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OSHA Roundup for April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015


A new Request for Information from OSHA seeks input on how communication tower workers can be better protected from hazards.

OSHA is offering $3.5 million in grant funding for nonprofit organizations developing or running safety training programs.

Confused about California OSHA’s new heat illness prevention rules? Check out a guidance document that the agency recently issued.

Notable proposed fines

$171,000 to an industrial dryer manufacturer in Chicago for guarding, powered industrial truck, electrical and training violations

$136,000 to an Ohio metal scrap recycler and its parent company for electrical violations related to the electrocution of a welder

$105,200 to a Fort Edward, NY-based petroleum industry parts manufacturer for a variety of fire- and explosion-related hazards, including allegations of combustible dust, locked and obstructed exit routes, and improperly stored flammable liquids

$90,000 to a utility company in Florida for several violations related to de-energized circuit testing and transformer grounding after an apprentice was electrocuted while repairing transformers

$80,500 to an Ohio iron and steel forging company for machine guarding and training violations after a worker’s fingertip was cut off

$16,800 to an Idaho trucking company for lockout/tagout and other violations related to a truck fatally crushing a mechanic

$9,800 to an Idaho salvage yard for lockout/tagout and powered industrial truck violations cited after a worker was crushed by a van

Happening this week

April 20-21 – OSHA Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee meeting

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of April 20:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
228 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed 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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