Gary Auman,
President of Auman, Mahan & Furry

A Few Myths About Having a Safe Worksite

Wednesday, March 6 from 9:50–10:50 am

Myths to be discussed and dispelled: Because your company has never had an accident, you are in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations and have a safe worksite. The only person in danger when someone violates a safety rule is the person violating the rule. A tag on a piece of equipment that it is out of service can still be used it if someone gets it to operate. Any rules about working more than 6 feet above the ground apply only if the worker is going to spend more than 15 minutes “up there.” Safety rules apply only to nonmanagement personnel, not to the owner or supervisor. If your idea of a safety program is to give employees a copy and tell them to read it and then get to work, this session is for you.

What You Can Do to Avoid Accidents and OSHA Citations

Thursday, March 7 from 8:10–9:10 am

Compliance with the regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and having a safe workplace are not necessarily the same thing. A construction company can have all the right programs in place and still have an unsafe worksite. Learn about the critical need to train (intelligently), audit (constantly), and enforce (consistently and objectively). You’ll leave this session knowing how to make your safety program more than a booklet or a piece of paper and instead a substantive program that safeguards the well-being of your employees and is a credit to your company.

NFBA Safety Panel: Implementing a Safety Program

Thursday, March 7 from 9:20–10:20 am

Increase your understanding of what it takes to implement a safety program and learn about best practices in safety. Take this opportunity to discuss the complex safety issues facing today’s post-frame industry—everyone benefits when we share our knowledge and experience.

The NFBA Safety Program Template

Thursday, March 7 from 10:30–11:30 am

NFBA now offers its members a safety program template, but what does that mean for your company? It means you now have every reason—and the proper tools—for constructing a solid safety program that will put you in a good position to defend your company in a case with a regulator or a plaintiff. You’ll learn the importance of customizing your safety program rather than using an “off-the-shelf’ approach, and hear about a number of refinements you can make to your safety program so that it serves you and your employees well.

About Gary Auman

Gary is the president of Auman, Mahan & Furry. Gary's law practice has evolved into increased OSHA defense. While still involved in client matters on Ohio Workers' Compensation, Gary represents employers across the United States in a broad range of OSHA matters. He is general counsel to two national, two regional, and two trade associations and is a resource to them in matters of health and safety and OSHA defense. A busy national litigation schedule frequently finds him on the road. When in town, Gary devotes any free time as chair-elect to the board of trustees for United Rehabilitation Services and as a board member of the Dayton/Miami Valley Safety Council. He is past chair of numerous volunteer associations, including the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, and Dayton Chapter of Aa Special Wish Foundation.