Tag: contractors

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 […]

Illinois Contractor Facing $66K in New OSHA Fines

A Fairmont City, Illinois, roofing contractor is facing $66,711 in new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for five repeat, four serious, and one other-than-serious violation, the agency announced June 6. Juan Zuniga Ramos, operator of JZ Exteriors and Repairs LLC, failed to provide fall protection and train workers on its use. Agency inspectors […]

The Foundational Blocks of Contractor Management

Contractor management is a critical function for any organization that works with third-party contractors or suppliers. It ensures that the contractors adhere to the organization’s standards, policies, and procedures, while also safeguarding against legal and regulatory risks. However, contractor management can be a complex and time-consuming process, particularly if the organization is working with a […]

Florida Contractor Faces $464K OSHA Fine

A Tampa, Florida, framing contractor with a history of safety violations faces $464,079 in new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for 3 willful violations and 1 repeat violation, the agency announced March 28. On September 24, 2022, OSHA inspectors observed employees of Domingos 54 Construction Inc. without fall safety gear while working atop […]

Boston-Area Contractors Cited in Mezzanine Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited two project contractors after a demolition contractor lost his legs when a concrete mezzanine platform on the west wall of a building at the former Boston Edison power plant in south Boston collapsed during demolition and asbestos abatement operations. Two other workers suffered injuries, the agency announced […]

Federal Contractors Should Expect Climate Disclosure Rules to Become New Norm

A forthcoming proposed rule from the Biden administration will require contractors supplying goods and services to the federal government to disclose greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other climate-related risks. The rule follows similar requirements proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to the disclosure of climate change risks. The proposed changes to the Federal […]

Ask the Expert: Enforcing Safety Rules and Requirements With Contractors

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking about enforcing safety rules and requirements with contractors. See what the experts had to say. Q: Can we or should we enforce our safety rules/manual/requirements […]