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OSHA Roundup for May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015
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Several safety leaders on Workers Memorial Day called for more concentrated efforts to protect workers from on-the-job death and injuries.

OSHA issues its final Confined Spaces in Construction Standard, with requirements scheduled to go into effect Aug. 3.

The Protecting America’s Workers Act has been reintroduced; it would modernize the nearly 45-year-old Occupational Safety and Health Act.

The AFL-CIO’s latest report highlights gaps in worker protections and what is needed to improve OSHA.

Notable proposed fines

$124,780 to an Illinois roofing and construction employer for fall and ladder violations during a re-roofing project at a residence

$103,800 to an upstate New York hotel soap and shampoo manufacturer for allegedly exposing workers to chemical and fire hazards, as well as blocked emergency exit routes

$60,900 to a Texas energy company for failing to protect workers from hydrogen sulfide in an incident in which workers were directed into an area containing the gas; one worker subsequently required hospital treatment

$49,000 to an Ohio metal stamping company for lockout/tagout violations after a power press crushed a workers hand, leading to the loss of three fingers

Happening this week

May 4-15 – OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

May 6-8 – Pacific Coast Safety Fest

Review Counter

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

# of Days OSHA Proposal
 
242 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed 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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