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2021


Field Issues That Draw Expensive Attention from State or Federal Authorities (and it can get ugly)

Dan McMenamin



The purpose of this paper is to identify many common installation errors and negligent practices that could put a company in poor standing with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and various state or local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs). Bear in mind that codes carry the force of law and then there could be criminal penalties in addition to fines. Interestingly, even near-miss accidents where there was no injury have sometimes come to the attention (and scrutiny) of OSHA and their investigations can wreak havoc with your operation. When investigators arrive at a facility, their mission is a very painstaking view of your workplace with regards to all applicable regulations and not just the incident that brought them there. Based on their findings, AHJ representatives may demand the facility shutdown until all safety discrepancies have been corrected to their satisfaction.


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