Avetta Industry Watch – Week of November 7

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Industry News

  • OSHA Focuses on Amputation Hazards in Region 6 – Safety BLR: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas are now the center of OSHA’s new safety focus on amputation hazards. With this focus comes stricter enforcement of regulations and a continued emphasis on holding employers responsible in the hopes of reducing the frequency of worker amputations. Increased and immediate inspections are taking place now.
  • OSHA Issues New Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs – The National Law Review: After 30 years, OSHA has issued updates to its Safety and Health Program guidelines. One of the updates includes an audit tool that covers seven key sections designed to help with compliance. Overall, the updates aim to address economic, workplace, and health and safety changes.
  • Report: Supply Chain Risk Edges Toward Record Level – A recent study has concluded that the risk of a global supply chain continues to grow. This increasingly widespread global risk factor can be attributed to many political factors, including Britex, open warfare and oil prices. The study also determined that the risk of U.S. based supply chains remains the same.
  • 10 Steps to Mitigating Drone Risks on Construction Sites – Property Casualty 360: As technology drives forward, drones are becoming a more realistic addition to the modern supply chain. Of note, it’s important to acknowledge the affiliated risks, and train all involved parties on how to mitigate any dangers the practice may introduce.

Supplier Violations and Fines

  • Arkansas Company Fined Nearly $125K for Repeat Workplace Hazards – Insurance Journal: Following a workplace injury, OSHA launched an investigation on an Arkansas steel company, which led to over $120,000 in proposed fines. These violations were repeat offenses following original issued penalties in 2015.
  • OSHA fines SD contractor, refinery $100K in fatal burn incident – Construction DIVE: Following a serious incident that took place in May, OSHA issued five safety violations to a South Dakota refinery, totaling $62,355. The construction company contracted to work on-site was also fined over $30,000 following the incident investigation. Violations included failure to provide employees with flame-retardant apparel, and failure to communicate ethanol-related hazards to contractors. 

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