Just because you asked…
OSHA is cracking down in 2014 on businesses that are repeat offenders when it comes to Front End Loader / Backhoe safety. Said Nick Walters, OSHA’s regional administrator in Chicago, “Employers that continue to ignore safety regulations put their employee’s lives at risk. Trenching hazards result in numerous fatalities and injuries every year. Companies specializing in this type of work [Front End Loader / Backhoe trenching and excavation] have a responsibility to protect their workers from known hazards.” OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program mandates follow-up inspections at cited companies to guarantee observance of the law and spotlighting disobedient employers who endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. A willful violation is one “committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.” OSHA will cite repeat violators for failing to provide training to Front End Loader / Backhoe operators on trenching and excavation hazards, and ensuring that each worker exposed to struck-by hazards will be protected by a hard hat. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.
In order to keep your company up to date and compliant on all safety issues, Total Equipment Training wants to help train your Front End Loader / Backhoe operators, as well as any other heavy equipment operators. Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.
Stay safe, stay up to date.