Employers, managers and supervisors who violate OSHA law may find themselves faced with criminal sanctions as a result of a formal agreement between the Departments of Labor and Justice to work closer with one another.
Appropriations legislation maintains OSHA’s flat funding, but clears the way for the agency to promulgate a silica rule.
Thinking about lying to OSHA? One employer did regarding the circumstances of a worker death, and he’s now facing 25 years in prison.
Lawmakers reintroduced legislation that would require OSHA to promulgate a health care industry standard requiring the use of mechanical lifts and other safe practices to better protect nurses from musculoskeletal disorders.
A new OSHA bulletin warns employers about carbon monoxide explosion hazards in the steelmaking industry.
Notable proposed fines
$157,080 to an Illinois manufacturing facility for alleged metal, machine and electrical hazards, among others
$131,440 to an Ohio plaster and masonry contractor for alleged fall hazards at two construction sites
$116,270 to a Florida textile facility for guarding and lockout/tagout violations for an incident in which a fiber-processing machine started unexpectedly and removed all the skin from a worker’s wrist and hand
$88,200 to an Ohio printing facility for machine guarding violations after three employees suffered amputation injuries
Dec. 28 – Deadline to submit nominations for membership on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health
OSHA Roundup will be taking next week off for the holidays. Check back Jan. 4 for the first Roundup of the new year.
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