98% of our incoming calls are coming from workers just like yours and they’re demanding safer job sites! That’s right! More and more employees are calling our customer service department to report unsafe work environments.
Your employees discuss the daily issues they’re faced with at work with our customer service reps. Our people explain what SafetyTech offers in order to create a safety culture, and in return, a safer work environment. We and ask your workers if they’d like us to contact their boss to discuss these options, but most choose to contact OSHA instead. They believe a wake-up call is more likely to get them the safe job sites they so desperately need. Together, we work to find them the local OSHA office in your area so that they can report the unsafe conditions.
We all know what happens next, a few days after we get off the phone with your employee, OSHA will be knocking on your door. Are you ready for their inspection?
SafetyTech’s JSACloud Professional App starts at less than $20 a month and has been designed to be OSHA compliant- all while keeping workers safe! With the OSHA fines per penalty coming in as high as $12,675, is there really a need to question whether this app can help you? Which would you rather take a gamble with?
Call us at 855-644-SAFE before your workers do. Save money while saving lives.
Did you know that OSHA just updated their Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs- first released 30 years ago? Upon reviewing their article announcing the change, we couldn’t help but notice how much their new focus around these guidelines perfectly parallels with our Mission and Purpose at SafetyTech.
|OSHA explains, “The main goal of safety and health programs is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths, as well as the suffering and financial hardship these events can cause for workers, their families, and employers. The recommended practices use a proactive approach to managing workplace safety and health. Traditional approaches are often reactive –that is, problems are addressed only after a worker is injured or becomes sick, a new standard or regulation is published, or an outside inspection finds a problem that must be fixed. These recommended practices recognize that finding and fixing hazards before they cause injury or illness is a far more effective approach.”|
The proactive approach is something we have been working on for years at SafetyTech. Our JSACloud app includes predefined or customizable JSA templates that include a list all job steps, potential hazards and the risks and consequences associated with them. All workers on the site, must review the form and electronically sign. This ensures that everyone is aware of the risks at hand and that they have a thorough understanding of the process required to stay safe.
Should an incident happen, the JSACloud application allows workers to quickly and conveniently identify issues that arise on the job site. Through various reports, workers and supervisors are able to immediately make changes to the processes they are taking. Employers can also review these events to take proactive approaches towards avoiding future hazards. All incidents become learning events and therefore create a safer work environment.
|OSHA continues on to explain, “The idea is to begin with a basic program and simple goals and grow from there. If you focus on achieving goals, monitoring performance, and evaluating outcomes, your workplace can progress along the path to higher levels of safety and health achievement.”|
These practices are exactly what SafetyTech recommends as well. Through the utilization of our Safety Capabilities Maturity Model we are able to establish what safety level our clients are at and then help them to grow rapidly into the next level. We use our Safety Life Cycle to help clients, document issues, complete a root cause analysis, improve upon their faults and communicate the outcomes to employees. Ultimately creating a safer workplace.
A more detailed explanation of the guidelines can be found in the attached site. We recommend reading through them and to use them as a standard for creating a safety culture at your work place.
We are always here to help you WORK SAFER NOW.
To learn more about SafetyTech, our products and services or how we operate, continue to look through our site or call us at 844-655-SAFE.
There's a new serial killer out there and it's called negligence. Every day there are multiple, preventable deaths and injuries that happen on job sites around the world. Nationally, OSHA has been cracking down, but we are also starting to see a rise in state and local county involvement. They're going after these companies as any normal prosecuting attorney would- with criminal charges.
In an article from EHS Today we learn that for the first time, Washington's King County prosecuted and charged the owner of Seattle-area Alki Construction with manslaughter after one of his workers died negligently in a trench collapse.
“There are times when a monetary penalty isn't enough,” said L&I Director Joel Sacks. “This company knew what the safety risks and requirements were, and ignored them. The felony charges show that employers can be held criminally accountable when the tragedy of a preventable workplace death or injury occurs.”
