• Let’s Fine the Emloyees

    If you have been in the HR trenches at some point  you have had to, no doubt, had to do some employee safety training at some point,  And while many of the staff, where ever you may be, tend to yawn when it comes to safety training, I often find myself defaulting back to this.  I tell them, the trainees, that this stuff is important to me, because I do not want to have to be the Company employee who has to contact the family and say,”Mrs. Ryan there has been an accident,,,”

    Good Companies work very hard to ensure that their employees are aware of safety rules and laws.  But there are those employee who refuse to follow the rules, to do what they are supposed to do.  What then should an employer do to get them to be compliant?   Recently I have been following a debate in the industrial safety circles where the conversation centers on OSHA fining employees.

    As I contemplated this, I got to thinking about another group of employees- those who drive.   Whether you are a truck driver, a sales manager or a claims adjuster there are those employees who must drive to get their job done.  So while they are doing their job, if they break the rules (run stop lights or speed) there is the chance that they may receive a traffic citation – a ticket.

    So what would be so wrong with an employee being fined by OSHA during an inspection. Here is the scenario;  during an OSHA inspection an employee is found not to be wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment,   Upon investigation it is found that the  employee has been trained and provided with the equipment.  It is even discovered that the employee has previously recieved discipline for not wearing their PPE.  So to look at this another way, this would be this employee “speeding”.  What is wrong with giving the employee a “PPE Speeding Ticket” ?

    According to a few blogs I have read, something similar to this is now going on in Canada.  I think this would add a level of accountability to both employer and the employee as well.  Employee fines would also be something else for safety trainers to hold over the head of their trainees as well.  We could be in the situation now where the employer is threatening to call OHSA to come to their place of business to see and fine non-compliant employees – or maybe they might already in the facility and have s PPE trap already set-up.









  • Will one Tragedy lead to Others?

    Last Saturday night something awful happened here in the mid-west.  Just in case you missed this,

    The Indiana State Fair Tragedy

    a storm blew in to the Indiana State Fair.  There was  a significant burst of wind on the leading edge of the storm, which lead to the stage rigging falling down and sadly killed 5 people. Once this occurred, I already conceived the aftermath and some of what will transpire as a result of this event.

    First is the lawsuits.  By the time I get this posted I would bet $100 that there is at least one suit filed. The facts aren’t even in yet but damn it, we have litigation going..

    How could this happen? The hue and cry of those who will need someone’s head on a platter.  It will be someone like the State Fair Manager, someone from the National Weather Service, the sub-contractor who erected the rigging – take your pick; someone will be hung out to dry.

    The naming of a memorial.  While this is probably fitting to those who lost their lives, nonetheless, it is oh so predictable.

    And lastly the thing, which in my mind will be the most abhorrent.  There will be legislative investigations/ witch hunts.  Then there will be the new OSHA standard on stage rigging. It will speak to the size of the metal, the thickness of the guide-wires needed,  the number of bolts and supports needed,  training requirements, and then shutdown guidelines (e.g. if severe weather is forecast no one can be within 2000 feet of the stage.)  It will happen.

    Now,I  know I am being a little callous here but I can see all of this happening.  It was a tragic accident and I have the utmost sympathy for those who lost loved ones.  However let’s not let this event be the ruination of outdoor events or drive the cost of tickets up another $100 per show.