According to Bloomberg Environment, only 153,653 of the 350,000 companies that OSHA expected to file the injury and illness log actually submitted it and 60,000 sites that did submit were not even required to. OSHA’s new online Injury Tracking Application (ITA) launched in August of last year, before the deadline to submit was delayed, then delayed again, to its final date of December 31. The ITA is no longer available to employers to submit their 2016 log.
Employers with less than 20 employees are exempt from the requirement to file, but those companies who were required to file could be hearing from an OSHA compliance officer soon. According to EHS Today, OSHA told its compliance officers to begin looking into the companies that were required to submit, but didn’t. They have until June 15, 2018 to issue any citations they think are appropriate to those who are out of compliance.
The agency is planning to reach out to the companies who did not submit via mail to let them know how to proceed.
Full story: OSHA Cracks Down on Failure to File Electronic Injury Reports | EHS Today
Summer is officially upon us and beating the heat will keep you healthy and productive. There are many summer dangers on construction sites, but OSHA maintains that water, rest, and shade are the most important factors to avoiding heat illness. Here are a few products to help keep you and hydrated on your jobsites this summer.
In March of 2018, an under construction pedestrian bridge on Florida International University’s (FIU) campus collapsed onto an open street below, killing 6 and injuring several others. Many investigations and lawsuits are still ongoing after the tragedy, but OSHA has released their official report after a roughly 14 month long investigation.
According to a 2016 study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the construction industry sadly ranks first in total suicides and second in suicide rate compared to all other industries in the United States. In response, OSHA has recently published a webpage with resources to help prevent suicides in the construction industry.
As a storm blew through the Dallas, Texas area on Sunday afternoon, a tower crane standing near an occupied apartment building collapsed causing at least one fatality and 6 injuries.
The lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedure has been one of the critical elements of electrical safety training on construction sites for a decade. Generally, it’s pretty simple: if you need to work on an energized circuit or piece of equipment, shut down the breaker, put a lock on it so no one can turn it back on, and place a tag on it with your information. OSHA is considering updating the standard now and is currently requesting information from interested parties.
As the United States just recently suffered another tragic and deadly construction incident involving civilians after a crane collapsed in Seattle over the weekend, we’re reminded that the bridge collapse on FIU’s campus in Miami in early 2018 still has many unanswered questions.
For the past 3 years, Seattle, Washington has had the most construction cranes out of any United States city. But, as we know, from various videos and news stories, a crane collapse can have absolutely devastating consequences. On Saturday, a crane collapsed in downtown Seattle onto an open road below, killing two construction workers, 2 pedestrians, and injuring several others in the process.
All trench collapse deaths are preventable. As soon as everyone on a job site starts believing that we might actually make some progress. In just the past 10 days, there have been 4 trench collapse deaths across 3 separate incidents, further highlighting how far we still need to go.