New Day Explores OSHA’s New Silica Regulation at AGC Construction Risk Management Conference

Jeff Slivka, president of New Day Underwriting Managers LLC, recently explored the ripple effects of OSHA’s new silica standard on the legal, insurance, and construction environments at the 2018 Conference on Surety Bonding & Construction Risk Management. Hosted by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) in Naples, Florida, Slivka was joined by Paul Messenger of American Global of Texas; Phil Beck of Smith, Currie & Hancock; Kevin Barry of XL Catlin; and Michael Baker of American Global of Pennsylvania on the panel titled “Getting Beyond OSHA.”

Implemented to eliminate the loss of life and illnesses caused by silica-related diseases, panelists highlighted the potential liability and legal ramifications associated with the handling of respirable crystalline silica in construction applications. Discussed were the steps necessary to protect workers and the environment, while outlining noncompliance penalties. These can range from OSHA fines to personal injury litigation.

According to the industry experts, the documentation process should always begin with detailed recordkeeping demonstrating compliance and employee exposure assessments. Other considerations…

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