Recently one of my good friends had an incident with OSHA that I need to pass on to you. If you are not familiar with the OSHA requirements; you need to get familiar because it could cost you a lot of money in penalties.
Getting back to my buddy; he is an electrical subcontractor and his company is involved in a major renovation of a historical building. During the project they had a worker that just wasn’t doing his job correctly. Long story made short; the company had to let him go. The employee was disgruntled caused a scene and left in a huff!
He later said that the site was unsafe and proceeded to call OSHA. As a result an OSHA inspector went unannounced to the job site to check out the work conditions. Luckily, my buddy goes to great lengths to protect his workers and the OSHA inspector found there were no workplace violations at the site.
Later that day the inspector made a visit to the company office and asked to see the OSHA Log. He wanted to make sure everything was up to date and in order. DUH!! My bud didn’t know that he needed to have the Log posted.
Luckily; my buddy got off with a warning! You need to make sure you are in compliance with the government requirements; you may not be so lucky!
Did You Know?
article from the “safetydirectorsscut.com
“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited the Lowe’s Home Centers Inc. regional distribution center in Rockford, Illinois with $182,000 in penalties for failure to document and report employee injuries and illnesses, as required by OSHA safety and health regulations
Did you also know that the OSHA 300 Log must be certified as accurate by a company executive? Did you know that most safety managers, supervisors, directors, and/or coordinators do NOT qualify as an executive?
According to the OSHA, The company executive who certifies the log must be one of the following persons:
- An owner of the company (only if the company is a sole proprietorship or partnership);
- An officer of the corporation;
- The highest ranking company official working at the establishment; or the immediate supervisor of the highest ranking company official working at the establishment.”
To read the complete article you need to click here.
If your company has more than one establishment or site, you must keep separate records for each physical location that is expected to remain in operation for one year or longer
You must record information about every work-related death and about every work-related injury or illness that involves loss of consciousness, restricted work activity or job transfer, days away from work, or medical treatment beyond first aid. You must also record significant work-related injuries and illnesses that are diagnosed by a physician or licensed health care professional. You must also record work-related injuries and illnesses that meet any of the specific recording criteria listed in 29 CFR Part 1904.8 through 1904.12. Feel free to use two lines for a single case if you need to. You must complete an Injury and Illness Incident Report (OSHA Form 301) or equivalent form for each injury or illness recorded on this form. If you’re not sure whether a case is recordable, call your local OSHA office for help.
You don’t post the Log. You post only the Summary at the end of the year.
I strongly advise you to take the time to read the OSHA requirements and get your company in compliance with the regulations.
There is a download for you regarding the report that you can see if you click here.