NLBMDA has some words for OSHA
Citing legal concerns, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is urging the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to withdraw "Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses," its proposed injury and illness reporting rule.
The rule would increase the frequency with which employers had to report injury and illness data (in new electronic formats), as well as treat the data as public information.
"The release of injury and illness reports could lead to mis-characterizations about an employer’s safety record," said NLBMDA president and CEO Michael O’Brien. "OSHA is proposing to release this information without context or clarifications about each incident. This creates the opportunity for, and will likely result in, misuse of the information."
Under the proposed rule, companies with more than 250 employees would have to submit reports on a quarterly basis. Those with 20 or more employees — and in high-risk industries like LBM — would have to submit the reports once a year.
O’Brien added that the public posting of the data "would punish good actors and reward bad actors by creating the incorrect presumption that employers with several reports operate with hazardous work conditions and those with few or no records are workplaces with very safe conditions. The opposite is likely to be true because employers that keep meticulous records and diligently report to OSHA are more likely to closely monitor safety conditions and quickly correct any issues that may arise at the workplace than those that fail to report."
Frank Ruperto joins Rayonier
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Rayonier has hired Frank Ruperto as senior VP corporate development and strategic planning, effective March 31, to assist the company with achieving its future growth priorities. Upon the previously announced separation of the Performance Fibers business, Ruperto will lead the strategic growth and long-range planning initiatives for the new performance fibers company.
Ruperto has about 25 years of investment banking experience in mergers and acquisitions to Rayonier. Most recently, he served as managing director, mergers and acquisitions for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and previously served as head of global industries M&A for Banc of America Securities. Prior to that, Ruperto served as managing director, M&A at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith.
“We’re pleased to have Frank join our senior management team at this critical stage in our company’s development. Frank will lead our strategic, long range planning process and additionally begin identifying strategic opportunities that will position us for future adjacent growth,” said Paul Boynton, chairman, president and CEO of Rayonier. “Frank’s strategic thinking and experience in corporate transactions, along with his knowledge of the industrial and specialty chemical sectors, will allow him to play a critical role in our future. We have worked with Frank for more than a decade and know that adding his skill set to our team will enhance shareholder value.”
Rayonier is an international forest products company with three core businesses: Forest Resources, Real Estate and Performance Fibers.