There are many job tasks in a daily job regardless of what industry that can be done safer. However, most employers only seek to do the job, but not consider all of the safety aspects of a job. As a safety consultant, I witness several businesses that feel they have a good safety culture, but my inspection proves otherwise.
I took this picture at a training center when I was doing a 10 hour construction OSHA outreach course. I don’t know if this company had a safety officer or believed that they are compliant with OSHA standards. However, there are a few obvious violations, such as the ladder not extended far enough over the landing, gaps in the planking over an 1″, and the scaffold itself is in bad shape.
Where was the safety officer? Would they have known what hazard to look for with this scaffold? How well did the safety officer get trained prior to starting the position?
Residential roofing is also notorious for having very loose safety standards. I’ve taken several pictures in my career from work sites with horrific safety violations. Many of the companies had foremen on site and a company safety officer. The foreman in the next picture told me that his guys didn’t wear lanyards because they would trip on them and “OSHA isn’t going to pay their bills!”
So, how can a safety professional get more resources to protect their workers from hazards, educate themselves, and go beyond OSHA compliance? There are free and paid resources for those safety professionals looking to excel at their jobs. It is up to the organization and safety professional to seek help to effectively run the safety and health program.
Here are 3 free resources:
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