OSHA Issues New Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

In an effort to underscore the importance of recordkeeping in dangerous workplace environments, OSHA has this week issued a final rule regarding the compliance requirements of employers. Specifically for those companies with 250 or more employees in certain industries. Under the new rule, employers in high-hazard industries are required to send OSHA injury and illness data, ... [Continue Reading]

Hazards of Confined Spaces Continue to Raise Concern

The hazards of confined spaces continue to make headlines, and this month has been no exception. OSHA’s ruling last year has been priority as confined spaces in construction present physical and atmospheric hazards that can be avoided if they are recognized and addressed prior to entering these spaces to perform work. People working in confined spaces face life-threatening ... [Continue Reading]

State Safety Plans: Know Your Jurisdiction

There are 28 OSHA-approved state plans: safety and health programs operated by individual states instead of federal OSHA. Section 18 of the OSH Act encourages states to develop and operate their own job safety and health programs. The OSH Act of 1970 and 29 CFR Part 1956 allow states and territories to establish plans that cover only state and local government employees - ... [Continue Reading]

National “Stand Down for Safety” Scheduled for May 2-6

Last year, more than 2.5 million workers participated in OSHA’s national “Stand Down for Safety” program to highlight the importance of fall protection in the construction industry. Injuries and fatalities from falls continue to lead the hazards in this industry as well as making it one of OSHA’s top 10 most frequently causes for citation, several years running. This year, OSHA ... [Continue Reading]

OSHA Issues New Final Rule for Eye and Face Protection

Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. OSHA reports that eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation. Among the most common hazards for eye and face injury are flying objects ... [Continue Reading]

Drilling and Dust: The Dangers of Concrete

Approximately 2 million construction workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, specifically those who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. Crystalline silica, although found naturally in materials such as quartz, is hazardous when very small and respirable particles are inhaled. These respirable dust ... [Continue Reading]

Reporting Accidents: The Rules to Follow

Reporting construction work accidents is a matter that OSHA has always taken seriously, but the consequences of non-compliance have become ever more evident. In a recent high-profile case involving a multi-state retail company, OSHA stated that their fines were based not only on the safety violations but also the fact that the company failed to report. Says OSHA, “This is a ... [Continue Reading]

Whistleblowing: The Consequences of Non-Compliance

Whistleblowing in the construction industry continues to garner attention from OSHA with increasing accountability to those companies who punish workers for reporting unsafe working conditions. Earlier this month, an industrial company in Montgomeryville was fined $822,000 after the federal agency determined that two workers were fired for filing a complaint following an ... [Continue Reading]

Filing the OSHA 300 Log: What You Need to Know

As we reported early last year, OSHA’s recordkeeping rules for injury and illness on the worksite have been updated, putting new requirements for construction sites that fall under Federal OSHA jurisdiction. OSHA has always maintained the obligation for companies to maintain accurate records of accidents onsite, and the newest rules have made two important changes that ... [Continue Reading]

Fatal Crane Accident Prompts New Regulations in NYC

In the wake of last week’s fatal crane accident in New York City, the city has announced new regulations that would prohibit operating these cranes in winds that exceed 20 miles per hour, or gusts of up to 30 miles per hour. Excessive winds are thought to be the main culprit in last week’s accident. Workers were moving the 500-foot crane, which was replacing generators on a ... [Continue Reading]