Failing to provide safety equipment and training to keep workers protected from risks associated with working at heights and in confined spaces is serious. Fall statistics from 2015 indicate that 364 workers died from injuries related to falls. In 2010, 63 workers died as a result of exposure to confined space hazards.
At the end of November, OSHA cited US Environmental, a Pennsylvania-based energy services company with 12 counts of willfully allowing their employees exposure to confined space and fall hazards. During a site visit in May, OSHA investigators determined that the company failed to provide training and equipment to prevent falls. They were also cited for failing to implement rescue procedures for employees working in confined spaces and failing to provide the equipment needed to keep their workers safe when working in confined spaces. The proposed fines total $333,756.
These fines clearly communicate a message: workers deserve safe conditions at work. While it’s tempting to take shortcuts, employers must provide proper safety equipment and training in how to use it. If you’re interested in more information or have specific questions related to creating a safety training program for your business, feel free to give us a call at 864.905.7835.