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OSHA roundup for July 23, 2012

July 23, 2012


Proposed House funding bill would block OSHA initiatives such as I2P2 and enforcement of some residential fall protection rules.

OSHA announces temporary enforcement policy for Cranes and Derricks Standard.

Agency administrator David Michaels says OSHA is learning from European Union leadership about occupational safety and health.

Notable proposed fines

$195,100 to a Nebraska-based meatpacking facility for alleged violations related to the asphyxiation death of a worker

$92,115 to a Georgia meat processor and distributor for a variety of alleged struck-by and electrical hazards

$92,100 to a Long Beach, CA-based maritime company for alleged violations related to the death of a worker who was crushed by a shipping container

$89,100 to a New Jersey contractor for alleged repeating of fall hazard violations at a New York worksite as part of OSHA’s campaign against deadly falls

$79,300 to a Georgia manufacturing plant for allegations that workers were not protected against hexavalent chromium

$47,600 to a concrete recycling company in Newark, NJ, for allegations that a crushing death of a worker was caused by machine guard violations

Review counter

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.

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

  • 525 days – Silica (proposed rule)
  • 244 days – Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
  • 26 days – Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)

Happening this week

July 23 – Deadline to submit comments for OSHA’s final rule updating head protection standards

July 24 – Deadline for federal government agency staff to register for free OSHA training on July 31-Aug. 2 at the OSHA Training Institute

July 24-25 – Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health and its workgroups meet in Seattle

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