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Slope it. Shore it. Shield it.

October 18, 2018

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OSHA issued a press release announcing that it has updated the National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities.  The NEP will increase education and enforcement efforts.  The program began on October 1, 2018 with a three-month period of education and prevention outreach.  During this period, OSHA will continue to respond to complaints, referrals, hospitalizations, and fatalities.  OSHA-approved State Plans are expected to have enforcement procedures that are at least as effective as those in this NEP.

OSHA has a number of compliance assistance materials to help, including:

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Electronic Submission of Injury & Illness Records to OSHA

June 20, 2018

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) deadline for submitting 2017 OSHA Form 300A data is July 1, 2018, for establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries. The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) is accessible from the ITA launch page, where you are able to provide your 2017 OSHA Form 300A information. Establishments with 250 or more are only required to provide their completed 2017 Form 300A summary data. OSHA is not accepting Form 300 and 301 information at this time.

(According to the OSHA website, OSHA announced it will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” final rule, including the collection of the Forms 300/301 data. The Agency is currently drafting that NPRM and will seek comment on those provisions.)

Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.

See answers to more frequently asked questions on the rule.

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June is National Safety Month

June 6, 2018

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Did you know that injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 40? Poisonings are the number 1 cause of unintentional death in America. This statistic is driven by drug overdose predominantly from prescription pain killers. The National Safety Council, in conjunction with an independent research group, has designed a Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers. This tool can be used to find information regarding the cost of substance abuse on the workplace and to provide guidance on taking action:

https://www.nsc.org/forms/substance-use-employer-calculator

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OSHA Reporting Deadline – Update

December 19, 2017

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You may recall our recent blog post on OSHA’s new online reporting requirements. Last Friday, December 15th, had been the cut-off date for submitting your information. On Monday December 18th OSHA issued a press release indicating they would continue to accept electronic reporting of the mandatory information until midnight on December 31, 2017. OSHA will not take action against employers who submit their logs between now and the 31st. However, effective January 1, 2018 you will no longer be able to submit your 2016 data.

Working with various clients over the past few days, a few questions consistently came up among several:

What is an establishment?
For recordkeeping purposes OSHA defines an establishment as “a single physical location where business is conducted or where services or industrial operations are performed” for one year or longer. For online recording, this establishment is also required to exceed 20 employees at some point in the reporting year. You will need to report your required information for EACH INDIVIUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

If the establishment is fewer than 20 employees AT ALL TIMES during the year, do I need to submit my information online?
No. However, you continue to keep a log for any facility that is in operations for longer than 1 year.

What if I am part of a state OSHA program?
To further complicate matters, OSHA approved state plans have not yet adopted the requirements. It is our understanding the state plans will adopt the requirements within 6 months of publication of the final rule.

Where do I create an account and submit my data?
On the Injury Tracking Application Page.

As always, if you have any questions regarding this information please reach out to the J.W. Terrill Loss Control department at losscontrol@jwterrill.com.

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OSHA Delays Deadline for Crane Operator Certification

November 13, 2017

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OSHA announced they are delaying the deadline for employers’ to ensure that crane operators are certified to operate cranes.  The deadline for the certification of operators has been postponed by one year until November 10, 2018. You can find all the details here.

Contact the J.W. Terrill loss control department at losscontrol@jwterrill.com with any questions or concerns.

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NSC State-by-State Report

July 14, 2017

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The National Safety Council (NSC) is conducting a year-long project that rates each state within the U.S. on how well they prevent work-related injuries. This project called “The State of Safety: A State-by-State Report,” shows the strengths and weaknesses of 3 aspects of each state: road safety, home and community safety, and workplace safety. NSC tracked the specific programs, policies, and practices that can impact safety within each state, and scaled them from 1-5 on the level of effectiveness that these programs have. These were then converted to a percentage, and a grade was given to each state based on these percentages – similar to how schools and universities grade their students.

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​B ​C ​D ​F
​No state received an overall “A” grade. Maryland Illinois Washington, D.C. Maine Oregon Connecticut California Washington Hawaii Louisiana Kentucky New Jersey Minnesota North Carolina Massachusetts Delaware New Mexico Rhode Island Indiana Colorado Tennessee West Virginia New York Michigan Vermont ​Texas Pennsylvania Wisconsin Virginia Utah North Dakota Alabama Nevada Georgia New Hampshire Nebraska Alaska Ohio Iowa Florida

Kansas Oklahoma Arkansas Arizona South Carolina South Dakota Montana Wyoming Mississippi Idaho Missouri

 From this grading project, the NSC has concluded that 0 states earned an “A” for safety, 8 states earned a “B”, 18 states were given a “C” rating, 15 states were given a “D” rating, and 11 states earned an “F”. Missouri was included in the states that were given an “F” for preventing accidents and injuries. From this grading report, it is obvious that a change is needed for the safety culture of many states, including Missouri. Click on a state above to view its grading report.

According to the NSC, fatalities from poisonings, motor vehicle crashes, falls, drowning, choking, and fires have increased 7% since 2014. More than 140,000 lives are lost in the U.S. each year due to these threatening incidents. To show how much each state can reduce the amount of fatalities in these categories, the NSC created the State-by-State report. The NSC believes that this grading report will give states an incentive to begin implementing programs and policies that protects citizens from injuries. The goal is to have every state achieve an “A” grading, which will then lower fatalities and improve the wellness of families throughout the entire nation.

 

Information contributed by John McGoon, the 2017 Loss Control Intern for J.W. Terrill. John is currently studying at The University of Central Missouri and is spending his 2nd summer at J.W. Terrill learning about the safety services that are provided by the Loss Control Department.

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OSHA Further Extends Anti-Retaliation Provisions

October 27, 2016

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OSHA_logoOSHA has announced that it will again delay enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its injury and illness tracking rule until December 1, 2016.  This extended deadline is in response to a request from a federal judge in the Northern District of Texas who is presiding over the legal challenge of the new rule.

Employers now have until December 1, 2016 to comply with OSHA’s anti-retaliation provisions, which require employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation; to implement reasonable procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that do not discourage employees from reporting work-related injuries or illnesses and prohibit employers from retaliating or discriminating against employees for reporting injuries and illnesses.

For more information you can view OSHA’s notice.

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