As a construction company, your employees spend their days outside, using heavy machinery and hazardous tools; your responsibility as an employer is to make sure they are working in a safe environment. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards remain pretty much the same, though there are changes to those standards from time to time.
There are plenty of free online resources available for you to keep your company up to date. OSHA Quicktakes is a free, bi-weekly magazine that offers new OSHA regulations, safety tips, injury statistics, and more, and can be found by visiting www.osha.gov/quicktakes/. Another free online resource is the OSHA Law Blog. It provides information about workplace safety developments, enforcements, and rules. You can find the blog by visiting oshalawblog.com.
COMPANY SAFETY MEETINGS
Holding company safety meetings is a good way to help stay organized and prevent any safety problems. Ask your Jacksonville construction attorney to attend to help your team go over old and new regulations to help keep safety tips fresh in everyone’s minds. Safety logs are also something to consider having. Having a written record has many benefits, including: identifying safety flaws that can be used to prevent accidents in the future, substantiating what safety measures your company uses, and being able to use the log in the event of litigation following the occurrence of an accident that results in serious injury.
UNDERGO OSHA TRAINING
Consult with your Jacksonville construction lawyer for recommendations on OSHA training programs for new and current employees. They can help you research the requirements needed and how to register for the OSHA Outreach Training Program, a 10 hour or 30 hour class on educating your employees on how to recognize, avoid, and prevent safety hazards at work.
A great resource for information on OSHA standards is the Federal Register. The Federal Register publishes OSHA regulations when they are changed. It also informs you of corrections, deletions and insertions. You can sign up for annual subscriptions to the register through the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), in Washington, D.C. You can also find a copy at your local library.
HAVE YOUR ATTORNEY AT THE READY
Having a construction attorney in Jacksonville that specializes in OSHA defense is a preemptive move for your company. Communicating with your attorney regularly will help to keep you up to date with all new and old rules and regulations. Your attorney is an excellent tool to have to prevent any citations as well. By having them come out to your facility and go through the motions of a walkthrough with your team, you will have a better idea of what to expect and how to prevent common citations.
To schedule a consultation with a Jacksonville OSHA Defense Attorney from Cotney Construction Law, please call us today at 813.579.3278 or submit our contact request form.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.