Tag: Fall Protection

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, […]

OSHA Issues Six-Figure Fines for Fall Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a pair of six-figure penalties issued to two employers for fall violations, including citations for a fatal fall. On June 21, the agency revealed it cited a Strasburg, Pennsylvania, framing contractor for two willful and five serious violations, exposing workers to falls as high as 14 feet while […]

Ask the Expert: Guardrails for Fall Protection

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 guardrails for fall protection at a loading dock. See what the experts had to say.  Q: Loading docks in our California warehouse are equipped with […]

Back to Basics: Fall Prevention in Construction

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine OSHA’s standards for fall protection and prevention in construction. This week (May 2-6) is the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which is a voluntary event that encourages employers […]