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Florida Roofing Company Fined with $1.5 Million in Penalties

On March 16, 2013, OSHA changed their rules for Fall Protection in residential construction. A Florida roofing company, Great White Construction Inc., recently saw the effects of these new rules. They were fined over $1.5 million in penalties after repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards. Overall, Great White Construction was cited with 14 violations. An extensive prior history led the agency to issue 11 willful violations for failing to protect employees from fall hazards. OSHA also cited the company for three repeat violations for failing to ensure employees used eye protection while operating nail guns and for ladders used to access roof sites. Since 2012, OSHA has investigated Great White 12 times and issued 22 citations related to improper fall protection, ladder safety, and eye protection. For a full list of their violations, click here.  Click here for the Residential Roofing Fall Protection Plan Development Tool.       

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August’s Unsafe Photos

Enjoy our monthly installment of unsafe photos!                         

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Update on Silica, Recordkeeping, Anti-Retaliation & More!

RMS hosted an event at our facility recently where a prominent member of the Indiana Department of Labor provided an update on several OSHA regulations.  We would like to share our “CliffsNotes” with those of you who couldn’t make it.  Here is a summary of what was discussed:   FEDERAL OSHA’S NEW DIRECTION:  OSHA under the Obama Administration was extremely active with rulemaking.  Over the 8-years they passed rules on Cranes, Hazard Communication (GHS), Injury Reporting, Anti-Retaliation, Falls in General Industry, Confined Space in Construction, Electronic Recordkeeping, Silica, Beryllium, and more!  They also seemed to be heavily focused on enforcement.  This was made evident by publishing high dollar citations (with company names) on their website, wanting to make each company’s OSHA Logs public access, raising the penalty amount, and less involvement with programs like VPP and SHARP.  The Trump administration seems to be less interested in passing new regulations and […]

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Great Idea for Heat Stress Prevention

Most safety professionals know that the color of urine can be an indicator of dehydration, and many of us have taught this in our training classes.  However, much of what we teach is not applied once our employees leave the classroom and return to work.  It takes continued reminders in order to make some things stick and lead to action.  These reminders can come in the form of refresher training, payroll stuffers, on-the-job feedback, and signage.  A few weeks ago we stumbled across a very simple yet effective idea for reminding employees about the need to monitor their urine color and stay hydrated.  Simply said… the company laminated a chart on urine color and posted it directly above each urinal/seat present on the jobsite.  Due to the strategic placement of the sign it forced everyone to see it at a time they could actually apply it.  Genius!!  In case you would […]

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July’s Unsafe Photos

Your monthly installment of Unsafe Photos. Enjoy!                                                              

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ASSE To Change Name To ASSP

UPDATE: 74% of member voters decided to move forward with the change, making it official. ASSE will change their name to ASSP in 2018. Click HERE for the News Release.   The ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) will be changing their name to ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals), per the approval of members. The ASSP is a global association for occupational safety and health professionals. After feedback and input, research and planning, they decided to change the name and brand to make it more inclusive. Click HERE to read their story and check out their new website. Click HERE to read their President’s blog about the change. 

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NSC’s Study on Ranking State Safety

The NSC conducted a year long study to grade the states on actions and policies they have taken to reduce risks for their residents. Not one state received an “A” grade. Click HERE to see how your state was graded, and what the problematic issues are.

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Proposed Rule to Modify Beryllium Standards for Construction and Shipyard Sectors

OSHA announced a proposed rule in June that would modify the recent beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors. The general industry standard will remain unaffected by the proposed rule. Click here to see the proposed rule, click here for the official OSHA news release.

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OSHA Proposes Delay in Electronic Reporting Compliance Date

OSHA has proposed a delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injury and Illnesses, from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule. The agency has determined that a delay will allow additional review into questions of law and policy. Click here for the OSHA News Release. To read the Rule “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses”, click here.

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Fact Sheet on Confined Space in Residential Construction

OSHA has developed a new Fact Sheet on Confined Space in Residential Construction. This was developed to clarify some of the standard’s provisions and their application to residential construction work. One important update is that a “Competent Person” does not have to enter the space in order to assess hazards. Click here to download the new Fact Sheet.  

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