OSHA Roundup for May 4, 2015
Several safety leaders on Workers Memorial Day called for more concentrated efforts to protect workers from on-the-job death and injuries.
OSHA issues its final Confined Spaces in Construction Standard, with requirements scheduled to go into effect Aug. 3.
The Protecting America’s Workers Act has been reintroduced; it would modernize the nearly 45-year-old Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The AFL-CIO’s latest report highlights gaps in worker protections and what is needed to improve OSHA.
Notable proposed fines
$124,780 to an Illinois roofing and construction employer for fall and ladder violations during a re-roofing project at a residence
$103,800 to an upstate New York hotel soap and shampoo manufacturer for allegedly exposing workers to chemical and fire hazards, as well as blocked emergency exit routes
$60,900 to a Texas energy company for failing to protect workers from hydrogen sulfide in an incident in which workers were directed into an area containing the gas; one worker subsequently required hospital treatment
$49,000 to an Ohio metal stamping company for lockout/tagout violations after a power press crushed a workers hand, leading to the loss of three fingers
Happening this week
May 6-8 – Pacific Coast Safety Fest
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