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Agriculture Is On OSHA's Radar - Big Time!

Posted by Don Tyler on Dec 27, 2016
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If you have a dairy operation in Wisconsin or upstate New York, or a pork production facility in Minnesota, or a feedlot in the plains states, you know that OSHA has been looking at you with greater intensity.  Sources close to the agency tell us that OSHA has focused on the chemical industry, manufacturing and construction over the last 30 years and feel that they now have those industries well-established with clear protocols and robust monitoring.  With Agriculture being the last high-risk industry that they haven’t targeted for significant improvements, it’s only logical that they would go here next.


OSHA increased their fines last year by 80% for most infractions, so the price could be even higher for ag businesses who fail to follow all areas of compliance.  And OSHA doesn’t care that we are in a bit of a financial slump right now across all areas of agriculture.  There has never been a more crucial time to ensure that you are compliant with all regulations.  You can’t afford any major financial losses from fines and citations, and we certainly don’t want to overlook the fact that we need to do everything we can to help our employees Get Home Safe every night.

Safety training is great insurance.  Studies show that for every $1.00 you spend on safety training you get $4.00 to $6.00 back in reduced insurance premiums, lower medical costs, reduced fines and increased employee satisfaction.  Not to mention the savings in equipment repairs and property damage that inevitably occur with some injuries.

At Good Day’s Work we want to do all we can to help you meet your compliance obligations for safety training.  No one can guarantee that a specific activity or training will ensure your compliance. Your best and least expensive insurance is having a consistent training program based on OSHA’s regulations, that provides individual tracking of employee performance, and clearly indicates that you are doing your due diligence for the wellbeing of your employees.

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Topics: OSHA law & compliance, insurance/ risk management

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