Osha audits can appear out of the blue. If your construction business isn't up to regulation, you can expect a hefty fine. How can you prevent a Department of Labor auditor from showing up and interrupting business operations? We'll explain why an OSHA audit occurs and how you can minimize the chances of an out-of-nowhere inspection.
The Department of Labor consists of two subdivisions: OSHA and the Wages and Hour Division (WHD). OSHA oversees federal safety compliance laws. OSHA audits may be random or a response to an employee or client report of a potential safety violation. The average fine for a first-time offense is $12,000. Repeated violations can easily exceed that amount.
WHD, as you can probably guess, oversees worker salary to ensure employers are meeting salary and overtime pay requirements.
Our advice is to periodically conduct a self-audit. Obviously, staying in compliance 24/7 is easier said than done. OSHA, after all, has hundreds of regulations divided into 29 categories. One way to make self-auditing easier is to use a construction management app. This automates much of the recordkeeping. On-site workers can mark off a virtual safety checklist, and HR administrators can keep track of timesheets of when employees punch in and out.
Plus, most apps are synced on the cloud. Everyone has access to the same information even as the data is updated in real time.
Much of safety compliance revolves around equipment operation. Active Excavator Rentals continuously maintains their excavators and breakers and hoe packs to ensure they're safe for use. Contact us to learn about our rental inventory. Your operators, in turn, must use the machinery in a responsible and safe manner. This ensures you're in the clear should an OSHA auditor abruptly show up.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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