OSHA Roundup for Oct. 7, 2013
The federal government shuts down because of a funding dispute, and most OSHA workers are furloughed.
Twitter reacts to the government shutdown’s effect on OSHA.
OSHA’s top 10 most frequently violated standards for fiscal year 2013 are revealed at this year’s National Safety Council Congress & Expo.
OSHA launches certification program for local and state government workers.
Notable proposed fines
$171,100 to a rail car maker in Champlain, NY, for health violations related to alleged amputation and guarding hazards, as well as inadequate personal protective equipment
$67,000 to a Vestal, NY-based pipe manufacturer for violations in connection with the struck-by death of a worker
Happening this week
Oct. 10 – Safety Day 2013, sponsored by OSHA and taking place in Chippewa Falls, WI
The federal government shutdown has reduced OSHA staffing levels to 10 percent of pre-shutdown levels. Most activities – including compliance assistance and inspections – have stopped. Until the government shutdown ends, the agency only will respond to fatal workplace incidents or catastrophes, or whistleblower complaints of workers being in imminent danger of death of serious bodily harm.
6 days since the shutdown began.
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