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Monthly archive for July 2016

OSHA Shares Electricity and Tree Care Work pamphlet

Contact with electricity is one of the leading causes of death for tree care workers. To help small business owners and front line supervisors, OSHA has published a pamphlet that should prepare for the risks of tree-trimming operations near sources of electricity. These include training workers about potential hazards, making sure workers maintain a distance of at least 10 feet from overhead power lines, and providing proper gloves and shoes for hazards present where tree work is being performed. Click here for the pamphlet in English, and here for Spanish.  

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OSHA Penalty Increase To Take Effect After August 1, 2016

For the first time in 26 years, OSHA is increasing their monetary penalty charge. Moving forward, they will adjust for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index. Adjusting the penalties should lead to significant benefits for workers and responsible employers. The new civil penalty amounts are applicable only to civil penalties assessed after Aug. 1, 2016, whose associated violations occurred after Nov. 2, 2015. To provide guidance on the implementations of the new policies, OSHA will issue revisions to it’s Field Operations Manual by August 1st. To address the impact of these penalty increases on smaller businesses, OSHA will continue to provide penalty reductions based on the size of the employer and other factors. Type of Violation                      Current Maximum Penalty                                            New Maximum Penalty Serious […]

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Spotter Safety Video

  Many OSHA regulations require a spotter on the job to make sure that equipment and people work together safely. The spotter must be properly trained and competent to do the job. Below is a very informative video about spotter safety created by ACSASafety. Topics include: • When is a spotter needed • Assessing the hazards • Working around overhead utilities • The expectations of a spotter • Signals to be used, communication • What to do in an emergency  

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Construction Company Owner Indicted For Manslaughter

A construction company owner was indicted for manslaughter after the death of an employee at a Coney Island construction site in April of 2015. The employee was smoothing concrete on the sixth floor of the work site when he reached the edge and fell to his death. He was not wearing a harness, nor was fall protection installed as required by OSHA and the New York City Building Code. Salvatore Schirripa, the owner of the construction company, was indicted for failing to adhere to safety regulations after four warnings and citations given to him since 2011 from OSHA and the New York City Department of Buildings for failing to provide effective fall protection. Schirripa pleaded “not guilty” to charges including second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, falsifying business records and violation of the workers’ compensation law. He’s expected back in court Sept. 7, and faces up to 15 years in […]

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