And it doesn't just stop there. An article from The New York Times outlines a case where an owner of two Brooklyn construction companies, was charged with manslaughter, after he ignored complaints of a faulty retaining wall that eventually lead to an employee's death.
|"The companies’ owner, Michael Weiss, 47, was also charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of the laborer, Fernando Vanegaz, an immigrant from Ecuador. In an indictment issued in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, Mr. Weiss was further accused of reckless endangerment, assault, grand larceny, tax fraud and falsifying business records. He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges."|
These are just two examples of accidents that happen multiple times daily. The construction field is a dangerous place and safety MUST become a priority.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO TO FIX THE PROBLEM?
After hearing stories like these for years, SafetyTech decided to do something about it. Our number one goal is to help businesses prevent accidents like these and save lives by developing a safety culture within their workplace. That's why our team developed the groundbreaking JSACloud app. We're proud to say our technology and methods were created to help companies communicate, and work safer- AS A STANDARD.
As the safety experts, here's what we recommend to get started.
MAKE SAFETY PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE- NOT A HASSLE
SafetyTech will work with your business to make sure all employees are trained and knowledgeable of what is required of them. Safety practices will become part of their daily routines and not a hassle.
ALWAYS BE OSHA COMPLIANT
Download the JSACloud app- it was developed around OSHA regulations to keep our clients within the ever changing OSHA standards. Using the app will help your team stay compliant while remaining on track.
HAVE PROPER DOCUMENTATION
Our Field Forms require workers to take a step back before starting a job. The JSACloud app will walk employees through the process of properly laying out the steps required for job completion. Workers are to inspect everything that could possibly become a risk or hazard on the job site and map out the consequences associated with them. That process is easily completed by filling in a form on the app that has already been custom designed specifically for your industry.
LEARN FROM MISTAKES
We go one step further with Stop the Job, Incident Report and Near Miss forms. These forms are designed to foster better safety practices, not to reprimand employees. We look at these incidents as positive learning experiences that help grow your business' Safety Culture. Employees fill out a form each time an incident occurs to help develop a safety plan for that incident going forward. The plan becomes part of the safety protocol to begin work again- thus creating a safer, evolving work environment.
GET RID OF THE PAPER & KEEP YOUR RECORDS AT THE TIPS OF YOUR FINGERS.
Finally, with the JSACloud app, all information is captured on your device or in a cloud based platform. The data can be saved and shared with other team members or referenced at a later date.
SafetyTech has already developed the solution to eliminate the rise in safety issues, so why would you even risk the death or prosecution of your employees?
Download the JSACloud App NOW or contact our customer service team to learn more about our company, products or services.
Written by SafetyTech's Kala Nuru-Maasi
There were 4,693 worker fatalities in private industry in 2016. Out of those 991 or 21.1% were in construction. That means an astounding one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of these deaths in were falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These "Fatal Four" were responsible for more than half (63.7%) the construction worker deaths in 2016, BLS reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save hundreds of workers' lives in America every year.
■ Falls — 384 out of 991 total deaths in construction in CY 2016 (38.7%)
■ Struck by Object - 93 (9.4%)
■ Electrocutions - 82 (8.3%)
■ Caught-in/between* - 72 (7.3%)
*This category includes construction workers killed when caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material)
How can we prevent these types of accidents:
- Remove slip, trip, and fall hazards from the work area.
- Establish a no-running policy.
- Report any spills and provide adequate signage regarding hazards such as spills, uneven surfaces, debris, icy sidewalks, smooth concrete and other hazards.
- Make sure that staff is trained on how to properly clean/remove slip, trip and fall hazards.
■ Struck by Object
- Avoid areas where work is being performed above
- Secure tools and materials using toe boards, screens and debris nets
- Do not exceed lifting capacity of cranes and hoists
- Wear a hard hat at all times on a construction site.
- Use only equipment that is properly grounded or double-insulated
- Do not ignore warning signs. If an item feels hot, makes an unusual noise (buzz or hum), smokes or sparks, take it out of service immediately and tag it “Do Not Use”
- Do not cover power cords or extension cords with rugs or mats, as this can cause issues with the wires or create potential tripping hazards
- Cover or guard any exposed electrical components or wires, and make sure employees are aware of any hazards
■ Caught-in/between (*This category includes construction workers killed when caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material)
- Be familiar with the equipment to know where the pinch, sheer, wrap and crush points are located, as well as pull-in areas
- Shut down equipment before doing repairs or inspections
- Make sure all guards are in place and properly secured after servicing equipment
- Take extra caution when working around equipment that use belts, chains, sprockets or PTO shafts
Build a Safety Culture
The best way to prevent these types of accidents is to create and use proper job safety policies. JSACloud streamlines this process by providing a digital solution that makes it easy for your safety professionals to create JSAs, communicate with workers in the field, report and analyze safety data, and standardize safety policies.
