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OSHA Roundup for Aug. 19, 2013

August 19, 2013


OSHA withdraws proposed rule regarding revisions to SHARP inspections in light of adverse stakeholder comments.

With confirmation and swearing in of a second commissioner, OSHRC has a quorum and can begin ruling on cases again.

MSHA policy letter states that OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard is compatible with MSHA requirements.

Notable proposed fines

$1.14 million for fall protection violations, among others, to a steel manufacturing plant in Ohio with a history of fall hazards and employee injuries

$267,434 to a San Antonio cabinet manufacturer for alleged combustible dust hazards

$251,330 to a Hawaiian refrigerated food warehouse for a variety of safety violations, including locked exit doors and obstructed exit routes

$161,000 to a communication utilities contracting company for toxic chemical and electrical hazard violations, and $2,000 to a Kansas City, MO, restaurant for an alleged deficient emergency action plan, both in connection with the death of a restaurant worker in an explosion and fire

$148,400 to a Texas manufacturer for machine guarding violations and alleged amputation hazards

$143,000 to an oil company in Texas for alleged electrical, fire, machine guarding and health hazards

$127,400 to a Georgia farm in connection with a grain bin entrapment

$87,260 to a Pittsburgh candy factory for guarding and protection equipment violations in connection with an injury to an employee whose hand was crashed

$50,000 to a concrete block manufacturer in Lindenhurst, NY, in connection with a worker’s arm amputation

Happening this week

Aug. 22-23 – Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health meeting

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Aug. 19:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
917 Silica (proposed rule)
636 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
418 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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