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OSHA roundup for Feb. 9, 2015

February 9, 2015


Residential construction employers in Arizona must now comply with federal standards for fall protection following OSHA’s rejection of the state’s standards.

OSHA would get a $40 million funding boost under President Barack Obama’s budget proposal.

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Notable proposed fines

$1.76 million to a global furniture manufacturer based in Wisconsin for allegations of unsafe working conditions that in 36 months led to more than 1,000 injuries, including amputations

$287,440 to a Chicago-based contractor for allegations it failed to provide personal protective clothing and hygiene facilities for workers who were exposed to lead while sandblasting a bridge

$201,000 to a New York medical center for allegations it exposed workers to laundry contaminated with body fluids and failed to provide protective clothing

$158,020 to an auto parts manufacturer and temp agency for allegedly exposing workers at an Alabama facility to electrocution, amputation and fall hazards

$122,500 to an Ohio food box manufacturer for lockout/tagout violations related to its die-cutting and paper-sorting machines

$113,300 to a New York-based roofing contractor for fall protection violations related to workers being exposed to falls as high as 25 feet

$110,200 to a Dallas-based plating shop for allegations it exposed workers to hexavalent chromium

$85,000 to a paper and packaging manufacturer in Ohio for energy control procedure violations after electrical equipment shocked a maintenance worker

$44,800 to a steel manufacturer in Houston for fuel cylinder, electrical and guarding violations related to a cutting-table explosion that killed an employee

$28,000 to an Ohio aluminum parts manufacturer for lockout/tagout violations in connection with an extrusion press fatally crushing a worker who had reached in to remove unprocessed parts

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Feb. 9:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
158 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
87 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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