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The Cost of OSHA Financial Penalties

financial penalties OSHASafety for it’s own sake should be a strong enough reason for safety compliance. But sometimes taking a look at the many financial penalties OSHA can assess also helps. Here are just a few:

  • Serious violation: A violation with substantial probability of death or serious physical harm: $1,500 to $7,000.
  • Willful violation: $5,000 to $70,000. Some of these fines can multiply rapidly. For example, if OSHA finds that violations are “egregious,” they can apply a penalty to every violation found or every employee exposed to the hazard.
  • Willful death conviction: Conviction in court of willful violation leading to death of employee: $250,000 for individuals; $500,000 for corporations, plus six months imprisonment.
  • Failure to correct a prior violation: $7,000 for every day past the abatement deadline.

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How to Manage Confined Space Hazards

confined spaceGenerally, a confined space is defined as a space not designed for workers, yet workers occasionally need to enter the space to do their job.

Confined spaces typically have limited means to enter and exit. They also often come with additional hazardous conditions, such as poor air quality, chemical exposure, fire hazards, noise, moving parts, entanglement hazards, radiation, temperature extremes, shifting material and uncontrolled electrical energy.

Most industries have confined spaces in the workplace, such as boilers, pits, wells, tanks, towers, large pipes, bins, silos, mixers, dryers, vaults. (For a more complete list, see the U.S. Department of Labor’s confined space list.)

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Fall Prevention and Construction’s “Fatal Four”

fall preventionFall prevention is a big part of safety, especially when it comes to construction. According to OSHA statistics, the top four leading causes of construction death in 2012 were falls, struck by object, electrocution and caught-in/between. The “fatal four” account for three out of every five construction worker deaths. Falls alone were responsible for 278 out of a total 775 deaths in construction in 2012.

What can be done to help prevent deaths by the fatal four and falls in particular? It comes down to plan, provide and train.

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