It does not matter if employees are working in an office or in a trench, employers have a responsibility to provide workers with a safe place to work. When the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act was established in 1970, the regulations included employer responsibilities. Start the New Year off right by ensuring that the CEO and managers at all levels within a company know and understand what these responsibilities are.
Each year, the number of workers killed in off-the-job accidents exceeds the number killed at work by a multiple of more than 10. And as many as 15 million workers are injured off-the-job each year. This means your employees have a greater chance of being injured or killed at home or during leisure activities than while at work.
As utility and excavation contractors, we all know what dirt is because it is the soil we dig in all the time. However, there is another definition of dirt; one that is very important to our industry and every contractor should be familiar with it. DIRT is actually the acronym for Damage Information Reporting Tool.