As states begin reopening their economies, OSHA has issued two revised enforcement policies to ensure employers are taking action to protect their employees.
These unprecedented Covid-19 times are forcing many businesses to temporarily close and vacate their properties. Below are a few tips for keeping your property safe and protected during a temporary shutdown.
There are several Federal Programs that have been enacted to assist Small Businesses get through these troubled times.
New York State Empire State Development (“ESD”) just amended their guidance for determining whether a business is subject to a workforce reduction, under Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order. https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026
Many states have updated their laws for recreational or medicinal use of Marijuana over the past few years. NYS recently made a significant change.
Topics: Employment Practices
OSHA is responsible for protecting the safety and health of the American workforce. They do this by promulgating and enforcing safety rules, regulations, and standards. Failure to comply with these standards may result in fines costing nearly $13,000 per serious violation and nearly $130,000 for each willful or repeat violation. Listed below are the most frequently cited OSHA standards. Haylor, Freyer & Coon's Loss Prevention Team can help make your job site, plant or facility safe and compliant.
Construction Company Owner Charged with Manslaughter Over Worker's Trench Death
Recent statistics show that the fatality rate for excavation construction work is at least 112% higher than that in other construction industries. To help excavation workers stay safe, OSHA has established standards and policies to require a competent person who is capable of identifying and eliminating hazards to be present at every excavation site.
HF&C can provide trenching and excavation safety training consistent with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P requirements. The training program would be designed to ensure that participants obtain the knowledge, skill, and understanding necessary to be considered “competent persons” (as defined by OSHA) for excavation safety. Under the OSHA excavation standards, tasks performed by the competent person include:
■ Classifying soil
■ Verify underground utilities have been located
■ Inspecting protective systems
■ Designing structural ramps
■ Monitoring water removal equipment
■ Conducting site inspections
Additionally, your competent person should be capable of:
- Displaying extensive knowledge of OSHA 29 CFR 1926--Subpart P
- Demonstrating correct soil testing procedures and understand how to classify soil
- Identifying hazards associated with trenching and excavations and understand how to take prompt corrective measures to ensure a safe excavation
- Understanding the different types of protective systems and how to select the proper system