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OSHA Roundup for April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015


Several OSHA-sponsored Workers Memorial Day activities are occurring throughout the country.

Ahead of a national education campaign, OSHA releases a new video highlighting the dangers of falls in the construction industry.

OSHA issues new fact sheets on filing various types of whistleblower complaints.

Notable proposed fines

$490,000 to a Pennsylvania environmental services company for allegedly exposing workers to asbestos hazards during the removal of pipe insulation

$199,000 to an Ohio paint company for several violations stemming from a scaffold collapse that killed two painters

$179,388 to a lumber yard in Georgia for fall and trip, electrical, and training violations

$116,200 to a discount chain store in Texas for emergency exit and storage violations

$115,500 to an Atlanta-based air filter manufacturer for lockout/tagout violations following a worker coming into contact with moving parts and suffering a broken wrist and severe lacerations

$103,000 to an Illinois metal home siding product manufacturer for amputation hazards

$58,700 to a Mississippi contractor for fall violations in connection with the death of a worker who fell more than 20 feet from a balcony

Happening this week

April 28 – Workers Memorial Day

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of April 27:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
235 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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