Providing staff with the necessary safety equipment is an inherent responsibility for any construction company. Independent contractors must ensure work sites are in compliance with safety regulations to make sure projects finish on time, within budget and without incident.
Compliance management systems allow constructions companies to understand how to adhere to safety regulations dictated by state and federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor and its workforce safety office, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). By meeting compliance standards, a construction company can reduce the risk of accidents that injure workers and guard against substantial fines, if not criminal charges.
Failing to provide safety equipment to staff is one way to violate OSHA regulations. Amour Shield, an Illinois-based roofing contractor, offers an example of what failing to comply with safety standards can result in. The company is faced with more than $72,000 in fines for failing to provide fall protection equipment to its roofers. Falls at work sites have contributed to countless fatalities in the construction industry. Behavior based safety training, personal protection equipment as well as accident prevention programs are essential for mitigating the risk of tragic accidents.
"Armor Shield needs to make immediate changes to its safety program. No worker should ever be subject to fall hazards when basic safety equipment can prevent tragedies," Angeline Loftus, OSHA's area director for the Chicago North Area Office in Des Plaines, said in a statement regarding the findings of an investigation of Armour Shield's work site.
Safety Advantage LLC provides roofers with personal protection equipment that can allow safety regulations to be met. In doing so, minimizing the risk of accidents and merits for fines can be drastically reduced.