This week highlights the importance of proper safety training and the impact that workers can have on companies getting an OSHA inspection. Workers have a right to a safe workplace, if it’s not provided, there are many avenues employees will take to ensure they are protected. So, let’s take care of employees, for the wellbeing of their health and the health of the company. – Matt Luman, EHS Product Manager
December 7 – General Electric is cutting 12,000 power jobs globally in an effort to reduce 1 billion in cost. This was brought on by disruptions in the industry and the need to be better positioned for 2019 and beyond. Analysts say this decision is long overdue.
December – The deadline has been extended to December 15th to submit to OSHA the information from your completed 2016 Form 300A. Now that OSHA is live with its Injury Tracking Application, all covered businesses need to get their 2016 information in the system. Moving forward with a 2-year phase in, OSHA will be using the data to provide much better injury metrics for covered entities.
November 29 – OSHA recently cited US Environmental in region 3 for 12 safety violations totaling $333,756 in proposed penalties. Most of the violations centered on the company willfully exposes workers to confined space and fall hazards at it Downing Town, PA location. For more details on the penalties, see the link above. It really highlights the need for proper training and enforcement of confined space and fall hazards.
December 1 – In region 1 news, Manafort Brothers, Inc. is facing penalties of $329,548 for exposing workers to preventable hazards. In total, two willful and six serious violations were placed on the company, most worrisome the exposure to mercury levels during demolition. The inspection was brought on after a follow-up to worker complaints.
December – Southern California has been ravaged by wildfires this past week. Forced evacuation in many areas is in place as the fires move toward heavily populated areas. FEMA is offering information concerning the wildfire and information regarding preparing for wildfires.