September 25 - October 1, 2016

Last month, a painter fell to his death on a water tower job, working for a firm with numerous safety violations and falls in its history. What more can be done to prevent such tragedies?

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Companies with a number of repeat safety violations should have their licenses revoked; fines are clearly not a deterrent to unsafe practices. 56%
Fines for repeat offenders should be greater, and companies with multiple violations should be monitored more closely to ensure their safety culture changes. 32%
Unfortunately, there's not much we can do; some workers simply don't follow safety rules, and sometimes the consequences are tragic. 12%

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Tagged categories: Accidents; Asia Pacific; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Fall protection; Health and safety; Latin America; North America

Comment from Steve Brunner, (9/26/2016, 7:47 AM)

Disciplinary actions against workers who violate safe work practices goes along with corporate fines.

Comment from M. Halliwell, (9/26/2016, 11:01 AM)

I'm starting to think that the US OSHA needs to follow the Alberta example when it comes to worker compliance. If the worker has been trained and "knows better" then they can be individually fined on the spot by the inspector. It's not a huge fine, but enough to make a dent in the wallet and, hopefully, get the point across...if they have the gear and the training to be safe, they better bloody well do it, even for the "it'll just take a second" jobs. On the other hand, I think ramping up the fines (in a big way), revoking licenses and laying more criminal charges (repeated willful disregard for safety can be akin to attempted murder in my books...killing someone for money without a care as to who dies might not be 1st degree, but it's more deliberate than manslaughter) would help on the corporate side. Too many folks rack up a long list of OSHA citations and fines then just fold the business and open up the next day with a new name and clean safety record....that needs to stop.

Comment from Car F., (9/27/2016, 10:37 AM)

A worker violating the safety rules is a worker either improperly trained or poorly supervised. A poorly trained worker doesn’t know what to so. A poorly supervised worker will get away with committing infractions without being subjected to progressive discipline. Both training and supervision requires money. Money is something that companies do not want to depart with. Best to blame the worker and fire him/her.

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