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OSHA Roundup for Jan. 11, 2016

January 11, 2016


The Department of Labor’s claim that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission can impose enterprise-wide abatement may proceed to trial, an administrative law judge recently ruled.

Do you have something to say about OSHA’s proposed beryllium rule? Let them hear it.

Notable proposed fines

$162,800 to a discount chain store in Texas for allegedly failing to keep unobstructed exit routes and store aisles, as well as ensuring a clear working space around an electrical panel

$152,460 to a New Hampshire roofing contractor for fall protection, guarding and scaffolding violations

$140,000 to a Pennsylvania bridge repair company for cave-in protection violations following a fatal trench collapse

$115,500 to a roofing company in Florida for fall protection violations

$53,900 to a Florida framing contractor for fall protection violations related to the 19-foot fatal fall of a worker at a residential construction site

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Jan. 11:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
98 Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (final rule)
21 Silica (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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