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L&I released its list of the Top 10 Violations in 2018 for construction jobsites. With inspectors visiting construction jobsites more than 13,000 times last year alone, it pays to take a few minutes and think about how your company measures up in the following areas:
Violations for any of these areas generally result in mandatory, minimum fines of $1,000 to $7,000 each. (First aid training and certification is also frequently cited, but does not come with financial penalties.) The fines quickly multiply based on the severity of the violation — the likelihood that a worker would be injured — or in cases of a willful or repeat violation.
For example, let’s say you have an employee working 30 feet in the air, with little documented training, and using improper fall protection. That fine would be $7,000. If your company gets cited five more times within three years, your next fine will be $105,000 for that occurrence.
The bottom line is that it’s not unusual to see fines in the tens of thousands of dollars, with several each year costing $100,000 or more. An ineffective safety program can put your company our of business.
While there are ten frequently cited violations, Approach safety manager Holly Markee says three focal points can help your company to protect itself and its employees from safety violations and potential accidents:
With this mindset in place, says Holly, “Your company is going beyond just reading the manual for ten minutes and signing a form. You’re building a safety culture with clear expectations because, at the end of the day, all citations are preventable and it all starts with training and accountability.”
When it comes to getting a safety program up and running, start with the basics:
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