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OSHA Roundup for July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013


Industry coalition calls on OSHA to withdraw a letter of interpretation allowing union representatives at non-union worksites during an inspection.

Notable proposed fines

$82,600 to a Colorado metal fabricator for guarding violations connected to a worker’s amputation injury

$77,000 to a Georgia glass product producer in connection with a worker whose finger was amputated while removing a glass mold from a bottle shaping machine

$62,300 to a supermarket and restaurant equipment remanufacturer in Georgia for several alleged hazards including fire, explosions and falls

$50,400 to a Hawaiian concrete manufacturer for a variety of violations, including failure to adequately evaluate workplace hazards and failure to protect workers from amputation hazards

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of July 15:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
882 Silica (proposed rule)
601 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
383 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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