OSHA gets new construction director

Construction Dive

The new head of the Directorate of Construction, Scott Ketcham, will help shape OSHA policy, according to an industry expert

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Court Limits Scope Of OSHA Inspections

FDR Safety

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. OSHA then appealed to the Eleventh Circuit.

Court Limits Scope Of OSHA Inspections

FDR Safety

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. OSHA then appealed to the Eleventh Circuit.

Lawmaker introduces bill to create OSHA heat standard

Construction Dive

OSHA has recommendations for protecting workers from heat-related injuries and illnesses but no formal national standard

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Are You Ready For An OSHA Audit?

FDR Safety

OSHA sees great opportunity because your industry does realize finger injuries and amputations that are not realized in other companies where operators have automation and/or engineered safeguards to protect the point of operation. The post Are You Ready For An OSHA Audit?

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OSHA is asking for input on the Control of Hazardous Energy

FDR Safety

On May 20, 2019, OSHA published an RFI asking for input on the Control of Hazardous Energy (LOTO) as shown below. The control of hazardous energy is regulated under OSHA’s control of hazardous energy (Lockout/Tagout) standard. OSHA Uncategorized

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OSHA Drone Inspections: Part 2

FDR Safety

In our previous blog on drones we addressed whether you should or shouldn’t allow OSHA to operate drones on your worksite. Some complain that OSHA’s interpretation of the Plain View Doctrine contains too many gray areas.

The Problem With OSHA Record Keeping

FDR Safety

OSHA record keeping was introduced in the 1970’s with the goal of creating safer workplaces. While a good and helpful idea, OSHA recordable and lost work-day case rates may be too much of a focus for many companies, while off the job injuries often go unaddressed. OSHA Recordkeeping

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OSHA Now Using Drones For Safety Inspections

FDR Safety

This is largely due to OSHA’s 2018 implementation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems to improve safety inspections. The memorandum essentially states that OSHA has added Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly known as drones, to their toolkit for conducting safety inspections.

OSHA Penalty & Record Keeping Changes

FDR Safety

On January 23rd OSHA released its annual Federal Register report containing the changes within the organization. OSHA Penalties Increased Due To Inflation. For violations of the OSHA posting requirement, penalties are now $13,260.

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OSHA pressuring Cal/OSHA on repeat violations

FDR Safety

Government Accountability Office took OSHA to task for failing to adequately supervise states that have chosen to retain responsibility for their own occupational safety and health regulation. OSHA pledged to do better and has increased its oversight. Enforcement OSHA

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What is OSHA?

Geniebelt

OSHA was formed in 1970 by the United States Congress with the goal of creating safer environments for workers. OSHA stands for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Why Does the Construction Industry Need OSHA?

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OSHA’s Repeat Violation Policy: How To Prepare.

FDR Safety

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. Enforcement OSHA Safety and sustainability

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Top 6 OSHA fines levied since May

Construction Dive

Once again, most of OSHA's biggest citations against contractors center around falls and trench safety, with $304,000 being the largest fine levied

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OSHA Memorandum Takeaways: Incentive Programs & Post Incident Drug-Testing

FDR Safety

On Friday, October 11th, many in the safety world received a memorandum from OSHA regarding Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing. When discussing post-incident drug testing, the memorandum is clear on OSHA’s stance on drug testing.

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OSHA places blame for FIU bridge collapse on engineer, contractors

Construction Dive

A new OSHA report said cracks in the bridge were large enough to warrant the closing of the street below, where five motorists were crushed in the March 2018 accident

The Problem With OSHA Recording Keeping

FDR Safety

OSHA record keeping was introduced in the 1970’s with the goal of creating safer workplaces. While a good and helpful idea, OSHA recordable and lost work-day case rates may be too much of a focus for many companies, while off the job injuries often go unaddressed. The cry for leading indicators has been going on for many years but we still benchmark and worry over the OSHA recordable and lost work-day case rates. OSHA Recordkeeping

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How to Prepare for OSHA’s New Crane Rule

Surveyor

If you work in construction, you’re familiar the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), whose standards regulate safety on the nation’s construction sites. Being compliant with OSHA regulations is imperative to a construction business’s success.

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OSHA places blame for FIU bridge collapse with engineer, contractors

Construction Dive

A new OSHA report said cracks in the bridge were large enough to warrant the closing of the street below, where five motorists were crushed in the March 2018 accident

OSHA Certification

Safety Services Company

OSHA CERTIFICATION 10 VS. 30 HOUR. Welcome to Safe Friday, this week we’re going continue to cover the ins and outs of OSHA certification. This week, we’re going cover the basics of 10- and 30-hour OSHA certification. But don’t forget, OSHA certification is an investment.

OSHA Fines to Rise

Collaborative Construction

The most recent federal budget includes a directive from President Obama to OSHA instructing the agency to revised its fine schedule - not updated since 1990 - and to tie increases in fines to the Consumer Price Index. OSHA to Increase Fines Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance James L.

