The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is raising the cost for non-compliance by offshore oil, gas and wind companies. BSEE has now posted the Notice to Lessees that explains the changes for different violations. The change is an annual inflation adjustment and increases the maximum fine from $42,704 to $43,576. The change of about $800 is not by itself a dramatic change. However, violators need to consider that: Continue reading “Update: Offshore Energy Fines Increasing”
A panel of experts has just released recommendations that the threshold level for drunk driving be significantly reduced. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine group is urging states to reduce the level for DUIs and DWIs. Continue reading “Experts Recommend Lowering The Drunk Driving Thresholds”
Does OSHA target smaller companies for fines? Sometimes it may seem like it. If you just look at penalties, small companies pay the lion’s share of fines for violations. According to information from the trade group, the Asbestos Institute, businesses with less than 100 employees received more than 80,000 citations in 2012 compared to only 9,000 for companies with more than 100 employees. When it comes to fines, the under 100 employee companies paid more than $112 million versus $33 million for the over 100 companies. Companies with fewer than 20 workers paid a whopping $70,000 in fines in 2012. The differences come despite OSHA guidance to reduce overall fines to smaller firms. Continue reading “Does OSHA Target Small Businesses?”
If you run a small business, here are a few numbers to think about –
$37,000 -Average cost of a lost time injury, according to the NSC.
84% – How much OSHA fines have gone up since 2016
8% – How much companies spend on safety as a percentage of payroll, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit
$7,295.00 – Estimated total cost-per-employee for fall prevention protective equipment for construction workers who work at heights
Smaller companies are at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to safety. They have to comply with all the same laws and their customers expect the same level of safety management, but the economies of scale work against them and their cost-per-employee for safety programs may be much higher than for larger companies.
How do small companies maintain safety at an acceptable cost? In many cases the answer is outsourcing. Our More safety & less cost white paper shows how we can save businesses money by assisting their existing safety director or by acting as the safety department for companies that can’t afford an in-house professional.
As we have noted in the past, government regulators are changing enforcement tactics for offshore oil and gas. We recently saw new evidence of how that change when the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released a safety alert on gas hazards. Continue reading “Targeted Offshore Enforcement Finds Gas Release Hazards”
Don’t look now, but OSHA fines just went up. Under a law change that went into effect in 2016, OSHA penalties now increase with inflation every year. As a result, the fines for violating OSHA safety regulations are now 2% higher than in 2017. The change looks like this: Continue reading “The Price of Safety Failure Just Went Up”
2017 was a record year for commercial passenger jets. It was the first year on record when they did not record a single fatality. The news comes from the Flight Safety Foundation which tracks world passenger airline industry incidents. While there were 10 fatal airliner accidents in 2017, five involved cargo transport and five were from turboprops. For commercial passenger jets, there were no fatalities out of nearly 37 million flights. What does it take to reach that milestone? Continue reading “Getting to Zero: How Commercial Jetliners Recorded Their Safest Year Ever”
OSHA has just announced that it will not enforce its new injury and illness reporting rule until the end of the year. The deadline had been delayed twice and went into effect on December 15th. However, the agency says it will give employers until December 31 to file without taking action. However, OSHA stresses that no 2016 forms will be accepted after January 1st.
What is behind the delay? It may be that OSHA is looking at the reports filed so far and realized that industry is way behind.
Every year OSHA releases its top 10 list of violations. It is done with a lot of build up at the National Safety Council’s annual conference, kind of like the Oscars, except no one wants to win this competition. What you notice is that the top violations don’t change much, but maybe we need to dig deeper into the numbers to catch the real trends going on in safety.
December is supposed to be a slow month, but not in the world of safety compliance. Both OSHA and the Department of Transportation are implementing significant initiatives. Here’s a short rundown on deadlines you may need to know about: