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OSHA Roundup for Nov. 24, 2014

November 24, 2014


OSHA chief David Michaels reviews upcoming incident reporting requirement changes in a new video.

Nebraska re-launches a Local Emphasis Program targeting employers that use hazardous chemicals such as formaldehyde and methylene chloride.

OSHA’s final rule on confined spaces in construction moved to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review.

Two new fact sheets from OSHA go over the design and erection of scaffolds.

Notable proposed fines

$342,250 to an auto parts maker in Georgia for repeat violations for failure to protect workers from slip and falls, moving machinery, unguarded equipment, and improper storage of gas cylinders

$330,800 to a Michigan-based shipper for alleged electrocution, fall and crushing hazards at a shipping terminal in Massachusetts

$101,000 to a Virginia shipyard for electrical and guarding violations

$41,580 to a New Jersey box manufacturer for lockout/tagout violations stemming from the severe injuries suffered by a worker who was crushed by a die cutter

$22,500 to a Nebraskan dairy in connection with the death of a worker who was struck by a front-end loader

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Nov. 24:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
81 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
10 Confined Spaces in Construction (final rule)

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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