Inc., who was just cited by the U.S. Department of Labor for exposing employees to dangerous falls. Proposed penalties for the Jacksonville residential… Continue reading
Let’s face it. We have all been on the receiving end of a boring training that we were required to attend at one point or another for professional development. Safety training is a nonnegotiable requirement for employees who work in any environment with potential hazards and safety concerns. So, why not make safety training interesting and provide opportunities for workers to become engaged with the required safety material?
Here are 7 ways to get employees excited about safety training that can be used in conjunction with our online courses.
1. Create a positive and fun atmosphere
As a safety leader, you have the power to influence workers attitudes toward safety training. If you are upbeat and positive, there is… Continue reading
On June 28th, 2017, OSHA recently published a proposed rule to delay the electronic submission deadline for worker injury-illness logs submissions, extending it from an previous deadline, to December 1st, 2017. One stipulation of the proposal is that OSHA will launch a website for employers, where they will submit their logs and related data, by August 1st, 2017. This proposed launch date for the website allows for employers to have a four-month run off period, where they can compile and submit their respective Form 300A information.
OSHA issued a previous ruling in May 2016 with anti-retaliation and electronic reporting provisions taking effect on December 1, 2016. This rule experienced several delays. The topic of electronic… Continue reading
Massachusetts-based Wayne J. Griffin Electric Inc. recently appealed multiple citations issued by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The citation appeal violations were reviewed and presided over by an administrative law judge of the OSHA Review Commission. The judge found that neither of the two violations which were appealed were able to be reasonably overturned.
The incident which yielded the violations occurred in October of 2014, when a then-employee of Wayne J. Griffin Electric came into contact with energized equipment and was seriously injured, during installation of an electric substation at a New Hampshire work site. An investigation followed the incident and OSHA issued a serious citation in April of 2015, attaching a $14K… Continue reading
On December, 2016, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued fall-protection procedures citations to Illinois-based roofing company, Redhawk Roofing Inc., for multiple safety hazards, including four repeated violations, at a Winnetka facility. For those violations, OSHA proposed a penalty of $63,494.
The OSHA investigation was prompted after Redhawk employees were observed working at heights up to 23 feet without adequate fall-protection, while roofing a residential home in Winnetka. Such practices violate OSHA guidelines for safe fall-protection procedures.
OSHA found that the following violations existed:
- Failure to implement proper fall-protection
- Improper rigging of established fall-protection systems
- Failure to implement restrictions for workers, carrying loads up ladders.
- Failure to implement adequate eye-protection for employees operating pneumatic nail… Continue reading
On January 9th, 2017, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to South Dakota-based construction company, Kempf Construction Inc., for multiple violations involving trench safety. Following an October 26th, 2016 inspection, stemming from a trench-box collapse which resulted in the severe injury of a 40-year old equipment operator, OSHA found five (5) serious violations. For those violations, OSHA issued a proposed penalty of $40,538.
The violations occurred at a Brandon, South Dakota excavation site, where a Sioux Falls contractor was working in a 16-foot trench. During his work, a large amount of dirt fell into the trench box in which the man was positioned, and the trench collapsed upon him.… Continue reading
Following a June 22, 2016 inspection, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to New York-based general contractor, The Landtek Group Inc., a company that specializes in sports facility design and construction. OSHA determined that nine violations existed at the New Jersey work site, one willful and eight serious. Most revolved around excavation safety. For these violations, OSHA has proposed a penalty of $197,752.
The investigation took place, following a complaint, and found employees of The Landtek Group working in an unprotected 10-foot deep excavation at a suburban New Jersey high school. OSHA determined that no protective systems were in place to support excavation safety. As a result of the lack of proper protection… Continue reading
On Jan 4th, 2017, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to New Jersey-based concrete company, County Concrete Corporation, for multiple violations involving a silica hazard. These citations, including, one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations, come as the result of a July 19th, 2017 follow-up inspection. The follow-up pertains to a prior 2013 inspection, where the agency issued citations for 18 safety and health violations to County Concrete, totaling $153,900 in penalties. For those citations issued for the recent 2017 investigation, the proposed penalties are, $88,544.
Repeat OSHA Violator Hackensack Roofing, Co has been issued multiple citations by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for one serious and three repeat safety violations. These violations were processed, following October 18th inspections of both the company’s East Rutherford and Wellington facilities, in compliance with the agency’s Local Emphasis Program, which focuses on reducing the number of fall-related injuries. For the violations observed and, in light of the company’s previous history with safety violations, (Hackensack Roofing was previously cited for similar violations in 2014) OSHA proposed a penalty of $112,487.
The agency was prompted to investigate the aforementioned facilities by an anonymous complaint, alleging fall-hazards, at the Wellington site, and after having… Continue reading