Monday was an interesting day. Three contractors called me for some advice on; being cited and fined by OSHA, a revoked HIC registration from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and a Mass RRP Department of Labor Standards violation. Two shared some bad news about getting fined and said they don't have the money in their budget to pay them. The third is thinking from what he was told by a board of health inspector he will likely be cited and fined.
- One contractor got whacked for a $12,000 OSHA fine for fall protection and asbestos exposure violations.
- One contractor is going to be fined for violating the home improvement law. He had his registration revoked preventing him from legally working on home improvement projects in Massachusetts.
- One contractor was told he is in violation of the RRP law, was told to stop work, and the board of health wrote up a report to send of to the Mass RRP police (DLS).
- Two said they will do what they need to do because they definitely do not have it in their budget to handle fines now and they cannot afford to deal with this again.
- One said he has been meaning to get the guys trained on fall protection and put together a safety program but he is so busy he can't find the time. He said now he has the incentive (fine) to train and properly protect is men.
- One said he is seriously thinking about adding OSHA and RRP fines to his yearly budget. He thinks he is likely to get fined again so why not just put OSHA and RRP fines into the budget! He said RRP training is a joke and the men won't listen to him. His conclusion; give up on his men and pay the fines!