The quickly approaching holiday season is a time for all kinds of festive preparations from elaborate decorations, social events and gatherings, to travel plans. With all of the items on everyone’s to do lists, there is one item that should be at the top of the list: safety. It is OSHA’s mission to ensure the health and safety of the nation’s workplaces. Amidst this holiday season safety tips, OSHA-Pros reminds us that there are some important health and safety factors to consider.
- Fall prevention for lighting installation and elaborate displays
- Electrical safety for holiday programming and shows
- Office party safety regulations
- Air contamination, travel, and the spread of infectious diseases
Firstly, preparations for the holiday season… Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Midway Tower Service Inc. and Bracken Equipment Holdings LLC for failure to follow proper fall protection and safety measures. Employees at the Utica, Mississippi worksite were exposed to fall hazards and struck-by hazards, including fatality. Workers failed to remove damaged equipment between the crane hook and load. Additionally, the ends of rebar were left uncapped. Consequently, these unfortunate mistakes resulted in fatal injuries. The proposed penalties for both companies could result in $20,990. Accidents resulting from fall hazards are preventable. Therefore, employers must take responsibility for the proper training of employees.
Nobody Wants to Do Training, But Everybody Wants to Feel Safe
Most people do not get excited about training. It is no big surprise that workers fail to get excited about training that is mandatory, takes time, and does not usually qualify as paid time. However, consider the flip side.
- training was deemed unnecessary?
- precautions were not taken seriously?
- work felt unsafe?
The last thing anyone wants is to experience a serious injury or health risk at work. With safety in mind, we can change employee attitudes about training and rest assured that our workers have a united understanding of safety regulations.
How to change employee attitudes about training
Employees certainly don’t have to love… Continue reading
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