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OSHA Inspection Video

OSHA recently issued a short 5 minute video which summarized the OSHA inspection and enforcement process. Here's a summary of what the video covers: The purpose and importance of OSHA enforcement What can trigger an OSHA inspection:  This includes employee complaints, hospitalizations, fatalities, referrals and more. OSHA enforcement officer credentials The inspection process: From opening conference, to walk around, to typical questions they will ask of employees and management, facility inspection to closing conference Reporting of potential violations and review [...]

OSHA Increases Fines Again

In order to adjust for inflation, OSHA has increased their fine schedule for 2020 as follows: Serious and Other Than Serious: Raised from $13,260 to $13,494 per violation Failure To Abate:  $13,494 per day beyond abatement date Willful or Repeat: Raised from $132,598 to $134,937 per violation

By |2020-01-17T09:34:19-05:00January 17th, 2020|Good To Know|Comments Off on OSHA Increases Fines Again

Think Twice Before Hiring A Safety Manager

Are you considering hiring an internal environmental, health and safety compliance manager for your company? If you've never done this before, you might want to think twice about the decision and here's why: Here are some of the most common challenges facing small companies when trying to recruit and hire an internal EHS compliance manager: Recruiting: During recruiting process, it's very difficult to properly vet a candidate's experience & qualifications unless you have lots of experience doing this. Management: It's [...]

Don’t Get This OSHA Letter!

Last summer we received a call from the owner of a small Texas manufacturer who got inspected by OSHA and had just received the letter below. This is a 24 point laundry list of virtually all OSHA standards that apply to a typical manufacturer, and the company was in violation of all of them. How overwhelming! The owner was in a state of panic and didn’t know what to do, and unfortunately we were the ones who had to tell [...]

By |2020-01-09T11:29:48-05:00January 9th, 2020|Good To Know|Comments Off on Don’t Get This OSHA Letter!

Don’t Get This OSHA Letter in 2020

Last summer I received a call from the owner of a small Texas manufacturer who got inspected by OSHA and had just received the this letter: It was a 24 point laundry list of virtually all OSHA standards that apply to a typical manufacturer, and the company was in violation of all of them. The owner was in a state of panic and didn’t know what to do, and unfortunately I was the one who had to tell them it [...]

By |2020-01-07T11:01:39-05:00January 7th, 2020|OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on Don’t Get This OSHA Letter in 2020

Business Owner Sentenced To 2 Years In Jail After Fatalities

A Boston area court sentenced Kivin Otto, owner of Atlantic Drain Services Company, Inc., to 2 years in prison after a trench collapse in 2016 resulted in the tragic deaths of two employees. Otto was convicted of two counts of manslaughter, and other charges, including witness intimidation after Otto tried to interfere with the OSHA investigation. The local OSHA representative stated: "Employers that display willful disregard for employee safety and/or obstruct, mislead or otherwise interfere with an OSHA inspection will [...]

By |2019-12-24T11:08:06-05:00December 24th, 2019|Good To Know, Government Regulation, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on Business Owner Sentenced To 2 Years In Jail After Fatalities
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