April 7, 2020 INDEPENDENT ROOFING CONTRACTORS OF CALIFORNIA, INC. WWW.IRCC.ORG
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CAL-OSHA says "It's not Us" involved in Job-site COVID 19 Inspections, Fines and Shut-Downs
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CAL-OSHA SAYS REPORTS ON ROOFTOP COVID 19 COMPLIANCE INSPECTIONS BY ITS FIELD AGENTS ACCOMPANIED BY FINES AND SHUT DOWNS ARE NOT OCURRING
Possible Local Agency Inspections or 'Scams'?
CAL-OSHA Sacramento Compliance office manager John Hussman says for the past week or so CAL-OSHA offices throughout the state have been getting concerned calls regarding COVID-19 compliance inspections are untrue, and he's unsure where these rumors are coming from.
IRCC Executive Director John Upshaw had called the CAL-OSHA to run down the inspection reports as an IRCC contractor reported that his job had been fined and shut down by such an agency inspection. He had also called to request some collaborative assistance with developing an emergency guidance webinar on COVID 19 job set up protocols for IRCC members.
Hussman encouraged field managers, foremen to make sure they properly identify anyone who steps on the physical job site, particularly those representing themselves as connected to a public agency. "It's unwise to just let anyone on the job. Find out who you are dealing with.
IRCC Associate member and collaborating apprentice program and CRU safety trainer, Jeff Eckmann of Safety Compliance Company, says he has had reports of scam artists representing themselves as CAL-OSHA officials who have issued on-the-spot citations and collected on the spot cash fines.
Admittedly, said Upshaw, contractors need to make sure their field leaders are prepared and trained to handle any kind of 'intervention' from either public agencies or scam agents.
It seems like in any 'crisis' or emergency period, says Upshaw, these parasites seem to crawl out of the woodwork, particularly in the uncertain compliance environment surrounding the current coronavirus environment.
And CAL-OSHA's John Hussman at the Sacramento consultation office concurs: "Such 'inspection invents' could very well be the result of local agency controls, but we have been uninformed about any of these."
Take a photo of the inspector, get his or her card, and define upfront what the scope of the inspection is pertaining to, and ask for any specific authority or lawful statute related to their presence. Be safe, alert and always document any unexpected visitation from an outside party - whether they say they're legitimate or not.