Cranes Heat stress

OSHA Roundup for June 3, 2013


Review counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of June 3:

# of Days
732 Silica (proposed rule)
559 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
341 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.


The exemption for digger-derrick operations in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard is broadened.

OSHA launches its third annual Heat Illness Prevention Campaign.

Have questions about OSHA’s proposed delay to implementing its crane operators certification requirements? Here are some answers from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators.

Notable proposed fines

$290,700 to a Massachusetts wood framing contractor for allegations it exposed workers to falls up to 30 feet high

$58,000 to a North Carolina medical company for violations of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard at one of its New York labs

$55,300 to a trailer manufacturer in Ohio for allegations of exposing workers to machine guarding hazards and a lack of personal protective equipment

$50,000 to Walmart for alleged amputation hazards and a lack of emergency eye and body wash stations at a Montana store

Happening this week

June 4 – Safety stand down to raise awareness about the dangers of working in the summer heat at construction sites to take place throughout Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee

June 6 – Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health meeting (.pdf file)

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