Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) is OSHA’s most frequently cited standard for fiscal year 2019. This marks the ninth consecutive year it has stood atop the agency’s “Top 10” list.
Speaking in September at the National Safety Council 2019 Congress & Expo in San Diego, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, talked about another thing that hasn’t changed: The agency’s willingness to assist employers with curbing violations involving fall protection and other standards.
“These are common violations that we’re finding – they’ve been in place for a lot of years,” Kapust said. “The answers are out there, and employers shouldn’t feel like these are very complex issues. If you don’t know the answers, we encourage you to contact OSHA.”
Cannabis worker safety
As jobs in the legal cannabis industry increase, so does the need for injury prevention training.
Although it’s considered an illicit substance at the federal level, cannabis is legal for recreational and/or medicinal use in 34 states and the District of Columbia.
Achieving and sustaining an injury-free workplace demands strong leadership. In this monthly column, experts from global consulting firm DEKRA OSR share their point of view on what leaders need to know to guide their organizations to safety excellence.
Is your company making a mistake by focusing on serious injury and fatality reduction? You might be surprised to hear us say, “Maybe.” Let us explain.
Periodically, we get calls from clients who have implemented a SIF prevention initiative and aren’t seeing the results they expected. In some cases, they experience worsening safety performance, including having more serious injuries.