OSHA has insufficient controls for VPP, raising questions as to whether program participants are protecting workers, the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General found.
Nearly one-third of top federal wage and safety violators receive federal contracts, according to a new Senate report.
Notable proposed fines
$293,700 an aluminum die casting manufacturing facility in Ohio for alleged struck-by, crushing and amputation hazards
$167,750 to a Connecticut-based welding contractor for allegedly failing to correct previously cited burn, fall and laceration hazards
$150,040 to a Georgia tortilla manufacturer for alleged amputation and caught-in hazards, as well as failing to service and maintenance equipment
$154,000 to a Florida roofing company for a variety of fall and ladder violations following the electrocution of a worker who was repositioning a metal ladder when it made contact with overhead electrical power lines
$147,000 to a prepared food manufacturing plant in Kansas for an alleged unguarded conveyor belt in connection with the severing of a worker’s hand
$119,000 to a Wisconsin foundry for alleged electrical violations in connection with an arc flash that severely burned a worker
$119,000 to an apparel and glassware manufacturing facility in Kansas for allegedly exposing workers to lead, cadmium and inorganic arsenic
$115,500 to a Syracuse, NY-based potato chip manufacturer for violations that include failing to install guardrails and remove damaged electrical parts
$103,000 to an Illinois construction company for allegedly failing to protect workers against falls
$90,090 to an Ohio manufacturer for violations involving guarding and inadequate training in connection with the struck-by injury of a worker that blinded him
$40,500 to a Houston-based construction company and a contractor in connection with a building collapse at the Texas A&M University campus that injured four workers
Happening this week
Jan. 6 – Deadline to submit nominations for membership with the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health
Jan. 9 – Public meeting on an OSHA proposed rule to change recordkeeping requirements
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