As has been expected for a few months now, OSHA has officially removed the requirement for large companies with 250 or more employees to submit OSHA Forms 300 and 301. The administration cited privacy concerns as the reason for the change.
According to the press release, issued on January 24, 2019, OSHA has officially issued a final rule eliminating the requirements. While the Form 300, which is the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, and the Form 301, which is the Injury and Illness Incident Report, will not need to be electronically filed, OSHA will still enforce the requirement to submit OSHA Form 300A, which is the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. Forms 300 and 301 must still be maintained by each employer in a physical form on-site.
The OSHA Form 300A does not contain any sensitive individual worker data, only generalized numbers of injuries and illnesses incurred by the employees overall during the previous year. The final rule also adds a requirement onto the electronic filing of the OSHA 300A document. Employers will now be responsible for submitting their EIN number when they file electronically, which will help OSHA and the BLS better use the data gained by 300A filings.
You are currently able to submit your company’s Form 300A for 2018 data electronically and the deadline is March 2, 2019. For more information about the electronic filing process, visit OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application website.
Final Rule: Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses | Federal Register
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.
Falls on the jobsite is the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in construction. Keeping up with housekeeping on your site is a great way to reduce risks of falls, but other protections, like rebar caps should be installed when rebar is exposed. A young construction worker recently found out the hard way what happens when rebar is left exposed.
On April 3, a congressional appropriations hearing was held to discuss the U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal funding for fiscal year 2020. During the hearing, the secretary of Labor, R. Alexander Acosta, told the committee how OSHA plans to spend their budget and how the agency fared in the previous year.
Safety training in the construction industry is necessary to build worker awareness – not to mention that it’s legally required – but it can be extremely time consuming and expensive to have completed. There are many companies out there looking to make money off of keeping workers safe, which is why it’s great when a company offers training free of charge, like Procore’s Safety Qualified program.
Cranes collapsing on-site are serious business, especially since many of them resulted in the loss of life. A recent crane collapse on a construction site in Alpharetta, GA was caught on camera after it caught fire, but luckily no one was injured.