(PRWEB) March 31, 2015
On March 19th, OSHA announced in a Regional News Release that a Houston-based construction company exposed employees to severe excavation hazards. After an OSHA investigation, the employer was cited “for one repeat and two serious trenching violations.” The proposed penalties amounted to approximately $80,000. A violation is deemed “serious” if the workers involved are exposed to hazards where “there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known” (from OSHA Regional News Release, published March 18, 2015).
Another March OSHA News Release reported that an Illinois construction company has been banned from engaging “in trenching, excavation, construction or related work after repeatedly exposing employees to trenching hazards.” Proposed penalties are over $110,000. In this case, the company’s owner was found to be so negligent and uncooperative that the U.S. Department of Labor and the federal court became involved. The owner also ended up serving jail time in December 2014, for 23 days, for his repeated failure to recognize the trenching hazards he was exposing his workers to. (from OSHA News Release, published March 2, 2015).
These two cases show how important it is for construction companies to be OSHA compliant. Excavation, trenching, and shoring standards are particularly important for a company to recognize and respect. Those who actively implement best-practice trenching and shoring processes can avoid OSHA citations, lawsuits, workers compensation costs, and worker injuries and deaths. One crucial factor in safe excavation implementation is training workers on OSHA’s trenching and shoring standards.
Succeed Management Solutions, LLC is releasing a training on trenching and shoring—the newest title in their Succeed Online Training Library. This training teaches workers how to plan and execute a stable and safe excavation. It discusses how to evaluate soil classifications and anticipate worksite conditions and hazards. Trainees also learn how to create protective system plans so that workers can carry out their jobs in the best possible trenching conditions.
As with all Succeed courses, this training can be assigned to employees via Training Track™, an application that is designed to automate all aspects of an employee training program. Training Track™ is one of the available applications in Succeed’s web-based Risk Management Center®. The Risk Management Center also contains other OSHA-required programs, training materials, and integrated software solutions.
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The Succeed Risk Management Center contains a suite of software applications that help manage claims and OSHA reporting (Incident Track®), behavior-based safety programs (BBS Track®), hazard communication and Safety Data Sheets (SDS Track®), Return to Work programs (Job Description Track®), employee training (Training Track™), and third party insurance compliance (COI Track®). Succeed also offers support services, such as managing Certificates of Insurance, Safety Data Sheets, and creating custom training courses.