Tag: Fall Protection

EHSDA Song of the Week: Falling Forward

Protecting workers from fall hazards should be a priority of any business. This week, EHS Daily Advisor provided some tips and advice about developing your fall protection program. Tying in with that, the Song of the Week is “Falling Forward,” a punchy song from the band Sweeping Promises. The song is on Hunger for a […]

The Science of Falling: How Gravity Shapes Fall Protection

Gravity, a force we often take for granted, binds our world together. It ensures that our feet stay planted firmly on the ground, gently pulls rain from the clouds, and keeps our planet in orbit. But for workers operating at great heights, gravity has another side. Imagine standing atop a towering telecom structure; a simple […]

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 […]

Faces of EHS: John McHugh on Leading from the Heart

John McHugh’s journey began over three decades ago in the construction industry, where he was immersed in the world of constructing scenery for the Hollywood film industry. Throughout his career, he contributed to the production of numerous feature films, including The Fugitive, Home Alone 1, 2, and 3, as well as U.S. Marshals, among many […]

Houston Builder Facing $266K in OSHA Fines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced August 2 that a Houston steel erection company is facing $266,416 in proposed penalties for fall protection violations. Sonny Steel Erectors Inc. has a history of serious and repeat violations dating back more than a decade, according to the agency. However, the employer again failed to correct […]

OSHA’s Latest Enforcement Push: Fall Protection

This month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled its latest enhanced program of safety outreach and enforcement: a National Emphasis Program (NEP) for falls from height across all industries. Is your industry a focus for OSHA enforcement? Are you ready if it is? Construction sites are at risk for falls. Besides construction, however, […]

Fall Protection and Prevention Resources for 2023

This week is OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which is a voluntary event for employers to discuss fall hazards and prevention directly with their employees. OSHA recognizes that fatalities caused by falls from elevation are the leading cause of death for construction employees, and that those deaths are preventable. Here’s what […]

Oregon OSHA Issues $144,000 in Fall Protection Fines

On September 22, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) announced fines totaling more than $144,000 issued to 2 contractors for violations, including repeat offenses, of state fall protection rules at worksites in Salem and Woodburn. The violations put multiple workers at risk of serious injury or death from falls to lower levels, […]

Fall Protection Remains OSHA’s Top-Cited Standard

The construction industry fall protection standard remains the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most frequently cited standard for the 12th year in a row, the agency announced on September 20. Patrick Kapust, acting director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented a list of preliminary figures for fiscal year (FY) 2022—the fiscal year ends September […]

EHS Now: Day 2 Preview

EHS Now’s exclusive online summit is taking place on September 14-15, 2022. Join us for this free virtual event catered to EHS professionals looking to develop and refine their skills on a variety of topics, including management strategies, environmental compliance, psychological safety, hand safety, fall protection, and more. Here’s a look at Day 2. Thursday, […]