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OSHA Roundup for Dec. 10, 2013

December 10, 2013

Note: Apologies for the later-than-usual post – I was out of town getting married.


OSHA seeks stakeholder comment on a proposal to update the agency’s PSM standard.

Notable proposed fines

$460,350 to a New York painting and stucco contractor for fall protection and scaffold violations

$133,000 to a rail car refurbishing facility in Kansas City, KS, for failing to abate previously cited violations, including exposing workers to falls and atmospheric hazards

$131,600 to a optical equipment manufacturer based in Victor, NY, for failing to abate previously cited violations, including unguarded moving parts and unapproved use of electrical equipment

$117,000 to a Illinois metal coil manufacturer for several violations, including lack of fire protection training and lockout/tagout procedures, and failing to provide machine guarding and overhead crane inspections

$50,400 to a cellular tower company in connection with a worker’s fatal fall in Mississippi

$7,000 to an Illinois electrical contractor in connection with the heat-related death to a worker on his first day on the job

Happening this week

Dec. 12 – Deadline to submit intentions to appear at a March 28 meeting in Washington on OSHA’s proposed Crystalline Silica Standard

Dec. 13 – Deadline to submit intentions to appear at a Jan. 9 meeting in Washington on OSHA’s proposed recordkeeping rule

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Dec. 10:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
531 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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