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June 10 - June 16, 2013

“I know we have to protect the employees, but sometimes they don’t listen,” one employer cited by OSHA said recently. What should happen in such cases?

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The employer is always responsible for employee compliance – no excuses. 55%
Employees who break rules should contribute to fines that arise from their actions. 34%
Employees should pay any fines for citations that arise from their actions. 11%


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Tagged categories: Health and safety; OSHA

Comment from James Albertoni, (6/10/2013, 10:30 AM)

Employees who continusously, knowingly, break rules should be let go.


Comment from arthur Bailly, (6/10/2013, 1:33 PM)

Employees should be fired if they refuse to follow safety regulations. If they wont protect themselves then you have to protect them from themselves by letting them go find employment where they will follow the safety regulations


Comment from Raymond Merrill, (6/10/2013, 5:14 PM)

Employees who "don't listen": terminate


Comment from Car F., (6/11/2013, 11:22 AM)

After proper training and effective Supervision has been provided to the employees, imposing discipline, up to dismissal, is a reasonable thing to do for those workers who choose to ignore safety regulations. In my experience, most fatalities at work are due to poor training and ineffective supervision. Accidents do not "just happen", they do have root causes that usually involves poor supervision and little or not training. Giving someone a 50 pages document on safety and instructing them to read it cannot be consider training. Safety talks or crew talks every morning prior to the starting the day is a MUST, periodical and documented safety inspections of the site are also good for the workers and the business.


Comment from M. Halliwell, (6/11/2013, 11:53 AM)

Paper trail that they have been trained on the safety program and provided the appropriate gear, document the incidents and then escalate the response up to and including termination. An employee unwilling to follow the safety practices and policies of their employer (unless there is a dang good reason not to...like it actually endangers workers) is a risk to themselves and may put other employees, the company and first responders at risk.


Comment from john drengacz, (6/11/2013, 3:00 PM)

I agree with Raymond from yesterday someone doesn't listen and work according to the rules, Terminate.


Comment from Chuck Pease, (6/16/2013, 1:58 PM)

If an employee wont embrace your companies safety culture they need to be let go.


Comment from Steve Brunner, (1/2/2014, 8:58 AM)

I agree with the comments above of paper trail and termination. It has been my past experience that a proper paper trail can alleviate the majority of the fines. In addition, making an "example" of the deviant behavior at a monthly safety meeting will help prevent others from duplicating the bad acts.


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