“It’s crucial to remember that every employer is different; there is no one-size-fits-all approach to safety. Consequently, OSHA must approach safety from all angles, including both enforcement and compliance assistance efforts, in order to make an impact.”- Dr. David Michaels
Summer has officially begun! Remember: Water. Rest. Shade. Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for protecting workers from extreme heat.
A recent bipartisan federal budget act signed by President Obama back in November of 2015 will increase employer OSHA fines for the first time in 25 years.
At approximately 1:50 p.m. on January 28th, two steel erection workers were in an aerial boom-lift preparing to install a vertical fixed metal ladder inside of a building when one of the workers started to experience chest pains. Before the operator of the aerial boom-lift could get the basket to the ground, his co-worker was having a heart attack. Two nearby workers from a mechanical piping crew rushed to the scene and began CPR on the worker.Minutes later, emergency personnel arrived on the project to administer medical assistance. Due to the heroic efforts of the two mechanical piping workers, the heart attack victim survived!
On February 17th at approximately 8:15am a worker was using the front bucket of a rubber tire backhoe to transport a load of dirt on a construction project.The operator drove the backhoe over a stockpile of dirt, raised the front bucket, and started to dump the load.While dumping the load, the operator shifted the backhoe to reverse, and caused the backhoe to turn-over on its right side.The operator braced himself and kept his arms inside of the overhead canopy.The worker was wearing his seatbelt at the time of incident.No injuries were sustained in the event.
Starting September 30, 2015, Philadelphia has created new safety training requirements for all contractors. If you or your employees are in need of Online or Onsite OSHA 10 or 30 Hour training please give us a call at 1.888.250.1830. .
The Departments of Justice and Labor announce expansion of Worker Endangerment Initiative to address environmental and worker safety violations.Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division will work with the Department of Labor and U.S. Attorneys for broader look at environmental and workplace safety crimes.
OSHA has made injury reporting easier with new online filing system. Employers now have the option of reporting severe work injuries online to better comply with the expanded requirements that took effect January 2015.
OSH (Occupational Safety and Health) risks related to subcontractors are significant business risks encountered by contractors that employ other contractors. Mitigating these risks is an important task of a hiring contractor’s management team. This article discusses the duty of care created by control over a subcontractor and the ways to mitigate the related liabilities.
Children drawn to construction site as exciting place to play creates liability exposure for contractor/owner.