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OSHA increases excavation and trenching enforcement after wave of fatalities

Construction Dive

But before starting its new enforcement efforts, OSHA will conduct a 30-day educational outreach phase

OSHA Electronic Records Submission Delayed, But Not for Long

FDR Safety

OSHA recently announced another delay in the deadline for employers to electronically submit their 2016 injury and illness data to the agency. As a brief recap, the revised recordkeeping rule requires employers with 250 or more employees to submit their OSHA 300A Annual Summaries for each separate establishment by December 15. OSHA intends to upload all of this data to a publicly searchable website. OSHA Recordkeeping

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OSHA Safety

Safety Services Company

OSHA Safety & Compliance. Welcome to Safe Friday, this week we’re going to cover the ins and outs of OSHA safety and compliance. OSHA Inspections. There are circumstances when OSHA may give less than 24 hours’ notice to the employer. Construction & OSHA Safety .

New OSHA recordkeeping rules creating confusion

FDR Safety

New OSHA recordkeeping rules that went into effect this year are creating confusion among employers about the definition of an amputation and how to quickly determine if an incident that occurred after work hours is actually work-related, according to an article in Business Insurance magazine. 1, require that the hospitalization of a single employee – rather than three employees as previously required — be reported to OSHA within 24 hours of management learning that it occurred.

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Prepare for an OSHA Inspection

Safety Services Company

Planning for an OSHA inspection is good business. When you apply to have OSHA’s safety and health professionals evaluate the worksite, anything they find that needs to be fixed won’t result in a compliance citation as long as it is put right. Who Is Covered (Or Not) By OSHA.

OSHA targeting manufacturers on amputation hazards

FDR Safety

OSHA is launching what it calls a “surge” of planned inspections of manufacturers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas focused on amputation hazards. In a press release, OSHA said that amputations most frequently occur during the operation of machinery without adequate safety guards. OSHA said there were more than 2,600 workplace-related amputations in 2015, with more than half suffered by workers in manufacturing. Enforcement OSHA

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New OSHA weighting system could lead to more inspections

Construction Dive

The process, rolled out this week, could put increased emphasis on the Fatal Four, a former Department of Labor official said

Safety Spotlight: OSHA’s Top 10 Most-Cited Standards

Surveyor

Every year OSHA publishes a list of its 10 most-cited standards , as well as a list of the most-cited standards for the construction industry specifically. In 2017, OSHA most frequently cited companies for violating the following 10 standards: Fall Protection — General Requirements (1926.501).

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OSHA drone inspections come to jobsites, raise legal questions

Construction Dive

The primary concerns around OSHA's nascent use of drones involve privacy and who has the last word on authorizing their use

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

FDR Safety

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. The story OSHA wanted to tell about itself was enforcement, enforcement, enforcement. Eight years ago, the new leaders of OSHA announced there was a “new sheriff in town.” By Jim Stanley.

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OSHA consults industry on silica standard refinements

Construction Dive

Despite detailed control measures, the agency believes some workers can still be exposed to the breathable hazard and wants field experts to weigh in

New OSHA recordkeeping rule: Urgent need for employer review

FDR Safety

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. This new rule is yet another effort by the agency to attempt to publicly shame employers, force them to change drug testing and safety incentive policies, and increase the classifications and penalties associated with OSHA citations. Enforcement OSHA Recordkeeping

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

FDR Safety

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.”. OSHA had argued that the agency was entitled to “deference” in its interpretation of its regulations. OSHA had issued 7 violations against the company and proposed a $490,000 fine. Courts Enforcement OSHA

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OSHA settlement sometimes needs a second opinion

FDR Safety

OSHA continues to cite employers aggressively, and at the same time is suggesting and frequently mandating certain types of abatement. This may overstep their authority, but many employers enter into a formal or informal OSHA settlement trying to avoid expensive litigation and abate alleged violations following agency’s suggestions or mandates. If OSHA’s suggestions are reasonable and feasible, obviously that’s the right way to go. Enforcement OSHA

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OSHA looking to expand powers over recordkeeping

FDR Safety

OSHA is seeking to significantly expand its powers over recordkeeping by effectively adding five years to the time it can issue citations. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed that OSHA has six months under its statute of limitations to issue a citation for alleged recordkeeping violations. But in its Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda, OSHA said it would be offering up a rule that would effectively extend that period to five and a half years.

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OSHA whistleblower pilot program uses shaming penalty

FDR Safety

OSHA is experimenting with adding another weapon to its “shaming penalty” arsenal with a pilot program in its Midwest region called the Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The OSHA whistleblower pilot program is similar to the existing Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which focuses on employers OSHA believes are indifferent to worker safety and health, or who willfully ignore it. Enforcement OSHA

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OSHA stats highlight importance of fall protection

FDR Safety

OSHA’s report on its most frequently issued categories of violations in 2014 is a good reminder that protecting workers against falls is one of the most important safety measures an employer can take.Fall protection topped the list of OSHA violations cited in 2014 – with 7,272 violations across all industries that resulted in more than $20 million in fines against employers. The post OSHA stats highlight importance of fall protection appeared first on FDRsafety.

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4 Strategies to Avoiding Rising OSHA Fines in Construction

Surveyor

As a contractor, the thought of an OSHA inspection and possible violations probably makes you a little nervous. In 2016, OSHA increased its penalties for the first time since 1990. Here are four construction safety strategies to consider: Know the OSHA Regulations.

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OSHA’s Top 10 Violations of 2018

Contractor Magazine

OSHA announced its preliminary Top 10 list of most cited violations for 2018 at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo in late October in Houston. The announcement was made by Patrick Kapust, OSHA's deputy director, directorate of enforc