New OSHA Reporting Requirements are Now in Effect
As of Jan. 1, 2015, there is a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Employers are now required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident. Reminder: Employers must post 300A injury/illness summary from February 1 through April 30 and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.
Oxman Safety’s webinar “OSHA Record Keeping Requirements” is now available for registration.
Outside Contractor Liability
The answer is TRUE! Business owners are liable for accidents caused by outside contractors/subcontractors.
Subcontracting out services does not relieve the business owner from liability, OSHA citations or fines. A St. Petersburg, FL resort was held responsible for the death of worker from an outside elevator servicing contractor who was crushed under an elevator. The subcontractor had not de-energized the power – a standard Lock-Out/Tag-Out (LOTO) procedure – leading to the fatality. It was determined that both the Resort and the subcontractor had failed to coordinate their LOTO procedures and that employees lacked training. Both were held responsible for the death and were cited and fined.
ADA Pool Lifts for Hotels
A reminder that pool lifts for the disabled must be ‘readily available’ during all pool open hours. Each body of water is required to have it’s own lift. This means that the lift must be installed and ready for immediate use by the disabled guest without asking hotel management for its use. If a guest must ask, the hotel is in violation of the law. If the lift is battery operated, the battery must be fully charged, installed and ready for use. We recommend that all pool employees be regularly trained on how to operate the lift(s) and make immediately available the operational lift as well as any safety considerations that might arise. Penalties for non-compliance can exceed $55,000 per ADA citation by the Department of Justice. If you have questions about compliance, contact the DOJ’s ADA Consultants at (800) 514-0301.