OSHA Alert: How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection

FDR Safety

The most important step to take before an OSHA inspection even takes place is selecting a company representative. The company representative is the individual charged with representing the company’s interests during an OSHA inspection. News and Announcements OSHA

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Biggest OSHA fines of Q2 2020

Construction Dive

Despite the pandemic, OSHA is still focusing on other jobsite dangers, including fall issues at a Florida roofing company that's been cited 12 times in the last few years

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OSHA's new COVID-19 investigations, silica guidance

Construction Dive

Here's what contractors need to know about OSHA practices and enforcement as well as new rules on the horizon, according to an attorney during a recent Associated General Contractors webinar

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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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Is Gravity Part of OSHA’s LOTO Regulation?

FDR Safety

Where do gravity related accidents fall in the eyes of OSHA? In some cases OSHA is involved and in others, there is a civil suit alleging tort liability. In the OSHA cases, the Agency might suggest that gravity is a hazardous energy to be controlled.

OSHA Issues Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19/Coronavirus

FDR Safety

On March 9, 2020 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance for workplaces preparing for the coronavirus. The post OSHA Issues Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19/Coronavirus appeared first on FDRsafety

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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.

What is OSHA?

Lets Build

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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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 issues new COVID-19 guidance

Construction Dive

The agency's latest workplace enforcement guidance for contractors details how to determine if a coronavirus case is work related

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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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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 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.

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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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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How to Prepare for OSHA’s New Crane Rule

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OSHA’s Crane Operator Proposal

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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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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 Creates Covid-19 Webpage

Construction Equipment

Aimed at reducing Covid-19 exposure among construction workers, OSHA has created a new webpage with guidance for employers.

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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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Amputations in Manufacturing – A New OSHA National Emphasis Program

FDR Safety

On December 10, 2019 OSHA published CPL 03-00-022 , National Emphasis Program on Amputations in Manufacturing Industries. This Instruction supersedes OSHA Instruction CPL 03-00-019, National Emphasis Program on Amputations that was published in August of 2015. OSHA maintains that machine setup is not normal production; hence LOTO is required. The OSHRC has ruled in OSHA’s favor that setup does not qualify for the Minor Servicing Exemption to 29 CFR 1910.147.

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OSHA Lists Mask FAQs

Construction Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a series of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the use of face coverings in the workplace. “As

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OSHA New Enforcement Action For The Metals Industry

FDR Safety

OSHA National Emphasis Program Amputations Prevention Effective 12/10/2019. OSHA Intent: . OSHA Focus: OSHA believes the failure to apply machine guarding techniques and control energy hazards during service and maintenance activities are primary causes of amputations.

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OSHA’s 2020 Agenda

Construction Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released its regulatory agenda for 2020.

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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 Cites Contractor After Trench Collapse

Construction Equipment

Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Unnerstall Contracting Co. for violations of OSHA’s trenching and excavation standards after an employee suffered severe injuries when a 20-foot trench collapsed during excavation of Creve Coeur Sanitary

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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The Complexity Of OSHA’s PSM Standard

FDR Safety

The Summit brought together safety and legal professionals from chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining, paper and other industries covered by OSHA’s PSM Standard and EPA’s RMP Rule, with officials from the relevant regulatory agencies. I have done hundreds of Task Based Risk Assessments and handled expert cases for OSHA or personal injury where there is no foundation for the worker “training.” The post The Complexity Of OSHA’s PSM Standard appeared first on FDRsafety

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Facing OSHA’s Focus Four

Construction Business Owner

OSHA's “Focus Four,” also called the “Fatal Four," categories follow the leading causes of death in the workplace: opioid abuse, suicide, homicide and transportation fatalities.

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OSHA Issues Pandemic Wallet Card for Workers

Construction Equipment

OSHA has issued a Covid-19-themed wallet card for agricultural workers to provide information at-a-glance on staying safe and reporting workplace hazards. The card reminds workers of their rights and features contact information for OSHA.

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OSHA cites engineer, 10 contractors in deadly Hard Rock New Orleans collapse

Construction Dive

OSHA imposed a total of more than $315,000 in fines for project safety violations, including a willful citation of $154,000 to Heaslip Engineering

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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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OSHA to Enforce Covid-19 Protections

Construction Equipment

Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic. The response plan provides instructions and guidance to OSHA Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for

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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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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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Biggest OSHA fines of Q1 2020

Construction Dive

Falls took center stage again this quarter, but some high-profile projects like the Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans also made the list

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OSHA construction safety inspections fall 84% during COVID-19 pandemic

BD+C

OSHA’s in-person checks of construction sites have plunged by 84% during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency has focused its attention on virus transmission hazards in the health-care industry, according to OSHA data.

OSHA issues guidance for recording COVID-19 cases

Construction Dive

Contractors only have to record a COVID-19 case when there is "reasonably available" evidence that it may be work related

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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