The hot temperatures are coming! As we all know, working in the heat puts an extra strain on your body. With some understanding of how the body reacts to heat, we can prevent heat-related disorders. Heat-related illness occurs when the body is unable to shed heat through sweating or circulatory changes.

Some symptoms of heat illness and heat stroke may include: Continue reading


Hazard Awareness Training for Management and Employees

Just an update: We have obtained our OSHA Authorized Trainer designation for General Industry.  We are now authorized to conduct OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Safety Training for both the Construction Industry and General Industry.

This is great training for both the management team and your employees.  We do not just discuss OSHA standards or company polices, although they are part of the training.  We discuss real-life and everyday hazards that your team members face day in and day out.  We train people on hazard awareness. Continue reading

Happy New Year!! OSHA Stopped By

Happy New Year! You owe OSHA $32,490 in fines.  Many small companies believe they are exempt from OSHA regulations.  This is NOT the case.  This is a story that occurred to a small business.  I received a call from a company with six (6) employees to assist them with abatement issues after an OSHA Inspection.  An employee filed a complaint with OSHA.  This complaint triggered two separate inspections including an Industrial Hygiene study for noise, mold, and asbestos.  There were no findings regarding the employee complaint or the industrial hygiene studies.  However, this small company received two citations totaling $32,490.  On the second inspection, OSHA sent two inspectors that spent almost 7 hours inspecting a 35,000 square foot building.

Here are a few of the items cited along with their associated fines:

  • 1910.22(a)(1) All places of employment, passageways, storerooms, and service rooms were not kept clean and orderly.                                                                             $2,400
  • 1910.22(a)(2) Explosive dust (saw dust) on the floor and surfaces                $1,600
  • 1910.37(a)(3) Exit Routes were not kept free and unobstructed                      $1,200
  • 1910.133(a)(1) Employees not wearing safety glasses                                          $1,200
  • 1910.213(c ) (1) Guard missing (table saw guard)                                                   $2,800
  • 1910.303 (b)(2) Overloaded surge protector (power strip)                                    $2,400
  • 1910.305(g)(1)(iv)(A) Misuse of a flexible cord (extension cord)                       $2,400
  • 1910.305(g)(2)(ii) Extension cord was repaired with electrical tape                 $1,600
  • 1910.157(c )(1) Fire Extinguisher was not mounted (sitting on the floor)       $1,600
  • 1910.178(l)(1)(i) Un-licensed fork lift operators                                                  $2,800
  • 1910.213 (s)(6) Cleanliness around working machinery                                    $2,000

Remember all companies are required to follow OSHA regulations. In most cases, companies with 10 or fewer employees are exempt from many of the paperwork and recordkeeping requirements.

All companies have to maintain a healthy and hazard free workplace. Companies must be proactive versus reactive when it comes to the safety and health of their employees.

At Mather Risk Management, we can help you develop a safety management system, training and work practices to prevent these types of workplace hazards.

If this sounds familiar, we can help. Give us a call at 205-440-3849 or email us at jaymather@matherrisk.com. Please like us on Facebook and visit our website at http://www.matherriskmanagement.com.

NOW an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer – Construction

Just a note to let everyone know that we are now an OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer for the 10 and 30 hour Construction Outreach Safety Program.

The OSHA Outreach Training Program for the Construction Industry provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in the construction industry. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. This is a voluntary program and does not meet training requirements for any OSHA standards. Continue reading