Category: Contractor Safety

Florida Contractor Cited in Heat-Related Death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Belle Glade, Florida, farm labor contractor McNeill Labor Management Inc. in the heatstroke death of a migrant sugar cane farmworker, the agency announced April 15. Because there’s no federal standard for heat exposures or heat illness prevention and the agency cites employers under the General Duty Clause […]

Realizing the Benefits of Safety Plans

Written safety plans are often the foundation of an organization’s safety program – spelling out safety goals, identifying hazards and controls, outlining standards and training, documenting procedures, specifying roles and responsibilities, and establishing lines and methods of communication and feedback. There are many regulations for which OSHA felt it necessary to require a written safety […]

OSHA Slaps $1.8 Million Fine on Minnesota Contractor

Minnesota contractor Wagner Construction Inc. faces $1.8 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for a serious violation and 16 repeat violations involving trenching and excavation hazards, the agency announced December 5. Despite signing a 2021 settlement agreement with the agency that included a promise to protect its employees from trenching and excavation hazards, […]

Worker Fatalities Yield Maximum OSHA Penalties

A Georgia chemical manufacturer and Massachusetts concrete contractor find themselves facing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines following worker fatalities, the agency announced December 1. After a 52-year-old leach tank operator suffered fatal chemical and thermal burns over most of his body, OSHA cited Chemical Products Corp. of Cartersville, Georgia, with five serious violations, […]

Wisconsin Roofer Facing $180K in OSHA Fines for Fall Hazards

Wisconsin roofing contractor Overhead Solutions LLC faces $180,469 in proposed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties for fall protection violations, the agency announced November 27. Federal workplace safety inspectors observed the company’s employees working about 30 feet above ground on a Menasha apartment complex roof without adequate fall protection. Thirteen days later, an inspector […]

Contractor Agrees to $370K Fine to Avoid Prosecution

An Oklahoma contractor agreed to pay $370,680 in criminal and civil penalties to avoid federal prosecution for a worker’s fatal fall, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced September 27. Skinner Tank Company entered into a deferred prosecution agreement on one count of ignoring federal safety regulations that resulted in a worker fatality in […]

Streamlining Visitor Management for Contractors

Effective visitor management is crucial for contractors operating in various industries, including construction, engineering, and maintenance. A well-organized visitor management system not only enhances security but also improves operational efficiency. In this article, we will explore the importance of visitor management for contractors and delve into practical strategies to implement a robust system that ensures […]

Building a Robust Safety Culture: Integrating Contractors into Your Safety Vision

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, organizations are increasingly relying on contractors to meet the demands of diverse projects and services. While outsourcing tasks to contractors can bring several benefits, it also presents unique challenges, especially when it comes to ensuring a cohesive safety culture across all aspects of the operation. Integrating safety culture with contractors […]

Mental Health’s Role in Contractor Safety

While often overlooked, mental health is a crucial factor that affects the safety of contractors in the workplace. Contractors commonly work in environments that require physical and mental agility, but struggles with mental health challenges can impact a contractor’s ability to perform their duties safely and effectively. This article explores how mental health affects contractor […]