A Colorado contractor has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for a fatal 2018 trench collapse at a Granby, Colorado, work site. The case comes under a partnership between the Department of Labor (DOL) Solicitor’s Office and state and local prosecutors to prosecute employers under state criminal statutes, along with an increased number of […]
Category: Contractor Safety
The number of staffing agencies and temporary workers grew rapidly during the end of the last century, and the types of alternative work arrangements continue to proliferate. There now are several types of workers in “nonstandard work arrangements.”
Your safety culture—the attitudes and habits underlying health and safety practices and compliance programs in your workplace—is an essential hazard control. It can be difficult to build but easy to destroy, and one thing that can destroy your carefully constructed safety culture is a permissive attitude toward the safety practices of your contractors and suppliers.
Temporary workers have a higher overall injury rate than permanent workers in the same occupations, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) researchers found in a study of Ohio workers’ compensation claims.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited an Anson, Maine employer in the heat-related death of a worker at a site in Inman, Nebraska. The agency proposed penalties in the amount of $18,564.
When an employer provides personal protective equipment (PPE) to all onsite workers (including contractors and subcontractors), does it have any liability or exposure if the PPE fails? Does the fact of whether the PPE was provided for free come into play? This question was recently posed to experts at Safety.BLR.com®—read on to see their response.
For organizations with large contractor workforces, managing risk by ensuring safety has become increasingly important. Companies rely on comprehensive occupational health and safety training to keep their workers safe and to mitigate supply chain and regulatory risks associated with poor safety adherence among their contractor workforce. They have realized that safety training is not a […]
The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) identified 662 fatal occupational injuries among independent workers in 2016 and 613 in 2017 in its first look at work-related fatalities among “gig workers.”
Conducive cultures can be the most effective tool in achieving safety results. High-performance organizations realize alignment of safety cultures is becoming the core responsibility of not just the contractor, but those engaging them as well.
Leading companies in construction and industrial workplaces are recognizing the promise of mobile computing and smart devices on the job, as well as quickly learning how to make the most of this technological shift. Smartphones and tablets are assisting contractors not only with capturing and managing data but also with optimizing and streamlining their operations.