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AGC panel: An overly detailed safety plan can be a liability

January 20, 2023

Ensuring your company’s safety program is set up to protect you when facing a potential OSHA fine is a challenging needle to thread.

That was the message from a group of panelists highlighting “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” of contractors’ safety programs during the Associated General Contractors of America’s health and safety conference Thursday.

Kevin Moorhead, safety director for the St. Louis-based Korte Company, said he recently rewrote his several-hundred-page safety guidebook following an accident on the jobsite. One approach he took was retooling verbiage, changing language that workers “must” or “shall” do something to “should” instead.

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