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OSHA Roundup for July 20, 2015

July 20, 2015
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News

The Department of Labor extends the deadline to comment on a proposed guidance for an Executive Order that requires contractors seeking federal jobs to disclose any OSHA-cited violations.

Need tips to help protect workers from heat illness? Check out OSHA’s latest video outlining precautions workers should take in hot weather.

OSHA issued a new directive outlining procedures for carrying out inspections in situations in which workers are exposed to tuberculosis.

Using kinesiology to treat workers is considered first aid and injuries requiring the tape are not recordable, OSHA says in a reversal of a previous interpretation.

Notable proposed fines

$321,750 to a Texas metal equipment component manufacturer for powered industrial truck, mechanical power press, and eye/face protection violations

$188,760 to a steel fabricator in Texas for allegations of exposing workers to unguarded machinery, improperly stored oxygen cylinders and other hazards

$153,090 to Florida construction contractors for allegations of fall hazards and lack of eye protection at residential construction sites

$116,100 to a refrigeration company in Florida for violations that include failing to follow good engineering practices and not completing action items on process safety hazard analysis

$105,000 to an Ohio rubber seal and gasket manufacturer for guarding and lockout/tagout violations related to a machine operator’s hand being crushed

$61,695 to an Illinois steel parts manufacturer for guarding violations after a power press crushed a temporary worker’s finger

$43,200 to a pallet manufacturer in Ohio for allegedly allowing a 14-year-old worker to use unguarded machinery, which led to the amputation of the child’s hand

$7,000 to an Alabama social services center in connection with employees being physically assaulted while caring for children and teens

Happening this week

July 20 – Nominations due for the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of July 20:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
 
18 Walking/Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (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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