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OSHA Roundup for Aug. 3, 2015

August 3, 2015


Employers’ duty to keep and maintain records is an “ongoing obligation,” according to a proposal OSHA published July 29.

OSHA should prohibit direct contact between elephants and handlers to better protect workers, an animal rights organization said in a petition to the enforcement agency.

Notable proposed fines

$169,495 to a Milwaukee leather manufacturer for a lack of proper safety guards, which OSHA alleged could have stopped a steel roller from fatally crushing a maintenance worker

$140,000 to a contractor in Florida for personal protective equipment and fall protection violations at a residential construction site

$112,500 to a marine construction company in Florida for allegedly exposing workers to drowning, fall and impalement hazards

$112,000 to a Texas natural gas company for operator training and documentation violations in connection with the release of flammable gas and liquid that subsequently burned for more than two hours

$85,800 to a Wisconsin bread maker for machinery hazards after a temporary worker’s hand was caught in a packaging machine

$50,000 to a cabinet manufacturer in Montana for housekeeping, electrical and respiratory violations stemming from an inspection prompted by a finish sander’s death related to wood dust exposure

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Aug. 3:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
32 Walking/Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (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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