Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Don’t Publish Pictures You Don’t Want OSHA to See

Once again I was trolling through the myriad of articles about all things modular and offsite and once again I am seeing a lot of pictures on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and news articles that blatantly show OSHA violations.

If you are a new home builder or a commercial developer taking these photos of your subcontractors on the job and think you are doing a great job of PR for your company, think again.
Just yesterday I saw pictures (which I will not publish for obvious reasons) of roofers on a 10/12 pitch roof installing shingles. Neither of the two men had any type of safety gear on and if fact one of them was sitting on the crown of the roof which had to be about 25 feet high. The other was installing shingles in a valley while trying to hold onto a rope that went down, not up.
You might find this a good photo op but OSHA will call this evidence, especially if one of them later fell to their death.
“But they’re subcontractors”, you say. They might be but YOU ARE the GC! Do you really think that OSHA would miss an opportunity to bring you into the lawsuit and fine the heck out of everyone.
The picture you took would prove you not only allowed OSHA violations on your site but actually posted pictures on the Internet to help promote your business.
Here are just a couple of construction OSHA violations the last week in July and the first week of August, 2018:
Georgia Wooden Post Manufacturer Cited for Failing to Protect Workers in Partial Amputation Case - $109,546 fine
Missouri Trenching Co Facing Hefty Fine for Unsafe Work Conditions - $189,221 fine
WA Asbestos Removal Contractor Cited for Unsafe Practices - $229,700 fine
WI Roofing Company Cited for Repeat Fall Hazard Violations - $48,777 fine
Fatal Fall at Dallas Apartment Complex - The court ordered the company to pay a $150,000 criminal fine, $100,000 civil penalty, admit to eight willful violations, and to undergo monitoring by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for four years.
Maryland Contractor Cited for Dozens of Electrical and Machine Guarding Violations - Maryland OSHA has issued 26 citations and $82,800 in penalties
TN Contractor Fined for Exposing Workers to Fall Hazards - $51,200 fine
What will it take for you to react to obvious violations when you visit one of your jobsites and tell the offenders to stop work right now and do things correctly or they can’t work on your job?
Or will you take a few pictures of how work is progressing and happily post it on the Internet?

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