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What Every C-Level Executive Should Know About OSHA, Fall Protection, and Willful Violations

Although C-Level managers rely heavily on Environmental, Health, and Safety managers to keep employees safe, there are specific provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act* that demand their personal attention.  Board room executives are not expected to personally execute inspections to identify fall hazards or document actions taken to remediate unsafe working conditions, but they are responsible for supervising the completion of these tasks.  Failure to do so may result in what OSHA terms, a “willful violation”.  What’s more, C-Level managers may be found personally and criminally liable for willful OSHA violations.

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Did You Know?

According to OSHA, the distance from a leading edge does not mitigate the hazard? Any leading edge over 4 feet in general industry and 6 feet in construction is considered a hazard.