Avetta Industry Watch – Week of October 17

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Avetta in the News

  • The Film Deepwater Horizon Draws Attention to Contractor Risk – My Purchasing Center: With the recent release of the film Deepwater Horizon, attention has been drawn to occupational safety and environmental risks of the industrial world. Jared Smith, Co-Founder of Avetta, discusses how companies are looking to prevent disasters through contractor vetting and pre-qualification.

Industry News

  • OSHA Fact Sheet Focuses on Root Cause Analysis as Part of Incident Investigation – Safety + Health Magazine: In partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), OSHA recently released a new fact sheet that urges employers to conduct a root cause analysis following any incident that results in injury. It also stresses the importance of identifying exactly how and why the incident happened, in order to prevent the reoccurrence of similar incidents in the future.
  • Tackling Procurement Challenges in the Supply Chain – Supply & Demand Chain Executive: Identifying and resolving supplier risks within a supply chain is an ever present and malleable task for those working in procurement. It’s wise to brush up on common challenges so your business can best determine how they can be addressed quickly and efficiently.
  • OSHA Announces Top 10 Most Cited Violations Of 2016 – Manufacturing Business Technology: At the 2016 National Safety Council Congress and Expo, OSHA announced that for the sixth year in a row, fall protection is the most frequently cited OSHA standard. Other frequently cited violations include hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection.

Supplier Violations and Fines

  • Disregard for OSHA Proves a Poor Choice for Plumbing Contractor – Safety BLR: OSHA is making an example of a Chicago plumbing company after witnessing the contractor exposing employees to safety hazards just one day after being issued violations. This incident reiterates how seriously contractors should be taking their workers’ safety every day.
  • Robbinsville Worksite with ‘Serious Hazards’ Yields $105K Fine – The Trentonian: A Robbinsville-based contractor is being fined over $105,000 by OSHA for exposing carpentry employees to fall hazards that could have resulted in injuries or death. “In addition, the company employees had not received fall hazard recognition and minimization training, at any time, from the company,” Director of OSHA’s Marlton Area Office said. 

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