Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Springtime - When Robins and OSHA Inspectors Return to Your Jobsites

Just imagine you are a modular home builder with several homes being completed and you get a phone from one of your employees that there are people walking around your jobsite with clipboards and cameras and they don't look happy.

Now imagine going home that evening and having to tell your spouse that a couple of your employees just cost you $109,000 in fines from OSHA and you have 10 days to ask for a hearing or pay the fine.

Oops! I know it would scare the crap out of me if that happened to me but it just happened to a builder (site, not modular) a few miles from me.

As reported today:
OSHA began their investigation of jobsites throughout the area on Sept. 3, 2014 in order to help minimize work-related falls in the construction industry. 
During the investigation, OSHA cited the company for three alleged willful violations. The willful violations included not providing fall protection for an employee working up to 25 feet on a platform insecurely placed on the forks of a forklift, two employees being exposed to a 30-foot fall while installing felt paper on a roof, and failure to enforce proper eye protection policies for workers using a pneumatic nail gun to lay felt paper. A willful violation is defined as the offender having knowledge, voluntary disregard or indifference to the law's requirements of safety and health. 
One serious violation was also issued to the company after OSHA found inappropriate use of a forklift while employees worked on a wall structure. A serious violation is defined as the employer failing to prevent a situation that has a substantial probability of death or serious physical harm. Total fines were $109,000!

The next time you visit your jobsite take a few minutes and look for OSHA violations. If you see some and don't take any action, then I don't pity you in the least when your spouse takes a frying pan to the side of your head after having to give OSHA over $100K for something you could have prevented.

Word to the wise my friends. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In a previous life as a roofing contractor I saw many of my friends pay fines for such violations by their own and subcontractors they engaged. Hardhats, fall protection, machinery operations (cranes), siding installation, roofing - all these areas plus frayed or damaged equipment can cost more than a few minutes to review OSHA rules with your own and subcontractors.