The Department of Labor’s (DOL) informational campaign to make working at height safer – and thus reduce construction fall fatalities – is apparently falling on deaf ears in New Jersey, at least where one company is concerned.
OSHA has issued a direct final rule and notice of proposed rulemaking that applies the requirements of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition work and underground construction.
OSHA says its Southeast regional offices will increase enforcement efforts aimed at reducing an upward trend in construction-related fall fatalities. Falls are one of the four leading causes of employee fatalities in the Southeast.
Company demonstrated “blatant disregard” for worker safety
August 17, 2012
OSHA has cited specialty metal forgings producer A. Finkl & Sons Co. with 26 safety violations at the company's Chicago facility, including two willful violations that involve failing to provide fall protection around open pits and rectify multiple hazards found in crane inspections. Proposed penalties total $352,700.
A Texas construction safety group has received a $1.6 million dividend based on its overall loss ratio. The Texas Construction Association (TCA) safety group, designed by subcontractors to benefit subcontractors, received the payment from the Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state’s leading provider of workers' compensation insurance.