Highly publicized accidents during 2015 increased visibility and raised scrutiny by Federal OSHA and the 26 State OSHA Plans, based on alarming newspaper and internet headlines.
Examples are hospitalization of a vacationing family in St. Johns - the Virgin Islands to a chemical methyl bromide fumigant, and the fatal electrocution of a worker in Texas when an aluminum ladder he was carrying vertically which touched an overhead power line and killed him instantly. There were also many reports trench cave-ins and workers hitting buried power lines with backhoes or drilling holes in concrete. A recent report of workplace violence in Kansas and other States also raises serious questions about random violent assaults which can threaten employees at work.
We expect Federal OSHA and the 26 current State Plans to increase workplace inspections in 2016.
OSHA ENFORCEMENT FINES WILL INCREASE
Beginning in January 1, 2016, new OSHA require employers to report workplace fatalities within 8 hours and all amputations, eye inoculations, and even single employee work-related hospital admission for treatment to OSHA within 24 hours. OSHA expects this will result in 100,000 new inquiries a year including ~35,000 additional on-site Safety & Health site inspections. In addition, OSHA will increase maximum fine levels about 80% in August 2016
Fortunately, National Safety Council reports each $1 properly invested in safety yields an average $6 return on your investment.
If your company Workers' Compensation Employee Modification Factor [EMF] is above 1.0 your costs are higher than average for your industry -- and it represents a competitive disadvantage for you in the marketplace. Government entities, and many major general contractors, commercial and industrial customers carefully monitor vendor EMF rates and review the effectiveness of their written safety programs before approving them to bid on major contracts.
SAFETY: THE RIGHT THING TO DO
Whether your company is large, or is smaller with relatives, and friends personally servicing your customers, the most significant reason to enhance your company Risk Management & Safety Program is to reduce profit-draining employee injuries and related negative publicity.
We all know Safety is the right thing to do ... and well-trained, experienced employees are still your most valuable asset.
Safety Resource Associates [SRA] specializes in ROI-Based Safety for small to medium sized companies in all industry groups. Ed Boulanger can be reached at 804-310-6396 email email@example.com, or their Website at safetyresourceassociates.com/