Two calls today from contractors hit by OSHA inspectors on Fall Protection violations in Massachusetts.
Contractor doing roofing and siding project visited by OSHA inspector. Roofing sub contractor nailed for not tieing off while working on the roof. Subcontractor to be fined and general is awaiting information on the amount of his penalty.
Contractor renovating second floor of house not using fall protection. OSHA inspector says fine will be 8,000.00 unless; get all your guys trained on fall protection within two weeks and we will reduce the fine to $3800.00. If you don't pay the $8000.00.
Both contractors told us they were unaware of the recent fall protection directive which mandates that any residential contractor working 6 feet above a lower level must use fall protection measures which include; 1. Fall arrest systems 2. Guard rails or 3. Safety nets. Also the contractor must have a written fall protection safety plan in place and his employees and sub contractors must be effectively trained.
Both contractors have scheduled their fall protection training.
OSHA Fall Protection Training For Residential Construction Workers for compliance with 1926.501 (b) (13)
The new OSHA directive calls for all residential construction employers to comply with 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1926.501(b)(13). The new phase in compliance date is 9/15/2011. We have numerous trainings set up to help contractors avoid having a bad day when OSHA shows up on your site.
The Contractor Coaching Partnership has teamed with Safety Trainers Inc to help contractors comply with this recent government regulation.
If you do not see a training near you call me and I can work with you to bring the training to your area.
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