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OSHA Roundup for March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015
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Employees are increasingly taking on more of the financial burden of their workplace injuries and illnesses, and employers must do more to protect workers, OSHA says in a new report.

Cal/OSHA launches a new campaign aimed at better protecting roofers from falls.

Newly launched Local Emphasis Program from Michigan OSHA is focusing on the wholesaler industry.

Maine OSHA warns employers about the costs associated with falls and chemical hazards in two new reports.

Stay safe while removing snow, OSHA advises in new hazard alert.

Notable proposed fines

$186,200 to a Florida contractor for allegedly exposing workers to fall hazards without providing protective equipment

$181,500 to a Pennsylvania masonry contractor for unsafe scaffolding that OSHA said could have toppled from a strong wind gust

$113,300 to a coal slag facility in Wisconsin for repeat and serious citations based on alleged amputation and crushing hazards, and exposure to hexavalent chromium

$110,000 to an Illinois manufacturing plant for hazardous materials training, respiratory protection and personal protective equipment violations related to an explosion that severely injured two temporary workers

$86,900 to a shipping terminal in Connecticut for allegedly exposing workers to chemical, fire and explosion hazards while the workers attempted to contain a flammable and explosive chemical spill

$63,000 to a New Jersey distribution warehouse for various electrical violations following the electrocution of an employee

$58,410 to a scrap metal recycling facility in Denver for confined space and lockout/tagout violations related to the death of a worker who was working inside a scrap metal baler that turned on

$55,100 to a Mississippi furniture manufacturer for electrical safety training and lockout/tagout violations in connection with the electrocution of a worker

$53,800 to an Alabama subcontractor and a general contractor for a trench collapse that killed a day laborer

$6,300 to a national home improvement chain for struck-by hazards following a worker being fatally pinned by a forklift at a Nebraska warehouse

Happening this week

March 9-12 – Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Conference

March 10 – OSHA Safety Day Training Conference in Dixon, IL

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of March 9:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
 
186 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
115 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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