fall protection

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    A contractor faces fines of more than $48,000 for fall hazards on a job site. The contractor was cited by OSHA for five repeat and two serious violations. Four employees were found not wearing fall protection, and three of those workers (who were on a roof) had not received fall protection training. The one employee on a scaffold had not been trained to identify scaffolding hazards. To read Read More

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    The alliance between OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and Lamar Advertising Company will continue, ensuring further collaboration that will promote OSHA programs and workplace safety. Lamar has and will continue to highlight OSHA and its safety campaigns on outdoor billboards throughout the U.S. In just the last two years, OSHA messages have been shown on almost 100 billboards. To learn more about the alliance, click here. Wrongfully Terminated Read More

  • Protect Yourself and Your Workers: The Top 10 OSHA Violations to Avoid

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    Are you not sure where you and your organization should focus your safety efforts? Here’s a place to start: The 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2015 were announced at the recent National Safety Council Congress & Expo. NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman notes how the list “is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety Read More

  • New Data: Fatal Work Injuries in the U.S. on the Rise

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    According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,679 fatal work injuries were on record for 2013, up 2% from 4,585 injuries posted in 2013. This data was released in mid-September, with updated 2014 data slated for a release in the late spring of 2016. Fatal injuries were higher in mining (by 6%), agriculture (14%), manufacturing (9%) and construction (6%). Falls, Read More

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    A contractor and a staffing company were fined by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) for safety violations after an excavation collapse. The contractor was cited for lack of adequate cave-in protection, for not removing employees from the excavation when cave-in hazards existed and for lack of adequate training. The contractor was fined $130,200. The staffing agency was fined $21,000 for lack of adequate training, no safe means Read More

  • Avoid Falls: Basic Facts About Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS)

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    According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), employers must provide fall protection to workers if they are exposed to a fall of 6 feet or more to a lower level. A personal fall arrest system (PFAS) is an effective form of fall protection that is used to keep workers safe. A PFAS is comprised of an anchor, a harness, and a lifeline or lanyard, and Read More

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    OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recently announced a new process for resolving whistleblower disputes. It is an early resolution process that will be used as part of a regional Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. Through the ADR program, a neutral, confidential OSHA representative can help the involved parties negotiate a settlement. To learn more, click here. Contractor Sentenced for False Statements to OSHA A contractor was sentenced to three Read More

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      OSHA investigated and subsequently fined a cabinet manufacturer for 21 serious safety violations following a worker’s death due to acute exposure to wood dust. The manufacturer was found to have exposed workers to respiratory hazards, fire, explosion and amputation. In addition to the serious violations, there were two other violations. The OSHA citations were machine guarding violations; inadequate guarding for shafts, belts and pulleys; insufficient housekeeping to address accumulating Read More

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    OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) have collaborated on a new resource to help protect hospital workers from respiratory hazards. The Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit is for healthcare employers and contains information about respirator use, hazard assessment, hospital respiratory protection programs, among other related topics. An educational monograph created by a body of more than 20,500 healthcare organizations was Read More

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    OSHA Issues Final Rule for Confined Space in Construction Earlier this month, OSHA issued a final rule for confined space in construction, increasing protections for construction workers in confined spaces. The new rule offers construction workers similar protection to that of manufacturing and general industry workers. Differences unique to construction include requirements that ensure multiple employers share vital safety information and to continuously monitor hazards. For more information about the Read More

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