New OSHA Confined Spaces In Residential Construction Fact Sheet Released

OSHA recently released a new fact sheet related to confined spaces in residential construction settings. The fact sheet explains how employers can determine if confined spaces or permit-required confined spaces exist and how common spaces in residential construction are impacted by the standard. OSHA defines a confined space as any space that meets the following criteria: is…

New Communications Tower Guide to Best Practices 

Communications towers provide access for many of the conveniences we take for granted like cell service and radio station signals, but these towers present unique safety challenges for those who use and maintain them. In fact, according to OSHA data, between 2013-2016, thirty-four communications tower-related fatalities occurred. Recently OSHA released a new guide to best practices for companies…

Avoid OSHA’s Preliminary List of 10 Top Safety Citations for 2016 

Every year, OSHA releases a list of their top 10 safety citations in rank order. The most recently available list is below. This list provides some valuable insights into where employers are failing to provide workers with safe workplaces, resulting in fines that eat into profits. Fall protection Hazard communication Scaffolds Respiratory protection Lockout/tagout Powered industrial trucks…

What We Can Learn from a Manufacturing Company That Was Fined Nearly $2 Million for Safety Violations

On July 21st, OSHA announced that they had fined an aluminum manufacturing company based in New Jersey a total of $$1,922,895 for fifty-one safety violations — not something any business wants to experience. The Injuries During their on-site inspection, OSHA discovered that two plant employees were hospitalized as a result of the company’s failure to…