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OSHA Roundup for Sept. 14, 2015

September 14, 2015


An OSHA-sponsored safety stand-down in Arkansas aims to educate 5,000 workers on amputation prevention.

Notable proposed fines

$188,200 to a bakery in Rochester, NY, for hazards related to one employee’s fingertip amputation while cleaning a conveyor and another employee’s first-degree burn while repairing a valve

$71,700 to a Topeka, KS, food processing plant after an ammonia leak led to an emergency evacuation and one employee undergoing observation at a local hospital

$63,000 to a shipping container fabricator in Illinois for allegations the employer failed to follow machine safety practices that could have prevented the amputation of a worker’s fingers

$50,400 to an Odessa, TX, oil well service employer for personal protective equipment and respiratory protection violations related to an oil rig explosion that killed three workers

Happening this week

Sept. 17 – Deadline to comment on a final rule from OSHA that aims to streamline the process of implementing changes to State Plans.

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Sept. 14:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
74 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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