Inspection Process Best Practices

Inspection Process Best Practices Publication: Occupational Health & Safety Magazine
Issue: August 2012

At the start of the safety regulations for construction, OSHA calls for “frequent and regular inspections of the job sites, materials, and equipment to be made by competent persons designated by the employers.” Unfortunately, OSHA does not go on to state how this should be done or what to do with the observations collected during this process.

As a result, many see the act of doing the inspection as a finite process with no post-action required. For example, I once asked a forklift operator to see his inspection records. The operator beamed and gladly handed me a stack of forklift inspections. During my review, I noticed that each inspection for the last few weeks had the same hazard noted: the brakes were requiring more effort to stop the vehicle. I asked the operator about this and he said that it had been reported, yet nobody had gotten back to him about it. But the job went on, day after day, with a clear hazard noted but not corrected. Read the full article here.  

Cary Usrey

Written by Cary Usrey

Cary Usrey has been at Predictive Solutions since March 2007. As a Process Improvement Leader, Cary is responsible for implementing best practices for customers seeking to prevent worker injuries. He coaches customers through an assessment, goal-setting, and goal measurement process that is designed to maximize safety improvement and widespread organizational engagement, from the field to leadership. Cary started his career in the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program. After leaving the Navy, he served as the Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance Director at Adirondack Resource Recovery Associates, a waste-to-energy power plant in upstate New York, where he was employed for over twelve years. Following this, Cary took a position with Turner Construction, where he served as the Business Unit Safety Director for the upstate New York office for approximately three years. Cary has graduated with his Associate's Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado, is a member of the Central FL chapter of the ASSE, and has served on the Board of Directors for the VPPPA (Region II).

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