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OSHA Roundup for March 4, 2014

March 4, 2014
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An increase in communication tower industry deaths is “unacceptable,” and proper safety precautions must be taken, OSHA chief David Michaels says.

OSHA lays out its Site-Specific Targeting Program for 2014.

Notable proposed fines

$560,000 to a Houston oil and gas industry product manufacturer for machine guarding violations following an investigation stemming from the crushing of a machine operator’s arms

$163,240 to a Pennsylvania foundry for repeat violations that include unguarded platforms and pulleys and electrical hazards, and serious violations for struck-by, fall, amputation and electrical hazards

$138,600 to a Georgia cement manufacturer for lockout/tagout violations

$106,000 to a Milwaukee-based manufacturing facility for a lack of machine guarding

$77,472 to a Wisconsin smelting plant in connection with a worker sickened by exposure to chlorine gas

$56,700 to a concrete product manufacturer in Wisconsin for violations related to the foot amputation of a worker

Happening this week

March 5 – Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Day


Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of March 4:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
13 Recording and Reporting Requirements – NAICS Update and Reporting Revisions (final rule)

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs – part of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget – reviews proposed regulations. The process is required for most rules before they can move forward, and typically takes 90 days.

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