Welding and Hot Work

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My name is Deontaye Chisholm and I run and own Safety Comes First Consultants. I have been contacted by a local welding company that has just been issued several serious safety citations for violating 29 CFR 1910.252 (a) (2) (iii) (B) and 29 CFR 1910.252(b) (2) (i) (A). My service has been retained and I have scheduled a meeting with management to discuss an immediate action plan to implement corrective actions at their facility.

I open up the meeting with a brief introduction of my company’s history and my background in the safety field. After the introduction I get down to business, I go into deliberation about the violations. I explain to the management team that the fines accumulated from the violations can be negotiated in hearing. I advised them that a considerable reduction could be negotiated if the company implemented corrective measures that could reduce or eliminate the hazards that there company was fined for.

I introduced the management team to a proven system management system called the PDCA The Plan-Do-Check-Act concept. (pg. 36) I break down the concept so that it easily understood what type of transformation that I am going to take their company through. The PDCA processes, as follows: Plan: Establish the objectives and processes necessary to deliver results in accordance with customer requirements and the organization’s policies. Do: Implement the Processes

Check: Monitor and measure processes and product against policies, objectives, and requirements for the product and report the results. Act: Take actions to continually improve process Performance.

Now that management is aware of the process plan it’s time to put it to action. It’s now time to discuss there violations and the reason why they were fined. 29 CFR 1910.252 (a) (2) (iii) (B) is the code regulation for Firewatchers. The managers begin to tell me that have not been using firewatchers when they conduct hot work in their facility. I explain to them that this is an...
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