Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - 18

How Safe is
Your Jobsite?
By Mitchell Smith, Pike Consulting Group

As I think back over the last 10 years in the construction
industry, all of the changes that have occurred come to
mind. The way the industry has reshaped itself after the
housing downturn, the companies that have risen out of
the ashes and the ones that never rekindled themselves.
The names that were the heavy-hitters before, never to be
spoken of again, or those that renamed and revitalized.
The changes that strike me the most are those in safety
and OSHA compliance. Before 2010, we never heard the
words safety or OSHA spoken in meetings or much less
on the jobsite. This fact has definitely changed over the
last years.
With the increased presence of OSHA in the residential
housing industry, there are great changes that we have
made in safety and compliance. This is not only to keep our
workers safe, but also to protect our companies from not
getting these large OSHA citations. Some OSHA citations:
* Serious - $12,675 per violation
* Failure to abate - $12,675 per day
* Willful or repeat - 126,749 per violation
Today, keeping the subcontractors safe and following
the federal standards are at the top of the list as much
as framing walkthroughs and pre-closing quality checks
were in the past. The truth is that no one ever wants to see
anyone get hurt or killed on a jobsite. Yet the reality was
and still is that it happens. On the average 19 workers are
killed every week in the construction industry, the majority
being in the residential industry. The reasoning is that
commercial construction has had the federal standards
enforced longer than residential construction has.
Anyone who has ever searched the OSHA website knows
how difficult it is to fully understand what the federal
government is requiring a company to establish and
implement to be compliant.
Let me make a very complicated issue simple for you.
There are five major components to compliancy:
1. Every company is required to create and establish a
safety and health management program that addresses

all hazards that not only our
regular employees are faced
with, but also what our
subcontractors are faced
with as well. The laws are
written so that the company
that has overall jobsite authority
and control is ultimately responsible for the safety
of anyone on the jobsite working. CFR 1926.16
2. Once the hazards are identified and procedures
created to safely navigate these hazards, the
workers facing these hazards are required to be
trained on how to safely navigate these hazards.
This training needs to be conducted by an OSHA
authorized trainer in the construction field. This
authorization is obtained by completing a series of
courses at an OSHA outreach-training center, along
with successful testing to complete. The candidate
also has to prove a 5-year minimum of experience in
the construction safety field and then another series
of courses and testing to receive the authorization
to conduct training. A trainer has to re-qualify every
four years to keep this authorization. CFR 1926.20 (f)(2)
3. Companies are required to conduct ongoing training
with employees and subcontractors to refresh
and renew these safety protocols. You may know
these as toolbox or tailgate talks. CFR 1926.20 (f)(2)
4. All companies are required to conduct periodic
and frequent jobsite, worker and material

OSHA compliancy is not a switch that can be
turned on and off. Instead, we need to relate
our company compliancy to a wheel.
18 FALL 2017 |

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017

Letter From the President
Education and Events Calendar
Marketing to Millennials: Engage a Tech-Savvy Market by Planning Upfront
Virtual Tours Make Homes Memorable
Legal Corner
Education
Bookstore
55+ Housing Council
Sales and Marketing Council
Pwb Atlanta Chapter
Homeaid Atlanta
Earthcraft
Index to advertisers/advertisers.com
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Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - cover1
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Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - 6
Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - Letter From the President
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Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - Education and Events Calendar
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Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - Marketing to Millennials: Engage a Tech-Savvy Market by Planning Upfront
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Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - 14
Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - Virtual Tours Make Homes Memorable
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Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - Legal Corner
Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - Education
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Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - Bookstore
Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - 55+ Housing Council
Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - Sales and Marketing Council
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Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - Pwb Atlanta Chapter
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Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - Homeaid Atlanta
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Atlanta Building News - Fall 2017 - Earthcraft
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