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OSHA Roundup for Dec. 22, 2014

December 22, 2014


Congress approves, and President Barack Obama signs, a budget agreement providing OSHA with a slight funding increase.

In the new Congress, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) will be the ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Notable proposed fines

$162,500 to a beer company’s New Jersey distribution warehouse for allegedly exposing permanent and temporary workers to hazards related to chemicals and powered industrial trucks

$140,000 to an Ohio auto part manufacturer for lockout/tagout and auditing violations

$139,200 to a New Jersey nail polish manufacturer and two staffing agencies for allegedly exposing permanent and temporary workers to fire, explosion and chemical hazards

$109,400 to a Wisconsin food manufacturer for allegedly having employees working in the extreme cold without being provided personal protective equipment

$103,000 to a chain discount store in Delaware for improperly storing boxes after an inspector witnessed an employee being struck by falling boxes

$58,410 to an Ohio food manufacturer for electrical and guarding violations in response to a worker’s shock injury and another worker’s finger amputation

$52,000 to a San Antonio meat processing plant for guarding and chemical violations following an inspection in response to an employee being fatally struck by a vehicle

$42,000 to a New York supermarket for several violations – including blocked exit aisles and misuse of portable ladders – stemming from an inspection prompted by a forklift fatally crushing an employee against a wall

$7,000 to a Nebraska automotive manufacturing plant for allegedly failing to protect workers from excessive heat, following a worker’s kidney failure

Happening soon

Jan. 1 – OSHA’s new reporting requirements go into effect 

Jan. 2 – Deadline to submit nominations for membership in the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

Review Counter

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

# of Days OSHA Proposal
109 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
38 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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