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OSHA Roundup for Sept. 29, 2014

September 29, 2014
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News

The compliance date for OSHA’s crane operator certification has been pushed back three years.

Hawaii OSHA to regain full oversight of general industry in the state in October.

Michigan OSHA launches a pilot program offering free safety videos to state employers in the accommodations industry.

Notable proposed fines

$168,000 to a Massachusetts electrical contractor for crane violations related to the deaths of two workers, killed when a crane they were working on tipped over

$134,400 to a communications company for failing to conduct an engineering survey and providing equipment in poor repair, among other violations, in connection with a cell phone tower collapse that killed two workers in Kansas

$133,900 to a rail car repair company in Nebraska for confined space violations following a worker suffering respiratory inflammation from welding work inside of a rail car

$130,200 to an Ohio aluminum plant for allegedly exposing workers to amputation and fall hazards, among other citations

$51,000 to a Georgia electrical contractor for electrical and personal protective equipment violations in connection with serious burns suffered by a worker

$14,000 to a contracting company in Nebraska for failure to train workers following the death of one employee, and a second who was injured, after being struck by an excavator bucket

Happening this week

Oct. 5 – Deadline for nominations for the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Sept. 29:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
25 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
167 Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (prerule)

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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