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Monday, February 06, 2012

OSHA Citing Individual Workers For Construction Safety Violations

Roofing Workers Using Fall Protection
The Examiner.com reports in its online edition that OSHA has been visiting home construction sites throughout the Houston area and issuing a large number of fines - mostly related to fall protection. The fines typically are  $3,000 fines per violation and are being given to the individual workers who are found to be working in violation of OSHA requirements.  The article reports:

"One general contractor, who works for a major new home builder in northeast Houston, said individual workers are being cited on most of the inspections.  However, he shrugged and said that if he's caught on a job site where workers are not protected, he knows a much larger fine is likely headed for the home building company that employs him."

The Greater Houston Builders Association has placed a web page online to inform builders about OSHA safety requirements.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This should get employee's attention, if they are the ones getting fined. The potential for a $3,000 personal fine should open the eyes of employees to the importance of following safety rules. It happens too often that the employer has a good safety program that their employees refuse to follow. They getaway with it and the employer pays the penalty. The person responsible should pay the penalty and employees are adults who have some responsibility for their own safety.

10:58 AM  
Blogger SteelFabCorp said...

I had not heard that OSHA could fine individuals. I always though they went after companies. I've heard complaints that OSHA should hold employees more responsible for their safety because although employers trained and required them to follow safe practices, they still may ignore that. But it's scary to be facing a $3000 fine as an individual.

11:04 AM  
Blogger OJWiBEC said...

I need work. My boss doesn't pay attention to what I do. How do I know if I'm breaking a osha law? Why should I pay if my boss doesn't tell me I need safety equipment?

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Employment Contract said...

I think it was essential for this to be checked up on. I think it was about time the workers were looked after and it was seen that their working conditions were made safer for their own benefit.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Munro's Safety Apparel said...

This kind of monitoring is essential so that construction workers follow safety protocol. If they aren't being checked in on, it's tempting to not follow all of the rules.

1:39 PM  

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