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OSHA Roundup for Jan. 26, 2015

January 26, 2015


A small-business panel has issued a report recommending that OSHA halt action on a proposed rule to regulate infectious disease exposure, stating that regulation and guidance already are in place in health care and related industries.

Notable proposed fines

$535,000 to a subcontractor and a general contractor for a lack of fall protection in connection with an apprentice ironworker’s fatal 30-foot fall at a Missouri construction site

$241,500 to an Illinois grain storage company for caught-in and amputation hazards following a worker’s leg getting entangled in a mechanical auger

$77,000 to a residential construction company for fall protection and training violations after a high school student was severely injured in a fall at a Delaware worksite

$56,000 to a New Jersey technology company for lack of training and response plans in connection with a chlorine gas leak that sickened four employees

$55,000 to a management company for housekeeping and forklift violations related to an explosion and fire that killed one worker and severely burned another at a Kansas fireworks warehouse

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Jan. 26:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
144 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
73 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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