OSHA Roundup for Aug. 19, 2013
OSHA withdraws proposed rule regarding revisions to SHARP inspections in light of adverse stakeholder comments.
With confirmation and swearing in of a second commissioner, OSHRC has a quorum and can begin ruling on cases again.
MSHA policy letter states that OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard is compatible with MSHA requirements.
Notable proposed fines
$1.14 million for fall protection violations, among others, to a steel manufacturing plant in Ohio with a history of fall hazards and employee injuries
$267,434 to a San Antonio cabinet manufacturer for alleged combustible dust hazards
$251,330 to a Hawaiian refrigerated food warehouse for a variety of safety violations, including locked exit doors and obstructed exit routes
$161,000 to a communication utilities contracting company for toxic chemical and electrical hazard violations, and $2,000 to a Kansas City, MO, restaurant for an alleged deficient emergency action plan, both in connection with the death of a restaurant worker in an explosion and fire
$148,400 to a Texas manufacturer for machine guarding violations and alleged amputation hazards
$143,000 to an oil company in Texas for alleged electrical, fire, machine guarding and health hazards
$127,400 to a Georgia farm in connection with a grain bin entrapment
$87,260 to a Pittsburgh candy factory for guarding and protection equipment violations in connection with an injury to an employee whose hand was crashed
$50,000 to a concrete block manufacturer in Lindenhurst, NY, in connection with a worker’s arm amputation
Happening this week
Aug. 22-23 – Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health meeting
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