Winter Is Coming. With temperatures dropping, snowflakes falling and the threat of accidents caused by winter weather slowly becoming more relevant, it’s time to ensure that your workplace is prepped…
It’s estimated that over 50 million skiers find their way to resorts each year to enjoy shredding the slopes. Ranging from Alpine, Snowboarding, Cross country, Freestyle, Telemark, and more, there are so many ways to enjoy the packed powder. But, skiing safe is always the key to having the most enjoyable time when hitting the slopes. There are many ways to be safe when hitting the Alpine, here are some safety tips and tricks to make your skiing experience the safest and most enjoyable time possible. Because knowing is shredding.
Before Hitting the Slopes
- Dress Appropriate
- Make sure to have proper equipment
- Take a couple of lessons
- Check the weather reports
- Always wear eye protection
- Know your terrain
While on the hill
Hone your craft
If it is your first time out, lessons are key. Haven’t been out for a while? A short refresher course would be helpful.
Stretching and a warm up routine will help reduce the risk and severity of an injury.
Don’t ski alone
Having a group or individual with you is not only a great time but safe. If anything goes wrong there are people to assist.
Stick to the track
Keeping on the slope and using the resort information will mean that if something goes wrong, help will quickly be available.
Don’t over do it
Dangers when Skiing
- Skier’s Thumb
- Head Injuries
- ACL Injuries
- Acute Mountain Sickness
- Skiing off an embankment
- Snow Immersion Suffocation
- Broken Bones
Digital safety data provides analytics which enables insightful decision making – elevating an organization’s culture of safety through continuous improvement.
Data Driven Decisions
Data analytics are key to any safety program as it enables insightful decision making. Although capturing safety data on paper or into a siloed system, can slightly raise the culture of safety within an organization, it prevents any type of analysis to foster a safety culture of continuous improvement.
The key to continuous improvement in safety is to provide actionable data to decision makers so real change can be obtained. Without the data flowing back to the decision makers, the best decisions are unable to be made. Imagine not being able to feel your hand in any way. What happens if you touch a flame? Or a sharp object? Not having the sensation flowing back to your brain prevents you from making an appropriate decision to protect your hand. Likewise, safety information that is not digital or does not flow automatically back to a business intelligence platform prohibits insightful decision making.
More Insightful Decisions
With the correct platforms in place, data analytics can provide the following mechanisms to help provide accurate insight into an organization’s safety culture:
● Trend Analysis
Visualizing trends in year-to-year or month-over-month performance can demonstrate continuous improvement across the organization. The key items to having this actionable data are to have properly configured templates and putting the correct platforms in place. Selecting the right partner is imperative.
● Real-time Alerts and Reporting
Being able to configure alerts in real time enables decision makers to see exactly when an egregious issue occurs. Alerting via email or push notifications will quickly put issues into the hands of those who can implement real and lasting change.
● Heat Maps
With a digital safety program, effective organizations can capture data that is unobtainable with paper alone. An example of this is GPS coordinates. When inspecting a facility or auditing a job site, knowing exactly where issues are occurring and with what relative frequency can quickly point you to the correct course of action.
Culture of Safety
Providing real-time data into the hands of decision makers takes multiple steps and, when done correctly, will change your organization’s culture of safety in a good way. With data capture occurring ubiquitously, everyone will be aware of the safety program – it will be in everyone’s hands – and the results will be reported frequently. This heightened, collective awareness enables the expectations within an organization to be set properly and the culture of safety will continue to change for the better
We look forward to helping you on the journey to providing safety analytics.
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1. Review and act upon your safety data with automated features.
2.Collect information that otherwise wouldn’t be collected.
3. Ensure problems are fixed thanks to accountability features.
4. Proactively prevent safety problems.
5. Enjoy live customer service every step of the way.
And there are many more!
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Charged with maintaining a safe workplace for employees and employers alike, OSHA achieves this by conducting inspections and issuing citations when hazards or unsafe practices are found. These inspections are often unannounced, and can result from an accident taking place, worker complaints, or just luck of the draw. Despite the best efforts of many in maintaining OSHA compliance, the fact is citations happen and it’s best to be informed about the different types of OSHA violations and their ramifications. Overall, there are six distinct types of OSHA violations:
- De Minimus
- Failure to Abate
These vary in severity from minor infractions with no fine to serious violations that carry large penalties and potentially criminal charges. You can learn more about OSHA enforcement on their website here. Below we detail each type of OSHA violation, what constitutes each type, and the fines associated with each.
