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OSHA Roundup for Oct. 19, 2015

October 19, 2015
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A guidance document to determine whether two entities are joint employers would require OSHA inspectors to delve into financial matters and take time away from safety issues, House GOP subcommittee members warn.

Notable proposed fines

$963,000 to a railcar cleaning company in Nebraska for hazardous materials, chemical, fall and electrical violations related to an explosion that killed two workers

$122,000 to a glass manufacturer in Missouri for personal protective equipment and chemical training violations related to a worker’s third-degree burns stemming from molten glass bottles igniting oil residue

$112,500 to an Ohio manufacturer for allegedly exposing workers to several hazards, including operating machinery parts, falls, electrical and confined space

$106,200 to a McConnellsville, NY-based furniture manufacturer for guarding, fall and electrical violations

$52,500 to an Illinois-based poultry processing facility for guarding and lockout/tagout violations following the amputation of part of a worker’s finger

$47,600 to a drainpipe installer in Arkansas for excavation violations following a cave-in that injured a worker

$14,700 to a Missouri drilling contractor for crane violations stemming from a fatal incident in which a worker was struck in the head by a fallen piece of rebar

Happening this week

Oct. 19 – OSHA’s proposal on streamlining the process to implement changes to State Plan states goes into effect 

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Oct. 19:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
 
109 Walking/Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (final rule)
14 Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (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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