OSHA Roundup for Aug. 20, 2012
In this week’s OSHA Roundup, learn what updates the agency has made to its maritime enforcement procedures and read a summary of last week’s major penalties for OSHA violations.
OSHA updates its directive on enforcement procedures for inspections at longshoring operations and at marine terminals.
Notable proposed fines
$185,900 to a New Hampshire foundry for lead exposure violations
$140,000 to a now-shuttered Pennsylvania poultry plant for citations related to alleged fall and lockout/tagout hazards, among others
$91,000 to a Massachusetts heavy equipment operator stemming from a March incident where a crane struck an overhead power line and injured a worker
$77,400 for alleged fall hazards found at three different worksites – including one where a worker died from a fall – overseen by a Connecticut contractor
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.
Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of today.
- 553 days – Silica (proposed rule)
- 272 days – Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
- 54 days – Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
Happening this week
Aug. 23 – Final day to comment on a proposal for federal OSHA to partially take over enforcement in Hawaii
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