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De Minimus Violation
A De Minimus violation is the least severe type of OSHA violation issued. De Minimus violations carry no monetary penalty. These types of violations may be issued if OSHA recognizes that a violation, while non-compliant, poses no actual risk of harm or injury to the employee. The Fifth Circuit Court has determined that a De Minimus classification, by law, is required when: No, or only minor, injury could result. The possibility of becoming injured as a result of the violation is remote. There is no significant difference in the level of protection provided by the employer and that afforded by technical compliance with the standard.
An inspector may issue a De Minimus violation if the text size of exit signs are smaller than those defined in the Standard, for example. For this type of violation, a citation is not issued. Instead, the issue is discussed verbally between the inspector and the company in violation, and a note is made in the inspection file.
Other-Than-Serious Violations can carry a fine of up to $12,471, effective August 1, 2016. A bill passed last year increased this limit from the previous $7,000 maximum. According to the OSHA Field Inspection Reference Manual, this type of violation is issued “in situations where the most serious injury or illness that would be likely to result from a hazardous condition cannot reasonably be predicted to cause death or serious physical harm to exposed employees but does have a direct and immediate relationship to their safety and health.“
Improper storage of chemicals or hazardous materials, or being unable to provide proper record keeping paperwork, are several examples of possible other-than-serious violations. The actual citation amount for this type of violation can vary widely on the nature of the hazard, good faith efforts by the employer, history of violations, and size of the business. Other-Than-Serious hazards can sometimes carry no monetary penalty at all.
Serious violations are issued in situations where there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could occur, and the employer knew, or should have known, about the presence of the hazard. It’s important to note that no actual accident needs to have occurred (or even be likely) for a hazard to be cited. The possibility alone is enough to warrant a Serious violation if the inspector deems that the potential injuries that could occur would be severe or fatal. Serious violations carry a maximum $12,471 fine as of August 1, 2016. Like Other-Than-Serious violations, Serious violation penalties can be adjusted downwards based on history of past violations, employer’s good faith, the gravity of the violation, and size of the business. Improper respirators when working among airborne contaminants is one example of a serious violation.
Willful violations are the most severe type of citation issued by OSHA, and carry the highest penalties. In certain cases, Willful violations can also come with criminal sanctions in certain cases. What separates a Willful from a Serious violation? In essence, Willful violations are reserved for cases where an employer intentionally violates OSHA rules or blatantly and deliberately disregards worker safety.
The maximum penalty for Willful violations is approx. $125,000, ten times the maximum amount for Serious violations. These too can be adjusted downward, depending on the history of violations among the company and the size of the business. In general, good faith efforts don’t apply in reducing penalties, since by definition of “Willful” the employer was acting recklessly at the very best. These maximum penalties can be increased if a fatality is involved. In Section 17(e) of the OSH Act:“Any employer who willfully violates any standard, rule, or order promulgated pursuant to Section 6 of this Act, or of any regulations proscribed pursuant to this Act, and that violation caused death to any employee, shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or by both.
The monetary fines can actually be much higher than $10,000 due to the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, which standardized penalties for federal offenses. Accordingly, individuals can face up to $250,000 fine, while institutions face a potential $500,000 fine. While the number of criminal charges leveraged by OSHA have been rising in recent years, criminal sanctions for violations are rare. In the 40+ years since the OSH Act was passed in 1970 less than eighty criminal cases have been prosecuted, and only roughly a dozen have resulted in criminal convictions.
Repeat violations are exactly what they sound like. OSHA commonly performs follow-up inspections after citations have been issued against an employer, and Repeat violations are issued when the same, or similar, violation(s) are present upon follow-up. Like Willful violations, Repeat violations carry a maximum penalty of $125,000. An employer cannot be cited for a Repeat violation if the first violation is being contested and a final ruling has not yet been issued by OSHA.
Failure To Abate
When an employer receives a citation violation, the citation includes a date by which it must be remedied. This is known as the “abatement date.” Failure to Abate violations occur when an employer fails to remedy a cited violation by this deadline, and can carry a fine of up to $12,000 per day beyond the abatement date.
Staying Compliant with Mobile Inspection
When it comes to OSHA citations, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Safety is not a one-off directive, it’s a habit. Established protocols and regular safety inspections can help you to identify hazardous situations early and prevent incidents before they happen. Mobile Inspection lets you stay on top of inspections with automated scheduling and reporting, as well as a built-in corrective action rules engine that ensures that safety violations are remedied and not ignored. OSHA compliance can be daunting, but we’re here to help!
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