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Congress votes to repeal OSHA?s 5-year recordkeeping rule
Using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has passed a measured to rescind an OSHA rule that requires companies with more than 10 employees to keep injury records for five years.  President Trump is expected to sign the measure. The vote nullifies OSHA’s rule, “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records […] [MORE]
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:30:35 +0000

OSHA delays effective date of new beryllium rule
Employers will have some additional time to comply with the new beryllium rule.  OSHA has decided to delay the effective date of its beryllium rule from March 21, 2017 to May 20, 2017. The additional 60 days is in line with a White House memo, “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” issued Jan. 20, 2017. The memo directs […] [MORE]
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:00:49 +0000

Are OSHA?s recent penalty increases against the law?
What happens when two federal laws regarding OSHA penalties conflict with each other?  That’s a question that the courts may have to take up. Travis Vance, an attorney with Fisher Phillips who deals with OSHA and MSHA matters, writes in the firm’s blog that the recent penalty increases may not be valid. First, some background. […] [MORE]
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:00:32 +0000

Worker crushed to death by 3,000-pound concrete form: $135K OSHA fine
A Wisconsin company faces a $135,804 OSHA fine in connection with a worker’s death in August. A 3,000-pound concrete form fell on the worker and crushed him to death.  OSHA issued two citations to Huffcutt Concrete of Chippewa Falls: A General Duty Clause willful citation: One of the two hooks on a hoist wasn’t fully […] [MORE]
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:00:29 +0000

OSHA: Worker was demoted for blowing whistle on safety
OSHA says there’s reason to believe an airport maintenance manager was demoted because he spoke to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about safety deficiencies at the facility.  Abdul-Malik Ali, former Director of Field Maintenance for the City of Cleveland-Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, had expressed concerns about a lack of ice-melting chemicals and staffing during winter […] [MORE]
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:00:27 +0000

Has OSHA eliminated its proposal to publish workplace injury data?
A yet-to-be-implemented part of OSHA’s recent revisions on reporting workplace injuries may not go into effect at all.  Under the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, OSHA had planned to post information on its website from these electronic submissions by employers: Forms 300, 300A and 301 from all establishments with 250 of more employees […] [MORE]
Sat, 04 Feb 2017 04:54:26 +0000

Reminder: Post OSHA injury summary Feb. 1
An annual OSHA requirement kicks in Feb. 1.  OSHA requires many employers to post Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, each year starting Feb. 1 through the end of April. The summary is for the previous calendar year (2016). Employers should post the form in a common area like a break room or […] [MORE]
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:00:43 +0000

OSHA fines go up again ? but much less than last time
Maximum OSHA fines are increasing for the second time in a year.  The U.S. Department of Labor announced the increases which take effect with any citations issued after Jan. 13, 2017, even if the inspection occurred on an earlier date. Here’s the breakdown: maximum repeat and willful: $126,749 (was $124,709) maximum serious and other-than-serious: $12,675 […] [MORE]
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:00:33 +0000

Company settles lead exposure case with 29 violations for $700K
A Wisconsin company will pay a $700,000 fine and take additional steps after OSHA said it exposed 14 workers to dangerous lead levels.  Fraser Shipyards of Superior had been fined $1.395 million after OSHA found the workers had lead levels up to 20 times the allowed exposure limit. The settlement is for about half that […] [MORE]
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:00:43 +0000

Labor Secretary exit message: Reject false choice of profits or safety
Workplace injuries and illnesses must not force families out of the middle class. That’s the message from Labor Secretary Thomas Perez as he prepares to leave office.  In a Memorandum to the American People, Perez uses his “Cabinet Exit Memo” to summarize the work of the Labor Department in the last eight years and also […] [MORE]
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:00:35 +0000


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