Slips and Falls

July 30, 2013

Slips, trips and falls- here are some facts to help you with training for your team.

We are currently working on our analysis of the 2013 Spring Regulatory Agenda which includes an item “Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips Trips and Fall Protection)” shown as Final Rule  due for November 2013.

PMPA members will receive a report on each of the agenda items applicable to our industry.

Hope you find  this background information helpful in your training.
The Cost of Slip-and-Fall Accidents Infographic
Via: BOLT Insurance

Infographic produced by Infographicworld

Severe Violator Enforcement Program

July 7, 2010

 The Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) directive became effective on June 18.

"Do as I say, not as I do?"

(You wouldn’t know it from the OSHA website, they didn’t  provide either a date or directive number on their “directive.”  But negligence on their part on paperwork isn’t the crime that it is when employers make a paperwork omission…)

According to the  unnumbered, undated Directive posted on the website,   “This new directive establishes procedures and enforcement actions, including mandatory follow-up inspections and inspections of other worksites of the same company where similar hazards or deficiencies may be present. It replaces OSHA’s Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP).”

“This Instruction establishes enforcement policies and procedures for OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), which concentrates resources on inspecting employers who have demonstrated indifference to their OSH Act obligations by committing willful, repeated, or failure-to-abate violations. Enforcement actions for severe violator cases include mandatory follow-up inspections, increased company/corporate awareness of OSHA enforcement, corporate-wide agreements, where appropriate, enhanced settlement provisions, and federal court enforcement under Section 11(b) of the OSH Act.”

What can trigger SVEP Status?

 Willful, repeated or failure-to-abate violations in one or more of the following circumstances:

A fatality or catastrophe situation
• Industry operations or processes that expose workers to severe occupational hazards
• Workers exposed to hazards related to the potential releases of highly hazardous chemicals
• Egregious enforcement actions

For our industry,  Falls (General Industry) and Amputations appear to be the primary categories  for awareness.

Here are the appropriate references for Fall Hazards, General Industry:

29 CFR §1910.23 – Guarding floor and wall openings and holes [Walking-Working Surfaces]

29 CFR §1910.28 – Safety requirements for scaffolding [Walking- Working Surfaces]

29 CFR §1910.29 – Manually propelled mobile ladder stands and scaffolds (towers) [Walking-Working Surfaces]

29 CFR §1910.66 – Powered platforms for building maintenance [Powered Platforms, Manlifts, and Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms]

29 CFR §1910.67 – Vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating work platforms [Powered Platforms, Manlifts, and Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms]

29 CFR §1910.68 – Manlifts [Powered Platforms, Manlifts, and Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms]

For Amputations Information see this link: Amputations

And don’t expect any slack for paperwork omissions, like say, omitting a  directive control number or date on a record…