January 2020 Newsletter          

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 Osha Enforcement
OSHA enforcement activity is on the rise and so are penalties for non-compliance. Following are just a few examples:


New Jersey Construction Company and its President pay $442,000 in OSHA Penalties, interest after court finds contempt OSHA has recovered payment of $442,000 in penalties and interest from Washington Township, New Jersey READ MORE...

U.S. Department of Labor Cites and Fines Maine Roofing Contractor for Willfully and Repeatedly Endangering Employees OSHA has cited Blue Nile Contractors Inc. for $210,037 READ MORE...

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Penalties of $210,037 to Missouri contractor for Exposing Workers to trenching Hazards 

 OSHA has cited Purvis Home Improvement Co. for $278,456   READ MORE..

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Dollar Tree Stores for Workplace Hazards at Andalusia, Alabama Location The U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA has cited the national discount store Dollar Tree for $312,576 READ MORE...

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Railcar Service Company After Investigation of Employee Fatality at Pennsylvania Worksite The U.S. Dept. of Labor's OSHA has cited Dana Railcar for $551,226  READ MORE...

OSHA Quicktakes

Stay on top of the latest OSHA news, initiatives and products to help identify and prevent workplace hazards.

OSHA Enforcement and Compliance Increases in 2019 to Keep America's Workforce Safe More Info

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy for Certifications from Crane Institute Certification More Info

Simmons Caribbean Bedding Works with Puerto Rico Consultation Services and Stays OSHA Sharp More Info
Massachusetts Court Sentences Contractor Convicted for Manslaughter and Witness Intimidation in Deadly 2016 Trench Collapse More Info

Region 6- Alliance Renewal Agreement- November 15, 2019 More Info

Identifying and Reducing Employee Exposure to Methylene Chloride More Info
What's New in 2020
Seems like we've been running 100 mph this past year and we thought this would be a good time to slow down and give everyone a quick update on what to expect from Safety Reports in 2020!

If you're looking for new products the next one to be released will be our Scan app. We're planning to have it beta tested in January with an expected release date in February. The Scan app is a great tool for inspection equipment or assets (i.e. fire extinguishers, exit lights, lanyards, ladders, forklifts, etc.) simply by scanning a QR code attached to the asset.

This app will help you keep track of your asset locations, inspection frequency, inspection due dates, and more!

Following the release of our Scan app, we'll be making updates to our Incident App. In addition to injuries/illnesses and near misses, the new update will allow you to document Vehicle, Property, General Liability incidents and more.

You can also expect to see several updates and/or enhancements to our existing apps, as well as new report outputs for data trending and analysis, updated dashboard pages and more in 2020!

Success Stories

We have some great testimonials on our website from subscribers telling us how well our apps work and how we help them manage safety more efficiently, but we've never taken time to get the details.

We'd like to do that in 2020 and so we invite our subscribers to contact us and volunteer their success stories using our apps.

We know some of you may be a bit reluctant to step forward and volunteer this information, but no worries, there's a good chance we'll reach out to you direct.

Quality Control

Most of our subscribers use our inspection app to conduct safety inspections. But, a few of you have figured out that it also works for Quality Audits and have developed and uploaded your own custom QC checklists to our app.

If your company is interested in using Safety Reports to conduct quality control audits, please let us know and we'll work with you to add your custom WC checklists to your account.

Refer a Friend

If you like our app, please take a minute to refer a friend. For each referral that becomes a customer, we will send you a Safety Reports 20 oz. Yeti Tumbler! It really is that simple!
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 Drone Technology

Safety Reports is always looking at new technology to integrate with our applications. And a hot topic this past year that has our attention is the use of drones for doing inspections. 

We found this article posted by Aldrich titled Drone Technology: Improving Construction Site Safety from the Air that might be of interest to you.

The article includes a quote from John Newquist, Newquist Safety who states: "...drones could significantly speed-up some types of OSHA inspections". Holy cow, imagine your crews doing roofing work or trenching operations and having an OSHA drone suddenly appear overhead!

Not sure what to think of that, but the possibility that we'll see OSHA flying drones over our worksites in 2020 doesn't seem that crazy.

At Safety Reports, we'll be looking at adapting our inspection app for drone use and we're interested in partnering with a company that will help us make that a reality. If your company is using drones for site inspections, please contact us and let's discuss a possible partnership.

What Were You Thinking?
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