Archives for December 2016

Recordkeeping: Updates and Obligations

OSHA’s recent final rule for employers to make and maintain an accurate record of each injury and illness becomes effective January 18th, 2017. OSHA's longstanding position has been that an employer's duty to record an injury or illness continues for the full five-year record-retention period, and this position has been upheld by OSHA since the 1993. The new final rule ... [Continue Reading]

Worker Participation: The Key to a Successful Safety Program

OSHA's recently issued Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Practices underscores the importance of not only having a comprehensive, written safety program, but also making sure that workers are involved in the process.   The agency describes an effective program as one that emphasizes top-level ownership, participation by employees, and a “find and fix” approach to ... [Continue Reading]

Trench Fatalities Reach Alarming New Heights

The dangers of soil cave-in while workers are working in trenches are well documented, however the number of injuries and fatalities that occurred in 2016 have reached disturbing levels in the construction industry. This past June an Ohio company was fined over $270,000 for just such a fatality. One cubic yard of soil can up to 3,000 lbs, or as OSHA points out, the weight of ... [Continue Reading]