New OSHA guide for Cranes & Derricks

As most of you already know, OSHA published a new Crane & Derrick rule back in August of 2010.  OSHA felt the new rule was necessary because of an uptick in injuries associated with cranes and derricks.

They recently released additional information in their Small Entity Compliance Guide that relates to the new rule.  Incidentally, we recently held a webinar on the new OSHA crane & derrick rule.  You can access it via our Smith Buckley & Hunt’s website or by clicking here.

This information brought to you by Chris Sheppard of Smith Buckley & Hunt Insurance Agency, your Massachusetts construction insurance agent.

Contractual Risk Transfer Webinar

Join us for this complimentary, educational webinar and learn about the risks contractors face through Contractual Risk Transfer. Many contracts contain provisions that transfer large amounts of risk and responsibility directly to the contractor – provisions that can put the Contractor’s future at risk. Expert guest speaker attorney Charles Ahern will explain what contractors need to know before signing any agreement. Tuesday 3/22 at Noon ET – click or copy/paste the URL to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/525864481

This information brought to you by Chris Sheppard of Smith Buckley & Hunt Insurance Agency, your Massachusetts construction insurance agent.

New OSHA Guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

On February 10, OSHA came out with a new directive regarding PPE.  Personal protective equipment must be provided by the employer (at the employers cost).  PPE consists of (in part), goggles, earplugs, and respirators. 

The OSHA enforcement guide clarifies what PPE the employer must provide at no cost to the employee.  Additionally, it allows employers to see if their PPE complies with current standards, and updates PPE enforcement standards.

This information brought to you by Chris Sheppard of Smith Buckley & Hunt Insurance Agency, your Massachusetts contractors insurance agent.

Mass Workers Comp Rates – Flat in 2012

Workers Compensation rates will NOT increase through September 2012,  per an agreement between Attorney General Martha Coakley & insurers.  The insurance industry was looking for a 6.6% increase for 2012.

Believe it or not, Massachusetts contractors pay some of the lowest WC rates in the Nation.  This is good news considering the state of the MA construction industry. 

This information brought to you by Chris Sheppard of Smith Buckley & Hunt Insurance Agency, your Massachusetts contractors insurance agent.

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