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

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Who is Holding Your Hand?

Safety and hazard assessments go hand in hand.  If we do not understand what a hazard is, how can we apply measures to protect ourselves?  The ability to identify hazards comes from a variety of sources:  our experiences, others’ experiences, formal and informal training. No one gets out of bed in the morning and plans to get hurt.  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.

Federal OSHA statistics For FY 2014

NAICS #/ Industry Total Citations Inspections Conducted Total Penalties Issued
Total for All Industries

 $     77,062

24,751  $       129,224,469
Average Citation

 $      1,677

Average Inspection Penalty

 $      5,221

23 / Construction

 $     33,298

13,246

 $         61,519,365
Average Citation

 $      1,848

Average Inspection Penalty

 $      4,644

31,32,33/Total manufacturing

 $     23,460

 $      5,490

 $         39,184,096
Average Citation

 $      1,670

Average Inspection Penalty

 $      7,137

Source: https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/citedstandard.naics?_naics=23&p_esize=&p_state=FEFederal

Update For FY2015

OSHA enforcement officials finished 2014 with a bang – issuing 20 significant penalty proposals in December! These 20 potential fines total $3,318,680.  Individual fines ranged from $103,000 to $283,600.  Source: http://safety-blog.compliancesigns.com/2015/01/december-2014-osha-fines-total-33.html

OSHA FY 2014 TOP 10 LIST (as of 10/25/2014)

  1. 1926.501 – Fall Protection(Construction standard) – 8,241 violations
  2. 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication– 6,156 violations
  3. 1926.451 – Scaffolding (Construction standard) – 5,423 violations
  4. 1910.134 – Respiratory Protection– 3,879 violations
  5. 1910.305 – Electrical, Wiring Methods– 3,452 violations
  6. 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT)– 3,340 violations
  7. 1910.147 – Lockout/Tagout– 3,254 violations
  8. 1926.1053 – Ladders(Construction standard) – 3,311 violations
  9. 1910.212 – Machine Guarding- 2,701 violations
  10. 1910.303 – Electrical, General Requirements- 2,745 violations

Source: http://www.ehso.com/css/oshaviolations.php