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OSHA Roundup for May 13, 2013

May 13, 2013

Review counter

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

# of Days
819 Silica (proposed rule)
538 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
320 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.


Secretary of Labor-designate Thomas Perez calls worker safety “critical.”

The AFL-CIO’s annual Death on the Job report outlines what needs to be done to improve workplace safety, including adding additional OSHA inspectors.

Notable proposed fines

$105,000 to a Texas propane supplier for process safety management violations in connection with a November 2012 fire that injured seven workers

$79,310 to a Maine sawmill for alleged lockout/tagout violations

$74,610 to a Colorado Springs, CO-based dairy food manufacturer for a variety of alleged hazards, including falls and unguarded machinery

$73,000 to a Georgia carpet manufacturer for allegations it exposed workers to chemical and electrical hazards, as well as other violations

$72,380 to an Illinois construction contractor for alleged cave-in hazards during a trenching operation

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