Your safety culture—the attitudes and habits underlying health and safety practices 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.
Category: Contractor Safety
OSHA and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association Kansas City Chapter (SMACNA-KC) have signed an alliance to protect sheet metal and air conditioning employees from industry-specific hazards.
OSHA has cited All Power Construction Corp. and staffing agency Labor Finders of Tennessee Inc. after a temporary employee installing sewer lines at an Alabama work site suffered a fatal injury in a trench collapse. All Power Construction Corp. faces $139,684 in proposed penalties and Labor Finders of Tennessee Inc. faces the maximum allowed $12,934 […]
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan, a Wisconsin Democrat, has introduced legislation to help ensure that companies contracting with the federal government maintain safe workplaces. The Contractor Accountability and Workplace Safety Act was introduced in response to President Trump’s revocation of an executive order that required companies to disclose past labor law violations when bidding for large […]
An Anchorage building contractor has withdrawn its contest of nearly $300,000 in fines proposed by Alaska’s state-run safety and health program, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The National Safety Council (NSC) has released a new report, Making the Case for Contractor Management: Examining the Safety Benefits of 3rd Party Management. The report includes an analysis of hypotheses to assess the safety benefits of contractor safety prequalification programs for participating suppliers, contractors, and vendors. The contractors involved were found to have better […]
It’s simple enough to identify the hazards of communication tower work: falls and structural collapses, rigging and hoisting practices, and struck-by hazards. What’s sticky is the question of who is responsible for workers’ safety in an industry that employs multiple layers of contractors.
Are contractors the weak link in your safety chain? If you don’t have an effective contractor safety management program, you may not even know. Your contractors could be bringing personnel onto your site who don’t have the training and certifications you would normally require. The contractor—or the contractor’s personnel—may have only a cursory understanding of […]
Are your contractor safety management practices putting you at risk? It’s possible. Contractor and temporary workers who are injured sometimes sue their host employer, seeking damages beyond workers’ compensation—and in some cases they have been successful. In addition, a contractor incident on your site can cause injury to your employees, or even if it doesn’t […]
On the same day that the Senate voted to repeal requirements that large federal contractors reveal safety violations, a U.S. Senator released a new report detailing contractor safety.