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OSHA Roundup for Aug. 17, 2015

August 17, 2015


OSHA updated its 9-year-old National Emphasis Program on amputations in light of recent enforcement data.

Notable proposed fines

$1.9 million to an Illinois construction company for allegations of willfully exposing workers to asbestos hazards, failing to provide workers personal protective equipment and not telling workers about the presence of asbestos-containing materials at the worksite

$861,500 to a chicken processing plant in Ohio for 53 violations related to amputation, fall and electrical hazards

$235,800 to an Ohio emergency medical transport company for allegedly failing to protect employees from bloodborne pathogens by not requiring them to use gloves and face masks, and failing to train workers about hazardous workplace chemicals

$171,270 to an Ohio plastic molding company for failing to report an amputation of a worker’s four fingers, and for failing to train the employee about safety requirements

$7,000 to a construction company for exposing workers to struck-by hazards following an investigation into a 40-year-old crane operator’s death at a wind energy construction site in Nebraska

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Aug. 17:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
46 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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