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Court Limits Scope Of OSHA Inspections

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Based upon a communication from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently found that OSHA could not expand the scope of an injury-based inspection to a wall-to-wall inspection based on the employer’s OSHA 300 Logs.

Court Limits Scope Of OSHA Inspections

FDR Safety

Based upon a communication from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently found that OSHA could not expand the scope of an injury-based inspection to a wall-to-wall inspection based on the employer’s OSHA 300 Logs.

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The Myths Of Lockout/Tagout – Part 2

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We continue to encounter many mistaken beliefs about OSHA’s regulation CFR,1910.147 , The Control of Hazardous Energy. In this blog, we address the “myths” of Lockout/Tagout using verbatim quotes from OSHA’s Preamble to the regulation ( OSHA text in bold italics ).

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The Myths Of Lockout/Tagout – Part 1

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We continue to encounter many mistaken beliefs about OSHA’s regulation CFR,1910.147 , The Control of Hazardous Energy. In this blog, we address the “myths” of Lockout/Tagout using verbatim quotes from OSHA’s Preamble to the regulation ( OSHA text in bold italics ).

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How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

Safety Around Powerlines – Part II

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Working around energized equipment can be very hazardous, it is good to know these helpful tips to prevent yourself from becoming the path to ground electricity is always searching for.

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Who Is Responsible For Temporary Worker Safety?

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Who Is Responsible For Temporary Worker Safety? Just ask OSHA. OSHA has made it clear that staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for temporary worker safety.

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The Financial Effects Of A Safe Workplace

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In my 35+ years of working in the safety industry, I have had one goal each day: Help individuals safely return home to their families. There is no greater benefit of safety than this. This doesn’t mean that it is the only benefit.

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Using TaBRA For Culture Change

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TaBRA (Task Based Risk Assessments) is a topic about which FDRsafety has written several times. Our previous blogs describe the “what,” “how, ” and “why” of the TaBRA method from a technical perspective.

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Are You Ready For An OSHA Audit?

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This blog is targeting small employers, especially those involved with sheet metal fabrication. Of necessity, your work involves workers being close to the point of operation for many tasks. Spot welders, riveters, manual forming machines, etc.

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Older, Not Wiser? Workplace Fatalities Highest Amongst Older Generation

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AFLCIO : These are challenging times for working people and their unions, and the prospects for worker safety and health protections are uncertain. What is clear, however, is that the toll of workplace injury, illness and death remains too high, and too many workers remain at serious risk.

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Safety Culture Exercise: Improving Attitudes Towards Safety

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Creating an effective Safety Culture is something we at FDRsafety preach daily to our clients, partners, friends, and family.

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Good Safety Signage

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There are good safety signs, bad safety signs and those that don’t tell you anything. An example of a “bad safety sign” is shown to the right. Notice the horrible placement and lack of context on the sign itself.

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5 Safety Tips Before Driving In The Snow

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As we approach the heart of winter, many areas of our country have already caught the wrath of cold temperatures, snow showers, and for some, a bomb cyclone.

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Safety Around Powerlines: Part I

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Working around energized equipment can be very hazardous, it is good to know these helpful tips to prevent yourself from becoming the path to ground electricity is always searching for.

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Two Tips For A Safer Project

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The United States is and has always been one of the fastest growing nations in the world. Not only are we constantly building, we are doing so at a rapid pace and massive scale.

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Building The Foundation For A Great Safety Culture

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The idea of safety is misconstrued on a daily basis as a “Have To”, “How To” or “Learn To” idea. We’re are constantly reminded of the proper procedures to follow in order to do things the safe way whether at home or at work.

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A Wake-up Message for Employers or An Ounce of Prevention…

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I continue to receive many requests for assistance on matters involving the control of hazardous energy. In too many situations, an employee was injured and OSHA stepped in with significant fines for violations of 29 CFR 1910.147.

OSHA’s Repeat Violation Policy: How To Prepare.

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EHS Today : “A recent court decision extending the time limitation for OSHA to assess repeat violations has upped the ante for employers who until now chose not to contest more routine violations because of the cost of defending them.

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Integrating Temporary Safety Staff With Full Time Employees

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Worksites are a melting pot of tradesmen who bring a range of skills and experience of how to do the job “the right way”. While logistics and coordination are critical to the success of a project, the most important piece could be the relationship between workers.

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Las Vegas Raiders Not Gambling On Workplace Safety

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Las Vegas Sun : It’s 6 o’clock in the morning at the future home of the Raiders in Las Vegas and workers are about to begin their shift on the $1.8 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium. But before the group of about 300 workers embark on a day’s work, they gather for a message: safety first.

4th Of July Safety Tips

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The 4th of July is a celebration to be shared with family and friends. Throughout our country families are flocking to their favorite beach, backyard, or lake to celebrate in their own special way. Most of these celebrations include two things: grilling & fireworks.

