OSHA Roundup for Nov. 9, 2015
OSHA fines will nearly double and be allowed to increase with inflation, thanks to a provision included in a congressional budget deal signed last week.
A new study suggests citations and penalties can help reduce workplace injuries, prompting OSHA to tout its enforcement program.
California health care employers will have to adopt a workplace violence prevention program, according to a new regulation proposed by the state’s occupational safety and health standards board.
A recently launched Regional Emphasis Program will focus on poultry industry employers in four southern states.
OSHA’s webpage on hazard communication has been updated to include a new design providing easier access to guidance documents and frequently asked questions.
Notable proposed fines
$393,500 to an Ohio steel plant for fall protection, lockout/tagout and electrical violations stemming from an injury in which a crane’s safety latch failed and 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on a worker
$105,000 to a roofing contractor in North Dakota for fall protection violations found during an inspection prompted by a forklift platform tip-over that seriously injured a worker
$103,600 to a Wisconsin food product manufacturer for lockout/tagout, confined space, electrical and chemical violations
Happening this week
Nov. 13 – Deadline to submit requests to speak at Dec. 1-2 Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health meetings
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