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OSHA Violations: How to Avoid the Accusations

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was established in 1970 and companies must be in compliance of its safety standards to this day. Failing to be in compliance and violating these standards can be very costly to both the lives of employees and the business itself. And the question is who’s to blame for OSHA violations, employer or employee?

Forewarned is forearmed: protect employees and your business

In an interview with NBC2 News last month, safety director of Crown Roofing, a Florida company specializing in new construction, re-roof, maintenance and roof service (the firm has contested more than $500,000 in fines), said the incidents occurred because some employees were not obeying company safety rules. Sometimes even if a contractor has trained its employees on safety rules a few workers may simply refuse to follow procedures. Anyway, employers need to make sure they make some basic measures to protect their employees and their business.

– First of all, any employer should provide employees with a written policy of general safety rules and procedures as well as violation consequences. Forewarned is forearmed and this works for both sides.

– If employees have a full understanding of the tools, equipment, substances they may be working with and of the emergency behavior, the chances of accidents will decrease. Regular reminders and training and their reporting will protect employees from injuries as well as protect businesses from violations and fines.

– Employers should pay special attention to a system of verifying that the rules are being enforced. This is usually accomplished by visual observations, timely documentation of any violations and punishment. It’s extremely important to discipline the person who was committing the violation by special measures.

Smart assistant in your pocket

To successfully implement all the measures above, businesses need a tool for optimization, inspection and reporting. Special mobile apps are the best assistant, which allow users to communicate, track, collect data, process it, generate reports, send and store them anytime and anywhere.

Snappii, a mobile business app provider, have helped thousands of companies in such industries as construction, field service, warehousing, transportation, logistics, fire safety, fleet management and more. We try to focus on the most required operations and help specialists improve and optimize them. OSHA case reporting mobile app is designed for individuals to instantly report any violations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations right on the spot. It can help employers save their business and streamline workforce management. Snappii team is able to modify OSHA case reporting app for any specific needs. For example, you can use your existing forms right in this app. We will convert them and make necessary changes. Just contact us to discuss.

The maximum citation for serious safety hazards is $12,471 per violation. It’s beneficial both in terms of employee health, and business finances and legal security to stay up to date on OSHA safety standards and make efforts to identify and negate possible safety hazards. Employers can find more useful information about OSHA regulations and get a consultation here.

How to Make a Construction Site Safer

At construction jobsite, safety of workers is the top priority. Modern mobile solutions come to the rescue and help make construction sites safer and avoid accidents. Let’s consider how it works.

Stay connected and avoid risks

Knowledge is power, and timely information in construction allows preventing accidents. Modern safety construction apps help employees always stay informed anywhere and at any time. With constant convenient communication with all available mobile features like video, audio, photo, GPS, workers and managers will miss nothing. Also, just a push of a button in the app can instantly report a hazard and protect the whole construction team and the project.

Conduct inspections regularly

Construction workers rely on the equipment, machines and vehicles to work efficiently and safely, and the company should provide constant in-order and safe operation of all tools and equipment. Mobile construction apps allow conducting various timely inspections to maintain all work aspects, reduce the risks and contribute to a more productive workflow. They provide convenient mobile checklists, fast data collection, instant reporting and more. Read more about mobile inspection apps required by work at the jobsite here.

Maintain company’s stability by constant reporting

Safety directors and managers are entrusted with a huge responsibility. In addition to the general control of workplace safety, they must report about it to the highest authorities. Mobile safety construction apps allow them to get complete professional reports from all departments and personally from each employee on a daily basis. Clear and timely reporting is a guarantee of company stability and legal protection of both the company and its employees.

Why Snappii when it comes to construction apps

Today more and more builders and other construction professionals appeal to construction apps for various purposes. Today Snappii is a leading mobile business apps company with more construction apps than all construction software companies combined. We help modern construction companies save time and focus on the job instead of IT. After working in the industry for years, Snappii now believes they have a mobile solution to fit literally any problem.

Snappii offers powerful apps to ensure safe construction workflow and meet any requirements. You can find such ready-made apps as Construction Daily Log app, Punch In / Out Timesheet app, Construction Manager app, Construction Estimator and Bidding app, Heavy Equipment Inspection app and more. The main feature of all Snappii construction apps is their 100% customization. Any app can be modified specifically to your needs and contain a unique functionality. Moreover, we can add your usual work paper forms right into the app and convert them into the digital format. Steven Koski from Harold Brothers says: “Thanks to Snappii, we moved away from paper forms and are quite pleased with the result. Now it literary takes a few minutes to fill out the report, sign and send it.” Construction industry is in demand for high-quality powerful apps and this demand will rise. We don’t stop and also develop and are ready to a new step.


Improve Workplace Safety Maintenance with Safety Inspection Apps

Safety at the jobsite is one of the most important concerns a general contractor must have. By making safety a priority, the majority of worksite injuries and deaths can be reduced. Safety maintenance consists of several activities such as regular trainings and inspections.

Safety training – a way to reduce and avoid hazards

OSHA’s safety training and education rule at 29 CFR 1926.21 applies to most construction activities. All employees must complete special courses about the workplace safety and be trained in first aid. Also they must learn how to use firefighting equipment and behave in an emergency. Many of the construction hazards can be avoided with just proper safety training. The employees become more capable and more focused on their safety. Such trainings should be regular and each worker should confirm his knowledge. Here you can find training and outreach materials from several construction resources.

Safety inspection – a way to establish safety environment at the workplace

Inspections are also a quite important part of safety maintenance and can include:

– common hazard analysis,

– construction equipment inspection,

– inspection of the firefighting and protection equipment,

– tracking of the accidents and reporting,

– inspection of regular safety trainings.

All these activities should be documented. However, work with paper at the construction site and constant trips to the office can be a huge burden for inspectors and other specialists. Moreover, paper forms are unreliable, they can be lost and contain errors. Inspectors spend much time collecting the data, it can take several days and result in rate increase.

Safety inspection apps

Special safety inspection apps allow performing inspections using a smartphone or tablet right at the jobsite. Mobile checklists help to collect the data and control inspection activities. Keeping inspection records is important. Mobile inspection apps offer reliable data storage and give access to it at any time. Some app development companies like Snappii offer both: the general safety inspection apps and more specific apps.

For example, Workplace Safety Inspection app allows users to conduct general inspections. The user can inspect working environment including surrounding appliances, medical service, environment control, fire protection, etc. and fill out and save ready-made forms in minutes. Workflow Safety Inspection app will be useful for construction management companies. The app includes a checklist that might be used by inspectors to help them identify and prevent hazards and accidents on construction sites.

As for more specific safety inspection apps, Fire Inspection app is a perfect tool to inspect fire hydrants, extinguishers and other fire protection equipment. Fire Extinguisher Inspection app is another example of such specific apps.

With Snappii, inspectors gain a powerful tool in the effort to conduct thorough and effective safety inspections. Moreover, all our safety inspection apps are absolutely customizable and can be supplemented by your own forms or any features. Just contact out team or send your forms and requirements. Make workplace safety your top priority and rise the efficiency of the work and the revenue.

Maintain Safe and Healthy Workplace with Workplace Safety Inspection App

Maintain Safe and Healthy Workplace with Workplace Safety Inspection AppIf you are an employer or business owner, the first thing you are responsible for is health and safety of your workers. Work Health and Safety Act and the Work Health and Safety Regulation give clear and strict instructions the compliance with which should always be your top priority. Continue reading “Maintain Safe and Healthy Workplace with Workplace Safety Inspection App” »

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