Free OSHA Fall Protection Training

The Fall Training below is filling up fast but we still have openings.  This is a great opportunity to have you and your employees receive free training on fall protection.  The intent of fall protection is to save lives and prevent injuries.

Many workers are killed each year from falls off of roofs. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable.

Prevent the needless suffering of workers, their families and coworkers—be sure all employees are using fall protection.  We are here to help you sort out the requirements and protect your workers.

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Free OSHA Fall Protection Training

The Fall Training below is filling up fast but we still have openings.  This is a great opportunity to have you and your employees receive free training on fall protection.  The intent of fall protection is to save lives and prevent injuries.

Many workers are killed each year from falls off of roofs. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable.

Prevent the needless suffering of workers, their families and coworkers—be sure all employees are using fall protection.  We are here to help you sort out the requirements and protect your workers.

Fall Protection in Residential Construction-Dec-Sept 2017 B

OSHA Inspections Down in 2016

Given the increasing focus on safety, you would expect OSHA had a busy year.  However, continuing an ongoing trend, OSHA inspections dropped to the lowest level in 20 years.  This marks the 4th consecutive year that inspections have fallen.

In the Northeast, inspections of construction contractors have fallen by more than 30% over the last 5 years from about 6,800 to about 4,700 total.

Osha Inspections

The graph above illustrates the Northeast average compared to the average with its three biggest states. These declines in the Northeast make up about a third of the overall decrease in construction inspections nationwide.

The OSHA budget peaked in 2012, but was down by about 3% in 2016. OSHA has cited budget cuts as causing the decrease in inspections. However they have found citations 5% more often than in 2015. In addition, appeals of OSHA citations were roughly equivalent in 2015 and 2016 at around 9%. BTEA recommends our members always work with our legal safety consultant before settling a case with OSHA.

OSHA 30 Training – Friday & Saturday (March 10, 11, & 24, 25)

The Winter OSHA 30 Course will be held from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Friday & Saturday (March 10, 11 & 24, 25).

You must attend every session in order to receive OSHA 30 certification.

We have reserved a room at the Hyatt Place in Braintree by the South Shore Plaza.

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OSHA 30 Training – Friday & Saturday (March 10, 11, & 24, 25)

The Winter OSHA 30 Course will be held from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Friday & Saturday (March 10, 11 & 24, 25).

You must attend every session in order to receive OSHA 30 certification.

We have reserved a room at the Hyatt Place in Braintree by the South Shore Plaza.

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New Secretary of Labor

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Donald Trump has selected Andy Puzder to serve as his Secretary of Labor.  The CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. which owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s is an interesting selection by Trump who had toyed with appointing Victoria Lipnic, the current head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and a former Workforce Policy Counsel to the House.

Puzder is an interesting man, he attended Kent State, but dropped out in 1970 following the Kent State Shootings.  In his own words, “I spent the next three years attending concerts and marching on Washington”. After moving to Cleveland he graduated college and got his law degree.  As a young corporate lawyer he helped rescue Carl Karcher, founder of Carl’s Jr. from financial troubles. Years later, when CKE Restaurants fell into more financial difficulties after purchasing Hardee’s, Puzder was named CEO by the Board and tasked with turning it around.

Mr. Puzder has not been without controversy during his tenure. Franchisees overseen by CKE have been targeted by DOL in the past. Hardee’s Food Systems was found in violation of wage laws and ordered to give back pay to a group of 456 workers in 2006 and 2007. This money was owed for overtime on hourly employees. It is perhaps unsurprising then that Puzder has signaled that he opposes the Obama Overtime Rule which has already been blocked by the courts, and is most likely dead on arrival in a Trump Administration.

In addition, advocates calling for an increase in the Federal Minimum Wage will find Puzder opposes large raises of the minimum wage. $15 per hour will be out of the question because Pudzer opposed the Obama Administration attempt to raise it to $10.10 from the current $7.25.  When asked about the effect of raising the minimum wage, Mr. Puzder said it could lead to increased automation because machines are, “always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall or an age, sex or race discrimination case.”

The effect of a business executive running the labor department will be interesting to watch. Like Mr. Puzder, the Secretary of Labor has traditionally been a loyal supporter of the president, but unlike Mr. Puzder, most former Secretaries of Labor were career bureaucrats not as well versed in the corporate and financial worlds.

OSHA 30 Training – Friday & Saturday (November 4, 5 & 18, 19)

The November OSHA 30 Course will be held from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Friday & Saturday (Sept. 4, 5 & 18, 19).

You must attend every session in order to receive OSHA 30 certification.

We have reserved a room at the Hyatt Place in Braintree by the South Shore Plaza.

OSHA 30 Sign-UP
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OSHA 30 Training – Friday & Saturday (November 4, 5 & 18, 19)

The November OSHA 30 Course will be held from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Friday & Saturday (Sept. 4, 5 & 18, 19).

You must attend every session in order to receive OSHA 30 certification.

We have reserved a room at the Hyatt Place in Braintree by the South Shore Plaza.

OSHA 30 Sign-UP
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New Silica Regulations Being Challenged

We have presented at length the new Silica Regulations released on March 25, 2016. Although the rule is scheduled to take effect on June 23rd, 2017 it is currently being challenged in the US Court of Appeals.  The consolidated case features various challenges from both labor and employers and is currently awaiting a decision from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

Among the employers filing challenges were the American Foundry Society; the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association; and the National Association of Home Builders. From labor groups, statements were filed by the AFL-CIO and North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU).

All the employers asked for judgement on OSHA’s justification to set the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for silica at 50 micrograms, and whether complying with the PEL is technologically and economically feasible.  They also want judgement on OSHA’s preference for reducing silica exposure through engineering controls, such as wet cutting and indoor filter systems instead of workers using respiratory protection.

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The unions focused on requirements for when employers must offer silica exposure testing to workers and the rule not including a “medical removal” provision that would provide some job and pay protection for workers who can’t be exposed to workplace silica.

Currently compliance requirements are not until June 23, 2017.  However this could be moved back depending on the time it takes for the court to rule on these issues.