Oakland—The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and Cal/OSHA has just announced the latest release of the free “Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry.” This publication allows workers, employers and supervisors to quickly reference key safety requirements detailed in clear, concise terms.
“This guide is our most requested Cal/OSHA publication,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “It is indexed to help employers and employees easily find the latest safety requirements on many topics related to construction, such as airborne contaminants, blasting, fall protection, heavy equipment, and multi-employer worksites.”
Included in the new edition are regulatory updates in subjects that include (but are not limited to):
OSHA has recently updated the guide to help employers and Safety professionals comply with the laws that keep workers safe.
The newly updated publication "Training Requirements in OSHA Standards" organizes training into 5 distinct categories:
Cal/OSHA Criminal Investigation of Worker’s Death Results in Prison Term for Construction Company Owner
From CalOSHA Reporter
San Jose--Cal/OSHA’s criminal investigation into the January 2012 cave-in death of a 36-year-old day laborer in Milpitas has resulted in prison for his employer and project manager. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William J. Monahan last Friday sentenced Richard Liu, owner of U.S Sino Investment, and project manager Dan Luo to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.
On January 28, 2012, Raul Zapata was installing a concrete foundation for a retaining wall at a residential construction site on Calaveras Ridge Drive in Milpitas. The 12-foot high excavation wall collapsed, burying him alive. He died before rescue workers arrived. The death came three days after a city of Milpitas building inspector issued a stop-work notice to Luo for failure to provide shoring on the excavation.
“California employers must provide workers with the necessary protection and training so they can do their jobs safely,” said Christine Baker, Director of the Department of Relations (DIR). “When our investigations uncover negligent behavior by employers, we exercise our full jurisdiction to protect workers – including referrals to district attorneys for prosecution.” Cal/OSHA is a division in DIR.
Cal/OSHA’s investigation determined that at the time of the incident, neither the victim nor other employees were wearing any head protection. Also, the excavation wall had not been shored up as required by law. Furthermore, the employer did not have a competent person for excavation on the jobsite to ensure that the wall was installed according to Cal/OSHA rules. Finally, Cal/OSHA noted that the employer had no workers’ compensation insurance at the time of the incident.
“When preventable deaths occur on the job, employers must be held accountable,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “Cal/OSHA worked closely with the Santa Clara District Attorney to ensure that criminal behavior in the workplace is addressed.”
Cal/OSHA’s civil investigation resulted in the issuance of six citations with penalties totaling $168,175 on June 12, 2012, including five citations for serious violations.
Jay Jamali will be presenting two 1-day seminars (8 am to 4 pm) at the 2015 ASSE PDC in Dallas
Hope to see you in Dallas!
This presentation will review changes to the 2015 version of NFPA 70E standard on electrical arc flash safety. Attendees will leave this presentation with a better understanding of how Cal/OSHA can enforce NFPA 70E. In addition Jay will review new requirements for:
About the Presenter
Enviro Safetech is a leading Environmental, Health and Safety consulting company founded in 1990 and located in San Jose, California.