Avetta Industry Watch – Week of September 26

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Industry News

  • Accidents Happen—Here’s How to Recognize Critical Incident Stress – Safety BLR: Workers who have witnessed a serious accident in the workplace, possibly even the death of a coworker, may be left with feelings of trauma. Critical stress management can have a serious impact on the mental health of your employees after any such incident. Be sure to watch for physical, emotional, cognitive and/or behavioral-related symptoms in yourself and others affected by the incident. 
  • National Safe Work Month – Safe Work Australia: Of note, October is National Safe Work Month in Australia. Aimed to improve awareness of work health and safety, NSWM encourages a healthy discussion around safety at work. Want to get involved? More details can be found here.  
  • How Supply Chain Management Affects a Company’s Risk Management Strategy – Logistics Magazine: Taking preventative steps today can help your business avoid disruption during supply chain troubles in the future. This starts with preparing and developing a plan. You then need to understand and predict the potential risks your supply chain may face. Inevitably, when the day comes that your company experiences a disruption, put your plans into action and manage the crisis efficiently and effectively.

Supplier Violations and Fines

  • MA Contractor Facing $120K OSHA Fine After Trench Cave-In Construction DIVE: A Massachusetts contactor is facing $120,000 in fines after the collapse of a 12-foot-deep trench. The contractor was previously fined nearly $200,000 after being issued one willful and three serious violations due to not providing adequate trench protection. Although this particular case was not fatal, this incident could have taken a turn for the worst.
  • Big Fine Issued in Washington State Forklift Case – Occupational Health & Safety: The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has issued $117,740 in fines to a Westport-based processing plant. Many of the violations related to forklift safety, such as inadequate forklift inspections and failure to fix reported defects.

How is your organization handling it?

We're taking steps internally to ensure we can support you during this crisis by:

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Maintain a current Business Continuity Plan

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Promote a safe, clean and sanitized work environment

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Enable employees to work remotely

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Institute Office Distancing policies

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No visitors to the office

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Encourage employees to self-educate using online resources (WHO)

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Restrict travel—all non-essential travel is forbidden

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