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
With the blink of an eye, wind speed and direction can turn a sunny winter day into a blizzard event that lasts for a week. Whatever the weather, a well-planned snow and ice removal strategy will be essential for the safety of your customers and employees as well as your daily operations and bottom line. One incident of slip and fall can be detrimental, but as the business or property owner, you should be aware of other incidents and risks that may arise from failure to properly remove ice or snow from your property.
As cyber-attacks continue to escalate in frequency and severity, you can’t afford NOT to protect your business from data breach. Criminals are constantly working on new ways to hack into your computer systems, steal data and create chaos.
These standards went into effect on September 23rd. Are you prepared?
Understanding the new OSHA standards for Silica dust in the construction industry.
Silica is ever-present around us and in the air we breathe. Silica is present in most construction materials, such as concrete, mortar, block, brick, asphalt, stone... The percentage of silica varies by material and geographic location. When these construction materials are cut, drilled, ground it can generate airborne dust containing respirable Crystalline Silica - RCS.
Attention Motor carriers and drivers, if you have an eligible crash that took place on or after June 1, 2017 and evidence to show that the crash was not preventable, you can participate in the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program.