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OSHA Roundup for May 12, 2014

May 12, 2014


A workgroup in OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health meets to discuss the idea the agency issuing separate best practices for the construction industry on temporary workers.

OSHA should receive additional resources because it would take the agency 139 years to inspect each U.S. worksite once, the AFL-CIO says in the release of its annual “Death on the Job” report.

Notable proposed fines

$210,000 to a New Jersey supplement manufacturer for allegedly failing to correct previously cited violations, including hazards related to noise and dangerous equipment

$196,000 to a Connecticut-based contractor for allegedly exposing workers to potentially fatal crushing injuries and other hazards during a demolish project

$181,000 to a Texas fertilizer operator for violations including failing to train workers on confined spaces and inadequate machine safeguards

$155,900 to an Ohio train equipment manufacturing facility for fall and machine guarding violations

$143,000 to a discount chain store in Delaware for allegations of blocked emergency exits, among other hazards

$88,900 to a Watertown, NY-based general construction company in connection with the fatal fall of an employee

$27,600 to an Idaho homebuilder for housekeeping violations and lack of handrails in connection with an employee’s fall-related injury

Happening this week

May 12 – Nominations for OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee are due

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of May 12:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
82 Recording and Reporting Requirements – NAICS Update and Reporting Revisions (final rule)
27 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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