fbpx
April 23, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


OSHA

OSHA requires mattresses bottom ladders

OSHA Mandates King-Size Mattresses Be Placed at Bottom of All Ladders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fed up with the lackadaisical response to fall hazard protection, OSHA has instituted new measures designed to further protect tradesmen working at height. As of April 1, 2021, OSHA is mandating that king-size mattresses be placed at the bottom of all ladders. “By placing mattresses at the bottom of all ladders 6 […]

Worker Misclassification

Worker Misclassification in Construction as Independent Contractors

It’s a temptation that nearly every business owner faces: classifying an employee as an independent contractor. It’s easy enough to understand why. You aren’t responsible for paying their end of Social Security and Medicare. You don’t have to pay unemployment or worker’s comp claims. Overtime and minimum wage requirements can be skirted. Until recently, worker […]

Bosch Bulldog Rotary Hammer drilling

Silica Dust Exposure Objective Test Data – the Table 1 Alternative

OSHA silica dust exposure limits have been in place since 2017. But not every organization has taken the steps necessary to meet the guidelines for silica dust protection. Every company that works with concrete, stone, or other masonry materials needs to meet OSHA requirements. But what happens when Table 1 methods don’t exist? That’s when Silica Dust […]

OSHA Silica Dust Fines Aren't Cheap

OSHA Silica Dust Fines Aren’t Cheap

We’ve been talking a lot about OSHA’s silica dust regulations over the past year or so. From the time of the first announcement to the extra 3 months of grace the industry got, it’s been a hot topic in the concrete industry. With all the money OSHA is spending on education, there’s an enforcement side […]

ladder safety tips and training guidelines

OSHA Ladder Safety Tips and Training Guidelines

Who can guess the most often cited OSHA violation in construction? If you said fall protection, you’re dead on. Scaffolding and ladders are number 2 and 3. Ladder safety falls (pun intended) under the general category of fall protection in the workplace. In addition to keeping you out of trouble with everyone’s favorite government watchdog […]

how to pass an OSHA inspection

How to Pass an OSHA Inspection

A lot of attention surrounded the OSHA fall protection requirements that went into effect back in June of 2011. Smaller contractors still aren’t clear on how to best navigate the myriad of safety precautions. Fall safety and silica dust regulations seem to be more stringently enforced by the agency these days. Really there are (at […]

Yes You DO Need to Pay Those OSHA Fines

How to Pay OSHA Fines and Why

We recalled a Dept of Labor news release that showed a judge found a New Jersey company and its president in contempt of court after failing to pay $412,000 in penalties for OSHA violations. As it turns out, you actually DO have to pay OSHA fines when they get levied against your company. Paying OSHA […]

What to do if OSHA Shows up on Your Job Site

What to Do if OSHA Shows up on Your Job Site

We’ve covered keeping OSHA away from your job site, but inspectors keep stepping up site visits and compliance efforts. This month, I want to run through some interesting tips I picked up from an OSHA compliance seminar, on what to do if OSHA shows up on your job site. Of course, this also covers what not […]

OSHA Silica Dust Permissible Exposure Limit

What is the OSHA Silica Dust Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL)?

The OSHA Silica Dust Permissible Exposure Limit (or PEL) went into effect on September 23, 2017. It gives businesses guidelines regarding permissible exposure limits for silica dust inhalation on a job site. The diminutive nature of those limits may surprise you. The Original 2016 OSHA PEL Reduction A big change occurred in 2016. OSHA updated […]