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Keep Your Safety Plan Short to Avoid Liability

Article-Keep Your Safety Plan Short to Avoid Liability

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According to panelists at a recent health and safety conference held by Associated General Contractors of America, updating your company’s safety program could help you when facing a potential OSHA fine.

One approach to rewriting your safety guidebook is to change verbiage. Kevin Moorhead, safety director for the St. Louis-based Korte Company rewrote his several-hundred-page book following an accident on the job site. In retooling the language, he changed that workers' “must” or “shall” do something to “should” instead.

That’s because, according to Howard Mavity, attorney at Fisher Phillips’ Atlanta office, OSHA or lawyers deposing a contractor post-accident, injury or fatality can use a detailed safety rulebook against them.

For more information, read the original article on Construction Dive, our sister publication, here.


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