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OSHA Roundup for March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013

Review counter

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

# of Days
756 Silica (proposed rule)
475 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
257 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.


OSHA releases an internal review of its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Meetings to take place next month on crane operator requirements, OSHA announces.

OSHA revokes scaffold variances after declaring they were no longer necessary.

The Department of Labor turned 100 last week.

Notable proposed fines

$369,000 to an Ohio automotive manufacturer for allegations of exposing workers to electrical, lead and machine guarding hazards

$160,000 (.pdf file) to a Mississippi poultry processing employer in connection with the death of a worker who slipped and fell into an unguarded screw conveyer while cleaning it

$93,500 to an Illinois lawn and garden manufacturer following a complaint of a worker amputation injury

$82,000 to an Illinois construction equipment manufacturer for violations related to the struck-by death of a worker

$22,400 to a Pennsylvania natural gas producer and operator in connection with the flash fire-related death of a worker

Happening this week

March 12 – “OSHA Safety Day” training conference in Dixon, IL

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