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OSHA Roundup for Jan. 5, 2015

January 5, 2015


OSHA and NIOSH partner to create recommended practices, aimed at staffing agencies and host employers, for better protecting temporary workers  

Oregon OSHA publishes best practices for the landscaping industry

Notable proposed fines

$283,600 to a Texas pipe plant for allegedly failing to mitigate previously identified hazards, including failures to guard and shut down machinery

$237,400 to a New Hampshire concrete company and a Massachusetts staffing company for alleged falling, crushing and excessive noise hazards

$132,040 to six separate employers for allegedly exposing workers to asbestos, lead and electrical hazards while renovating an Illinois school cafeteria

$129,000 to a Louisiana graphics company for violations of lockout/tagout, confined space and electrical standards after a worker’s hand was severely injured in a moving printing press

$70,000 to an Ohio-based landscaping company for exceeding manufacturer guidelines for a utility task vehicle, which ran over and killed a tree trimmer in Pennsylvania

$44,730 to a crane operator in connection with an incident in which a crane struck and killed a teen worker, who had been directed to stand in an inadequately marked danger zone at a Missouri construction site

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Jan. 5:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
123 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
52 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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