International Door & Operator Industry

MAR-APR 2018

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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V O L U M E 5 1 I S S U E 2 A P R I L 2 0 1 8 11 IDA members face a number of government compliance issues. Among the most important is guaranteeing the safety of their workers on job sites that are often not entirely under their control. This could be the case in a one-car residential garage, or on the site of a multi-million-dollar megaproject. No matter the project, dealers owe a duty of safe working conditions to their employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal department focused on enforcing safety standards for employers, especially including the construction industry. Whenever there is a workplace accident resulting in a death or serious injury, the employer is required to notify either the federal OSHA or a state counterpart. Such a report will trigger a worksite inspection, and often result in citations for one or more parties to the project. OSHA officers can also stage inspections without there having been an incident. For Continued on page 12 LEGAL&LEGISLATION By Brian J. Schoolman, Safran Law Offices these reasons, employers have come to fear bringing OSHA to a job site. However, in most OSHA offices, there is also a consultation side, which focuses on free and confidential training and education for employers on satisfying their safety obligations. OSHA consultants will come to the employer's office or job site to help with recognizing hazards, developing and maintaining effective safety programs, identifying resources, and providing a written report of findings for implementation by the owner. Most importantly, these consultants will not issue citations or propose penalties for violation of OSHA standards. (See https://www.osha.gov/Publications/3357consultation-sm.pdf for more details.) For IDA members, calling in an OSHA consultant may seem to be a greater effort than is necessary, and that may be the case. For those dealers, there are other resources How to get OSHA COMPLIANT Before Getting Inspected OSHA COMPLIANT Whenever there is a workplace accident, the employer is required to notify the federal OSHA or a state counterpart. Such a report will trigger an inspection, and often result in citations... OSHA officers can also stage inspections without an incident. [Consequently] employers have come to fear bringing OSHA to a job site.

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