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5 Tips For Hiring Great Temporary Safety Professionals

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In the world of Safety there are differing views on utilizing staffing agencies to fill temporary positions. Many feel that they are quite helpful thanks to their vast network of professionals while others have been disappointed in the quality of the employee they receive.

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How To Keep Our Kids Safe On The Road

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WTRF : The 100 deadliest days: one of the most dangerous times of the year for teenage drivers. Memorial Day to Labor Day marks the 100 deadliest days, a time where there are more traffic fatalities involving teenage drivers.

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Hiring Strategies During Labor Shortages

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USNEWS – The United States has a building problem.

Developing A Safety Culture In Multi-Employer Worksites

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March 2018 – Foxconn Technology Group confirmed Tuesday that is has selected Rhode Island-based Gilbane Building Co.

Priority vs. Value: What Is Safety To You?

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There are plenty of cliché sayings in the world of safety. Few are as popular as the phrase “Your Safety is Our Top Priority”.

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10 Benefits Of Including Mock OSHA Audits In Your Safety Program

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OSHA Audits can be nerve wracking, tedious, and costly for any business. Rather than being caught off guard by the findings of OSHA during one of their audits, we highly recommend that you implement Mock OSHA Audits into your regular safety program.

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Shortcuts On The Job: Are They Worth It?

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Over 5,190 fatal accidents occurred in the United States as recently as 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some accidents are simply that, accidents, while others are avoidable.

How College Basketball Can Change Your Workplace Safety Culture

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Picture via 247sports. As Safety Professionals we are constantly asked, “how can we improve our safety performance?” Our response is typically a variation of the same answer: You have to develop and practice a workplace culture that values safety and rewards your employees for being safe.

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Fall Protection: Opinions, Obstacles, And A Fix

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Creating an effective Safety Culture is something we at FDRsafety preach daily to our clients, partners, friends, and family.

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3 Ways Investing In Safety Staff Leads To Successful Projects

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When developing a project of any scale, the distribution of funds is critical to the project’s success. Deciding how much to invest in each project area and phase can directly affect the project’s schedule and bottom line.

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What to Do When LOTO is Not Feasible

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I’m finding clients who have excellent lockout/tagout programs but who have not taken the necessary step of identifying tasks where LOTO is not feasible. When you ask the right questions, you will typically find some number of service and maintenance tasks where the task must be done with power. These are tasks that call for further analysis and action.

OSHA Electronic Records Submission Delayed, But Not for Long

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OSHA recently announced another delay in the deadline for employers to electronically submit their 2016 injury and illness data to the agency. While there are plenty of indications that the new agency leadership will seek to reconsider, revise, or even rescind the amended recordkeeping rules, it appears that the most recent deadline, December 15, 2017, will stand.

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An Economical Way to Do Arc Flash Assessments

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Much is being written about arc flash assessments using NFPA 70E. FDRsafety is being contacted by small and medium size enterprises bemoaning quotes of $75,000 to $150,000 just to do the calculations. We’re often asked, “Do we have to do this?” The answer is “no,” but you need to do something to establish due diligence and compliance with OSHA. FDRsafety has an approach to arc flash assessments designed to help you achieve those objectives.

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Important LOTO Ruling for Die Changes

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A decision by the Occupational Safety Health and Review Commission offers importance guidance to all industries, particularly stamping, about when OSHA’s lockout/tagout regulations should be applied and when not. The 2016 ruling involved an automotive supplier, Matsu Ohio, that did not deploy lockout/tagout around its 10 partial revolution mechanical power presses.

Pausing to remember the bad old days before OSHA’s creation

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Much of the discussion about OSHA these days is about whether the agency has gone too far with some of its regulations and programs. No matter where you stand, though, it is good every once in a while to remember the reasons for OSHA’s creation.

April 2017 Newsletter – A “New, New OSHA” Emerges

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By Jim Stanley. President, FDRsafety. What a difference a few months can make, as can be seen with changes at OSHA. A review of recent issues of OSHA’s “Quick Takes” newsletter highlighting important agency news paints a different picture of OSHA than newsletters from last fall. Then, the publication was full of news about companies being cited and fined. The new penalties had kicked in and the fines were reaching record levels.

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New OSHA recordkeeping rule: Urgent need for employer review

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Thanks to a new OSHA recordkeeping rule, employers urgently need to take a close look at their employee handbooks, safety policies and procedures, safety incentive programs, and drug testing policies. The rule , which was issued late last week and goes into effect within 90 days, provides new means for employees to pursue claims that they have suffered retaliation for reporting safety concerns.

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U.S. appeals court rules against OSHA on machine guards

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A federal appeals court has ruled against OSHA in a case stemming from a fatal accident involving a lathe at a manufacturing plant, saying that the agency’s interpretation of its regulations on machine guards “strains a common sense reading.”. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that regulations were designed to protect workers from “point of contact risks and risks associated with the routine operation of lathes, such as flakes and sparks.” The accident at a Loren Cook Co.

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