Construction regulations and best practices can be confusing to say the least. A considerable number of myths continue to persist, particularly in the areas of lifting devices, falls and multi-employer sites. We’ll debunk three common myths in these areas to provide the facts you need to run a safe, compliant jobsite.
MYTH: OSHA requires that daily forklift inspections be completed in writing.
FACT: Believe it or not, OSHA does not actually require daily forklift inspections to be documented or written. That means there are no specific record retention times set if you do decide to document your inspections. However, even though not required, using an inspection checklist, either written or electronic, is a good idea for two reasons:
MYTH: You can’t tie off to a mobile construction crane’s hook.
FACT: OSHA’s 1926.1423(j) crane standard states that a personal fall arrest system is permitted to be anchored to a crane/derrick’s hook (or other part of the load line) when all of the following requirements are met:
MYTH: The controlling employer must inspect for hazards as frequently as the employer it has hired.
FACT: The controlling employer is the one who has general supervisory authority over the jobsite, including the power to correct safety and health violations itself or require others to correct them. Control can be established by contract or, in the absence of such provisions, by the exercise of control in practice. The reason a controlling employer is not responsible for all theother contractors onsite is because a controlling employer must exercise “reasonable care” to prevent and detect violations on the site.
The extent of the measures that should be implemented is less than what is required of an employer with respect to protecting its own employees. This means that the controlling employer is not normally required to inspect for hazards as frequently, or to have the same level of knowledge of the applicable standards or of trade expertise as the employer it has hired.