BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR PROPOSAL.

Many times the enthusiasm of contractors intent on impressing project owners or contractors is expressed in proposals that contain statements like: • “Our scheduling program will eliminate schedule coordination problems.” • “Our dedicated project team will reduce cost and optimize schedule.” • “Our attention to detail minimizes program costs.” • “We are best at managing […]

CRANE OPERATOR RE-QUALIFICATION NOT REQUIRED BY OSHA

In an interpretation letter released January 21, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined that while crane operators must pass a practical examination to operate cranes, they do not have to be re-qualified under current federal standards. Current federal standards require crane operators to meet the requirements prescribed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) […]

FALSIFYING SAFETY REPORTS DOES NOT PAY

A Tennessee Valley Authority contractor recently agreed to pay $6.2 million to settle charges it falsified safety records and failed to maintain required safety logs. The contractor’s actions (or lack of action) was apparently driven by its effort to earn safety related performance-based fees under its $1 billion contract with the TVA. In addition to […]

TOUGHER INSPECTIONS, HIGHER FINES EXPECTED IN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

Labor and business sources familiar with OSHA have predicted tougher OSHA inspections and higher fines under President-elect Obama. Cooperative programs have historically been less of an interest to Democratic administrations than enforcement. Accordingly, OSHA is widely expected to step back from its recent emphasis on voluntary worker protection in favor of stiffer enforcement and penalties. […]

OSHA PUBLISHES FINAL PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT RULE

Under the recently published Personal Protective Equipment Rule, OSHA will require employers to provide personal protective equipment to every covered employee and provides that the employer can be cited for noncompliance on a per-employee basis. The rule amends OSHA regulatory language so as to make it unmistakably clear that each covered employee is required to […]

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