If your firm has ever been rejected for a
contract because of its experience modification rate (EMR), then you know how
damaging this number can be. What can you do to ensure this number is in your
I was talking with a surveyor recently just outside
his office. As we were wrapping up our conversation, one of his crew vehicles
pulled into the parking lot. Two workers got out of the van, and one opened the
passenger-side door to retrieve some equipment. What I observed about that
vehicle in just a couple of minutes could have generated both OSHA and law
enforcement citations, not to mention possible worker injuries or fatalities.
In the June 2004 issue of POB, my column focused on lone worker safety. Since that article, I have been asked questions about one-person crews at every class we conduct. I started this article after observing a one-person crew using a robotic station earlier this year.
the past few months, we have assisted clients with more OSHA informal hearings
than in any similar period since our company was started 18 years ago. Regardless
of whether this represents a more aggressive stance by OSHA or just an unlucky
time for our clients, the bottom line is that being prepared can help you avoid
my June 2010 column (“OSHA goes on the offensive”), I provided an overview of
the administrative enhancements to OSHA’s penalty policy and the new OSHA
Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). The implementation of these new
programs is now beginning.