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OSHA Roundup for Sept. 23, 2013

September 23, 2013


OSHA names 70 recipients of $10.1 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants.

After a year in which Hawaii’s OSHA program shared its enforcement duties with federal OSHA because of deficiencies in the State Plan program, the state resumes sole enforcement of the manufacturing sector.

OSHA works with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety to promote National Farm Safety and Health Week.

Notable proposed fines

$336,200 to a Massachusetts construction contractor for fall protection violations in connection with a worker injury

$137,400 to a Missouri manufacturer for lockout/tagout violations related to a worker’s finger amputation

$81,000 to a Delaware plastics company for machine guarding violations following multiple employee injuries

$69,200 to a steel erection and roofing contractor in Alabama for alleged fall hazards related to injuries suffered by three employees working outdoors during a thunderstorm

$33,000 to a waste management company and a temporary labor provider in Texas for the heat-related death of a worker

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Sept. 23:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
671 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
453 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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