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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

What Happens To Business Owners Who Don’t Pay OSHA Fines?

OSHA answered this question in a press release issued this week:  They will come after the offender until they collect, plus penalties!Just ask Vasilios Saitis, owner of Altor, Inc. a construction company in New Jersey who was found in contempt of court, and was not only forced to pay the original $412,000 OSHA fine for multiple safety violations, but also $30,000 in penalties, not to mention all of the legal fees that accrued during extensive litigation.This statement summarizes the case:“This [...]

By |2019-12-11T13:41:52-05:00December 4th, 2019|Government Regulation, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on What Happens To Business Owners Who Don’t Pay OSHA Fines?

OSHA Announces “Significant Inspection Increases” in 2019

Despite the current administration's promise to reduce regulation, today OSHA announced that they have conducted more enforcement inspections in 2019 than in the previous 3 years. Although one could certainly argue that there's a difference between adding/reducing regulations, and enforcement of regulations, it seems clear that the administration is continuing their commitment to workplace safety for American workers by ensuring that employers are held accountable to this goal. In addition to increased OSHA inspections, the agency has also [...]

By |2019-12-04T19:04:47-05:00December 4th, 2019|Fed Regulation, Government Regulation, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on OSHA Announces “Significant Inspection Increases” in 2019

Is Outsourcing EHS Compliance A Good Option?

Is outsourcing your environmental, health and safety compliance a good option for your company? It's very common for companies to outsourced their legal, accounting and IT needs and services, but many companies don't even know that outsourcing EHS compliance is an option... but it is. Now that you know it's an option, why would you consider it? Did you know that companies who fail to manage OSHA, EPA and state environmental and hazardous materials compliance put themselves at risk [...]

It’s Our 4th Annual EHS Compliance Seminar

In conjunction with Austin Regional Manufacturers Association, we’ll be hosting our 4th annual environmental, health & safety seminar on February 26th at the Norris Event Center in Austin. We’ve revamped the agenda this year and will host 2 separate events: The event on the 26th will focus entirely on health and safety OSHA compliance & risks, and we’ll host a separate environmental and hazardous materials compliance event later this year. Here's the agenda: Agenda for Health & Safety Compliance & [...]

By |2019-02-24T17:51:07-05:00February 24th, 2019|Good To Know, Government Regulation, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas Environmental Regulations, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on It’s Our 4th Annual EHS Compliance Seminar

How Bad Can An OSHA or Environmental Inspection Be?

How bad could a failed environmental, health or safety inspection be for you and your company? It can hurt The average fine of a failed OSHA inspection exceeds $60,000. Environmental fines are often higher. In the case of serious employee injuries or fatalities due to willful negligence, business owners can face civil and even criminal prosecution. Can you risk it? Seventy-Five Percent of Inspections Result in Fines Here’s the other thing, you’ll never know about the inspection until the [...]

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