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OSHA Roundup for Feb. 16, 2015

February 16, 2015


Efforts to strengthen workplace safety regulations and increase fines in Wyoming die in the state legislature.

OSHA issues a health warning about fumigants in the grain industry.

Notable proposed fines

$179,000 to a trucking company in Ohio for permit-required confined spaces and fall hazard violations cited for allegedly failing to test and properly vent the atmosphere while cleaning transport tankers

$119,000 to a St. Louis-based trucking terminal for propane hazards in connection with an explosion that injured four workers

$114,800 to an Indiana-based communication tower maintenance company for fall protection violations related to a painter’s fatal fall at an Illinois worksite

$108,800 to an automotive product manufacturing facility in Maine for guarding violations that put workers at risk of lacerations and amputations

$7,600 to a Nebraska roofing company for failing to provide fall protection to two workers who later suffered a 16-foot fall, killing one and injuring the other

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Feb. 16:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
165 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
94 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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