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OSHA Roundup for May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013

Review counter

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

# of Days
812 Silica (proposed rule)
531 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
313 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.


Workers Memorial Day was April 28, and acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris called for “renewed vigilance” on occupational safety, which he said was good for the economy.

OSHA launches initiatives on fall prevention and temporary worker safety.

The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health set to meet later this month.

Notable proposed fines

$213,000 to a Florida roofing company for allegations of failing to protect workers from fall hazards

$106,000 to an Alabama-based smelter in connection with a fatal workplace fall from a ladder

$88,000 to an Anheuser-Busch facility in Houston for allegedly exposing workers to carbon dioxide and other hazards while work was being done in brewery cellars

$9,000 to a Montana wildlife casting agency in connection with the mauling death of a 24-year-old trainer

Happening this week

May 7 – Memorial service and hard hat procession in New York for construction workers killed on the job

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