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OSHA Roundup for Sept. 22, 2014

September 22, 2014


Employers should design out hazards and stop blaming workers, OSHA administrator David Michaels says.

Temporary workers deserve the same protections as full-time staff, safety leaders say.

Fall protection is No. 1 on the list of OSHA’s Top 10 most frequently cited violations for fiscal year 2014.

Nearly $11 million in OSHA training grants were awarded recently.

To help protect workers from Ebola, OSHA has released resources and guidance documents.

Notable proposed fines

$235,700 to a masonry contractor in Pennsylvania for scaffolding and fall protection violations at a Philadelphia construction site

$234,900 to a Texas limestone manufacturer for allegedly exposing workers to unguarded machines, electrical hazards and hazardous noise 

$126,700 to a Cleveland manufacturing plant for machine guarding and lockout/tagout violations

$120,120 to a grain elevator company in South Dakota for confined space and fall protection violations in connection with an employee’s fatal engulfment

$58,000 to a welding company in Boston for an alleged failure to implement an effective fire prevention and protection program in connection with a blaze that killed two firefighters

Happening this week

Sept. 24-25 – Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference, sponsored in part by Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Sept. 22:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
18 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
160 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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