Note: Apologies for the later-than-usual post – I was out of town getting married.
OSHA seeks stakeholder comment on a proposal to update the agency’s PSM standard.
Notable proposed fines
$460,350 to a New York painting and stucco contractor for fall protection and scaffold violations
$133,000 to a rail car refurbishing facility in Kansas City, KS, for failing to abate previously cited violations, including exposing workers to falls and atmospheric hazards
$131,600 to a optical equipment manufacturer based in Victor, NY, for failing to abate previously cited violations, including unguarded moving parts and unapproved use of electrical equipment
$117,000 to a Illinois metal coil manufacturer for several violations, including lack of fire protection training and lockout/tagout procedures, and failing to provide machine guarding and overhead crane inspections
$50,400 to a cellular tower company in connection with a worker’s fatal fall in Mississippi
$7,000 to an Illinois electrical contractor in connection with the heat-related death to a worker on his first day on the job
Happening this week
Dec. 12 – Deadline to submit intentions to appear at a March 28 meeting in Washington on OSHA’s proposed Crystalline Silica Standard
Dec. 13 – Deadline to submit intentions to appear at a Jan. 9 meeting in Washington on OSHA’s proposed recordkeeping rule
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