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OSHA Roundup for April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

Happening this week

April 28 – Workers Memorial Day

April 28 to May 4 – Several OSHA-sponsored Workers Memorial Day events occurring throughout the country, including in California, Florida, New York and Texas

Notable proposed fines

$211,000 to a grain facility cooperative in Montana for violations of confined space procedures, obstructed exit routes and exposed electrical wiring

$124,000 to a Houston sheet metal fabricator for allegedly exposing workers to unguarded machinery

$106,100 to a Florida manufacturer for hexavalent chromium violations

$46,200 to a sewer installation company in North Dakota for an excavation violation following a trench collapse in which a worker’s leg was broken

$23,800 to a Pennsylvania paving company for lockout/tagout violations, among others, in connection with the pinning death of a worker

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of April 28:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
68 Recording and Reporting Requirements – NAICS Update and Reporting Revisions (final rule)
13 Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (prerule)

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.

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