Tocci + OSHA Go Hand In Hand
Recently, one of Tocci’s larger projects received an unexpected visit from an OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officer of the United States Department of Labor. Upon arrival, the inspector notified Tocci that he was on site to complete a Dodge Inspection, which means the project was randomly selected for inspection from a computer database. Each month, Dodge provides a list of planned projects using econometric models, and predicts when sites on the list will be active. From the active-site list, a random target list is generated and forwarded to each area office. The area offices are then required to conduct a site inspection of the project.
The OSHA compliance officer started with an opening conference where we invited all subcontractors to attend. During the opening conference the inspector introduced himself, showed his official credentials and stated his reason for the site visit. He informed us that the inspection would start off as a “focus four” inspection, but could turn into a compressive inspection based on his findings. Focus four inspections are focused on the top four causes of fatalities in construction (Falls, struck-by, caught-between and electrocutions). He stated that he had already noticed several positive observations from the parking lot area (PPE, housekeeping, material storage and fall protection). This was very important as first impressions are a crucial part of a OSHA site inspection. We then proceeded to walk the entire project with most active subcontractors participating in the inspection. During the inspection the inspector went out of his way to point out positive compliant safety observations that he identified as we walked from building to building. He also took several photos of compliant items.
After the site wide safety inspection, the inspector proceeded with a closing conference with all subcontractors still in attendance. He stated that he was very impressed with his inspection findings, did not find any violations and would most likely be closing his report out with an “In Compliance” inspection meaning no citations will be issued. After the subcontractors were released and returned to work, the inspector conducted a thorough evaluation of our site specific safety and health plan, subcontractor safety manuals, subcontractor orientation logs, weekly safety meeting minutes and OSHA 300 log. Again he stated that he was very impressed with his findings, and expressed that it was refreshing to partake in such a positive inspection.
Congratulations to the Tocci team and all subcontractors working on site for all their safety efforts. At Tocci, one of our safety standards is for OSHA to show up on site and leave without issuing any safety citations.
At little background on OSHA:
In the construction industry there are approximately 130 million individuals working on various construction sites across the nation. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is here to help contractors be accountable for keeping their workers safe. In 2015, OSHA conducted 35,820 Federal inspections and 43,471 State Plan inspections. Since 1970, OSHA regulations have helped reduce the number of workplace fatalities by more than 66% and the number of injury and illnesses by 67%. To learn more about OHSA inspections and stats from their findings visit their website .