OSHA’s Hot List For Inspections Released

OSHA’s Hot List For Inspections Released

About this time each year, OSHA releases a list of those facilities subject to an OSHA “head to toe” inspection because of their rate for severe injuries.  This year’s list of 15,000 facilities looking forward to an OSHA inspection is out with a new concern:  the costs of violations could skyrocket with some of the “New OSHA” policies.

A newsletter written by McDermott, Will and Emery outlines possible actions that can be taken if your facility has made OSHA’s list.

For those facilities not on the list, don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. OSHA also has special emphasis programs out for inspection of chemical plants and construction sites receiving Recovery Act funding. Based upon the possibility of a compliance inspection, this year may be the year to actually use the OSHA consultation services rather than risk fines that can rise exponentially when they are multiplied by headcount.

Columbus McKinnon can help you provide a safer workplace for your employees and prepare for OSHA inspections.  We provide training on a variety of material handling topics, including hoist inspections and proper rigging techniques.

Our Customer Service departments can help you find the lifting tools to reduce the possibility of future ergonomic injuries.

This post was written by Peg Simons, former Corporate Health & Safety Manager for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

 

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4 Replies to “OSHA’s Hot List For Inspections Released”

  1. If users follow the inspection and maintenance instructions in their hoist manuals they will have cranes that are not only safe, but also compliant with OSHA. OSHA’s outlined requirements are a just a minimum. The hoist manufacturers requirements are the standard for safe use.

  2. Thank you for your comment. I agree that setting up or re-emphasizing inspection programs are an important part of preparing and being ready for an OSHA inspection. It also allows crane and hoist users to detect problems when they are just beginning to develop, instead of waiting until the system has completely failed. Makes sense from an operational as well as a safety perspective!

    Peg

  3. Great article Peg! Many of our customers use our Field ID inspection and safety compliance management system for the sole purpose of preparing and being ready for an OSHA inspection. I’ve definitely noticed more and more news articles in regards to companies facing huge fines.

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