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OSHA Roundup for March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013
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Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of today:

# of Days
763 Silica (proposed rule)
482 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
264 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (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.

Notable proposed fines

$86,000 to an Ohio plastics plant that was also placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program for alleged hazardous energy control violations

$73,150 to a masonry company in Pennsylvania for alleged fall hazards

$70,840 to a New Jersey-based contractor for alleged scaffolding and fall hazards

$65,800 to an Ohio manufacturing facility for guarding hazards that led to the amputation of a worker’s finger

$54,000 to a Montana-based asphalt company in connection with a worker’s fatal fall

$47,710 to New England Wood Pellet for alleged fire and combustible dust hazards at plants in Schuyler, NY, and Deposit, NY

$47,700 to a manufacturer for alleged airborne lead and other hazards at its Niagara Falls, NY, facility

Happening this week

March 18 – Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health meeting (.pdf file) on updating OSHA construction standards

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