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Are Contractors Required to Submit Injury data to OSHA?
Yes, if your construction company employs at least 20 employees.  This new legal obligation was added to contractors several years ago.   OSHA implemented the new recordkeeping rule to require specific employers (including construction contractors) to electronically submit to OSHA information from its OSHA 300A form (Summary of Work-Related...
Ten Step January Checklist for HR Fitness
BRING IT, 2019!   As we resume our normal work schedules, with the holidays behind us and all the local gyms at full capacity, it’s time to apply a little extra New Year’s energy and resolve to our HR practices.  From updating HR forms to adding up injury numbers, here is a ten step HR Fitness......
Two Florida Contractors Hit with Big OSHA Fines
In the last 2 weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued big citations against two Florida contractors.  On August 29, OSHA cited Coastal Roofing Inc. for exposing employees to fall and other hazards at a St. Johns, Florida, worksite. The Jacksonville-based roofing company faces $105,28...
Hot Summers and Contractor Heat Illness Prevention plans
Florida construction is booming – and thousands of construction workers are working under the scorching summer sun.  Florida heat can be intense and dangerous. Forty (40) percent of heat-related deaths happen in construction.  With the quick rise in construction employment, there are many new workers who may not be used to working under the...
Can a 17 year old work at a construction site?
With the shortage of construction labor (skilled and unskilled) in Florida and the beginning of the summer, construction employers are looking at any and all available labor sources. Is your company looking to hire a high schooler this summer?  Before your construction company hires a 16 or 17-year-old to work, make sure your company reviews......
Need to track subcontractor Work Comp coverage in Florida?
For Contractors working in Florida, the Division of Workers’ Compensation offers several databases that show the workers’ compensation insurance coverage by Florida companies, including construction contractors.  Best of all, these tracking and information sources are free to use.  As a back up to the physical collection of insurance ...
When is the Next OSHA ITA Reporting Deadline?
2017 OSHA 300A summary data must be reported to the ITA website by July 1, 2018. But don’t bother setting an annual recurring event in your tasking software … starting in 2019 and every subsequent year, the reporting deadline will be March 2nd. Remember that not every business needs to report OSHA log summaries to......
Using Post Offer Medical Questionnaires? Be Careful, Use Correctly
If your company uses post-offer medical questionnaires for new hires, listen up.  How you use the form and when you use it matters to the EEOC.  Additionally, make sure your company knows how to use the medical information and discuss results with the employee.  This month an Alabama contractor that used post-offer medical questionnaires and su...
How to Handle an Employee Taking Prescription Narcotics (legally)
Many Americans are addicted to powerful narcotics to treat chronic pain.  According to HHS data, opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths in 2016, and opioid overdose deaths were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999.  In 2016, the prescribing rate had fallen to the lowest it had been in more than 10 years, but was......
What companies will be required to report OSHA 300A injury data?
Get ready, the new OSHA online reporting of injuries and illnesses will be phased in over the next two years.  Currently, OSHA plans to launch its reporting web page on or before December 1, 2017.   If you are trying to determine if your company will need to register and report your employee injury data,......
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