Archives for February 2017

Wear and Tear: Safety Equipment Maintenance

Too often the safety violations that result in accidents are not only because of lack of equipment or proper training, but the poor maintenance of the equipment itself. Inspection and maintenance of harnesses, extension cords and all electrical tools is a vital part of any construction safety program. When considering the wear and tear of your fall protection equipment, ... [Continue Reading]

New Developments in Anti-Retaliation Programs

Earlier this year, OSHA issued new revisions to its whistleblowing recommendations, including a name change to Anti-Retaliation. The purpose and the intent of the new recommendations are unchanged: to make sure employers create worksites where workers feel comfortable voicing safety concerns without fear of retaliation. These recommendations of course have specific implications ... [Continue Reading]

Little Change in OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations

Every year, OSHA releases a list of the most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. Almost every year, fall protection tops the list and there was little change in the remainder of the hazards as well. In fact, scaffolds (no. 3) and ladders (no. 7) could easily be considered sub-sets of the number one offender. For FY 2016, the list ... [Continue Reading]