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OSHA Roundup for Jan. 12, 2015

January 12, 2015
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Two poultry associations criticize OSHA for penalties issued to a poultry facility, alleging the agency has changed its interpretation of rules.

Notable proposed fines

$408,070 to three employers for allegedly exposing workers to dangerous levels of metal particles and fumes at an Ohio scrapyard

$266,000 to an Illinois liquid feed manufacturer for confined space violations in connection with the deaths of two workers due to asphyxiation and hydrogen sulfide intoxication

$171,600 to an Illinois industrial supply and service company for lead, machine guarding and electrical violations

$152,912 to a Pennsylvania foundry for allegedly endangering workers with fall, machine guarding and sling hazards

$149,800 to four construction companies in connection with an elevator carriage striking and fatally crushing an employee working on a residential project at a Florida university

$123,200 to a construction company for trench-related violations following a fatal trench collapse at a North Carolina site

$102,000 to an Alabama auto parts supplier for allegedly exposing workers to amputation, electrical and struck-by hazards

$87,780 to a Georgia chemical manufacturer for process safety management violations related to a worker’s death following the release of chemical vapors

$84,000 to a Florida plastic bottle manufacturer for lockout/tagout and guarding violations following an incident in which a temporary worker was crushed by a packaging machine and permanently disabled

$42,600 to an Illinois roofing company for allegedly failing to provide fall protection in connection with an employee’s fatal 27-foot fall

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Jan. 12:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
130 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
59 Confined Spaces in Construction (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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