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OSHA Roundup for April 18, 2016

April 18, 2016
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Following a new Government Accountability Office report highlighting the prevalence of violence in the health care field, congressional Democrats push OSHA for a standard that would address the issue.

Notable proposed fines

$280,000 to a Georgia roofing contractor for fall and eye protection violations at Florida worksites

$172,700 to a manufacturer of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling technologies in Houston for a variety of hazards, including struck-bys and amputations

$121,880 to a Michigan painting contractor for allegedly exposing employers to lead at a Pennsylvania worksite

$112,700 to a medical technology employer for guarding violations that resulted in amputations of two workers’ fingers at a Nebraska facility

$107,620 to a discount chain store in Mississippi for alleged blocked exits and failure to inspect fire extinguishers

$50,400 to a Texas humanitarian relief company for lockout/tagout and machine guarding violations following a feed auger amputating a worker’s hand while cleaning the machine

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of April 18:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
 
196 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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