Learn More about How the JSACloud App can help prevent construction’s “Fatal Four” at http://bit.ly/Fatal-4.
Daily routines are something that we all have. We often find ourselves floating along day to day doing the same thing over and over again. Though sometimes, when we are feeling determined, we decide to change something about our routines for the better. Maybe it is eating healthier, choosing to spend more time with our kids, or, in this case, working safer. Being ambitious and trying to add a new routine to our days can often be difficult and rarely sticks because of 7 main factors. According to an article from developgoodhabits.com, there are 7 psychological factors that hold us back from adding new tasks to our daily routines.
- The Decision Fatigue Factor
This states that we are more likely to make thought out choices earlier in the day. As our day progresses, we become tired of making decisions and therefore are less likely to make good ones.
- The Cognitive Load Factor
This factor relates to how much thought goes into executing something. The more we need to think about the process of completing an activity, the less energy we’ll have to complete it.
- The Willpower Factor
Sometimes just getting through the day is all we can do, but our days don’t always start out that way. Typically, when we wake up, we have a bunch of energy or willpower to execute the tasks at hand. As the day goes on, our willpower depletes and so does our ability to accomplish new routines. Don’t try too much at once.
- The “What the Hell?” Factor
We all cheat when it come to new routines. We start out driven and then one day, we fall off the bandwagon. Then, we justify the downward spiral for the rest of the day, or maybe the rest of the week. We say, “What the Hell?” or “Why Not?” and cheat away. It’s in our nature to cheat, but we need to nip it in the bud immediately and get back on track.
- The Monkey Mind Factor
AKA getting off task. We all have those moments where we go to start something but make a split-second decision to, “just look at this one thing first.” That “one thing” often leads to another and then another until we find ourselves 2 hours later with nothing accomplished. We need to stick to the task at hand and save our Monkey Minds for the end of the day.
- The Non-Multitasking Factor
Multitasking is great for quantity but very rarely works when quality is the objective. In the case of establishing a new routine, our focus should be undivided. We must push all distractions aside, set a time limit to focus on the task at hand and give it our undivided attention.
- The Downtime Factor
Even though we may think it, we are not machines. We need some downtime to recharge and let our minds wander. By allowing ourselves downtime, we enable ourselves to regain the factors that drive us through the day.
Now how do these factors apply to safety culture? Think about your work environment. If a member of OSHA surprised you today with a visit, would you be 100% compliant? The answer is most likely, no. Why? With new regulations being added in regularly and the management of daily operations, we simply don’t have time to pay attention to everything and keep up. But, we must! We have to get ahead of it and put safety first.
So how do we do it? We need to add it to our daily routine and succeed at keeping it there. However, as we just learned, there are all these factors stacked against us, so are we just destined to fail?
The answer is no. Now that we are aware of what debilitates us, we have the upper hand. We can establish a process to put safety first and train our staff to execute these changes early in the morning when our employee’s minds are fresh. We need to encourage everyone to not fall habit to the “what the hell?” situations and stay focused on the task at hand. Most importantly we need to start at the base of the issue and climb up one step at a time from there.
If it sounds like a lot of work, it is. Luckily, Safety-Now’s mission is to help ensure that business’ like yours send team members home safely every day. We do this by providing your company with innovative products, services, and best practices designed to help you create a safety culture throughout your organization. This enables you to protect your workers, your brand, your physical assets, and your bottom line from the far-reaching effects of accidents. We operate by helping businesses realize their weaknesses in safety culture and develop a customized solution to get them compliant from the ground up.
We can’t guarantee that you won’t have to try hard to keep these best practices as part of your company’s daily routine. However, we can certainly take out the Cognitive Load Factor, and we’ll help you develop the execution plan. We’ll also check in to make sure you’re staying on top of it and help you every step of the way. Don’t fall victim of these bad habits. Make the choice to include safety as part of your daily routine today.
The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017):
- Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]]
- Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Fall Protection–Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
- Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]