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OSHA Roundup for July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013


OSHA seeks to raise awareness of grain industry hazards.

OSHA launches a National Emphasis Program on isocyanates.

Notable proposed fines

$157,000 to a Nebraska plumbing company in connection with the death of a worker caused by a trench collapse

$120,000 to a Texas manufacturer for allegations of exposing workers to asbestos and other hazards

$70,000 to a Houston manufacturer for guarding violations in connection with a worker’s amputation

$53,900 to a North Dakota grain elevator company for fall protection violations related to the fatal fall of a worker

$28,000 to a North Dakota trucking company in connection with a tanker explosion that killed a 19-year-old worker

Happening this week

June 24 to July 3 – OSHA-sponsored safety stand-down for construction employers in New York and New Jersey to prevent falls

Review counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of July 1:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
868 Silica (proposed rule)
587 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
369 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (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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