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OSHA Has Whistleblowers Backs

July 8, 2010 Leave a comment

The Whistleblowers protection program 

The Occupational Safety and Health Act is designed to regulate employment conditions relating to occupational safety and health and to achieve safer and more healthful workplaces throughout the nation. The Act provides for a wide range of substantive and procedural rights for employees and representatives of employees. The Act also recognizes that effective implementation and achievement of its goals depend in large measure upon the active and orderly participation of employees, individually and through their representatives, at every level of safety and health activity.

To help ensure that employees are, in fact, free to participate in safety and health activities, Section 11(c) of the Act prohibits any person from discharging or in any manner retaliating against any employee because the employee has exercised rights under the Act.

These rights include complaining to OSHA and seeking an OSHA inspection, participating in an OSHA inspection, and participating or testifying in any proceeding related to an OSHA inspection.

Have your ducks in a row..

A person filing a complaint of discrimination or retaliation will be required to show that he or she engaged in protected activity, the employer knew about that activity, the employer subjected him or her to an adverse employment action, and the protected activity contributed to the adverse action. Adverse employment action is generally defined as a material change in the terms or conditions of employment. Depending upon the circumstances of the case, “discrimination” can include:

  • Firing or laying off
  • Blacklisting
  • Demoting
  • Denying overtime or promotion
  • Disciplining
  • Denial of benefits
  • Failure to hire or rehire
  • Intimidation
  • Reassignment affecting prospects for promotion
  • Reducing pay or hours

[The Whistleblowers Protection Program]

Categories: Construction, News

Building Inspectors Are Targets For OSHA

May 12, 2010 Leave a comment

In construction, the four leading causes of death are falls, electrocution, being crushed or caught between objects, or being struck by moving machinery or objects.  OSHA trying new angles to cut these injuries and fatalities on construction sites.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is launching a pilot program seeking to partner with building inspectors in 11 American cities to reduce injuries and fatalities at construction sites.

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis has sent letters to the mayors of the selected cities, proposing that OSHA work with and train local building inspectors on hazards associated with the four leading causes of death at construction sites. Under this program, building inspectors would notify OSHA when they observe, during the course of their work, unsafe work conditions. OSHA, in turn, would send a federal agency compliance officer to that workplace for a safety inspection.

[full article]

Categories: Construction, News

STIHL Chainsaw Use: Safety First

March 31, 2010 3 comments

Good tips on chainsaw safety and felling trees.

Might be a little slow, but always good to remind yourself of the proper way to use a chainsaw.

[Stihl Chainsaws]

Categories: Equipment, How To's, STIHL

Bored Construction Workers Mixed With Heavy Equipment

February 10, 2010 1 comment

When operating heavy equipment you should always think Safety First. 

10-4 good buddy.  I have my safety vest on!

Categories: Construction, Humor