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OSHA Roundup for March 22, 2016

March 22, 2016


OSHA’s long-awaited final rule on silica is expected soon, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said at a recent House committee hearing.

Notable proposed fines

$105,000 to a Wisconsin-based construction company after an 18-year-old worker was struck and killed by a forklift in Minnesota

$91,000 to an Ohio-based construction staffing firm for a trench collapse that killed a worker installing a sewer line

$2,400 to a Missouri-based contractor for violations related to a worker being hit and killed by a tree during logging operations

Happening this week

March 22 – Nominations due for membership in OSHA’s National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

March 25 – Free OSHA-sponsored evacuation and emergency planning training in Texas in recognition of the 105th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of March 22:

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

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs – part of the White House 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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