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OSHA Roundup for June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014


OSHA releases a bulletin to help prevent injuries and deaths from falls and falling objects during tree care work.

An expected population boom caused by an increase in oil and gas operations has prompted OSHA to expand its Lubbock, TX, district office to an area office.

A new OSHA brochure outlines implementing a safe patient-handling program to help prevent musculoskeletal disorders among nursing home and residential care workers.

Notable fines

$449,680 to a chemical company in Wisconsin for violations related to process safety management, including failing to establish safe operating procedures, develop safety information for equipment, correct problems, and perform tests and inspections in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation

$182,270 to a New Jersey-based beverage company and temporary agency for willful and repeat violations following a temporary worker was injured falling from a ladder

$145,200 to a Wisconsin lumber company for violations related to excessive noise and amputation hazards

$125,282 to a lumber company in Houston for failing to fix hazards related to machine guarding

$121,660 to a food processing company in Louisiana that allegedly failed to protect workers from overexposure to carbon dioxide, dangerous machines and other safety hazards

$72,000 to a Florida-based construction company after a bridge panel fell and fatally crushed a worker

Happening this week

June 26 – OSHA Summer Summit safety and health conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of June 23:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
125 Recording and Reporting Requirements – NAICS Update and Reporting Revisions (final rule)
70 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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