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12th inspection in 6 years: OSHA fines construction company $1.5 million
Saying it “demonstrated indifference towards the safety of their employees,” OSHA has issued $1,523,710 in fines to a Florida construction company.  Roofing contractor Great White Construction Inc., based in Jacksonville, faces 14 violations. On Feb. 3, 2017, an OSHA inspector observed employees working on a multi-story building in St. Augustine without using proper fall protection. […] [MORE]
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:45 +0000

2 workers hospitalized in separate incidents: $1.92 million in OSHA fines
Following a long history of noncompliance according to OSHA, the agency has issued $1,922,895 in fines to an aluminum manufacturing company after inspectors learned two employees were hospitalized in separate incidents.  Aluminum Shapes LLC of Delair, NJ, faces 51 safety and health violations in connection with the two incidents. The first incident occurred when employees […] [MORE]
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:00:34 +0000

3 die in confined space; OSHA fines employer $119K
This tragic story provides an important reminder to workers about confined spaces: If they don’t have the proper equipment and training to perform a rescue, they’re risking their own lives by going in to help a co-worker.  OSHA has cited Douglas N. Higgins Inc. and its related contracting company, McKenna Contracting LLC, with 10 serious […] [MORE]
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:00:33 +0000

OSHA delays deadline for electronic recordkeeping: Will the new rule survive?
Just days before the compliance deadline, OSHA delayed the date to report injuries and illnesses under its new electronic recordkeeping rule. Some are wondering if the Obama-era rule is on the chopping block.  OSHA published the final rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, on May 12, 2016. The reg required about 466,000 employers […] [MORE]
Fri, 07 Jul 2017 10:00:51 +0000

OSHA: Beryllium rule update, comments requested on VPP
Despite the lack of a nominee to head OSHA under the Trump administration, the agency continues to make changes, including one proposal to the beryllium standard.  A proposed rule would modify OSHA’s beryllium standard for the construction and shipyard sectors. Representatives of the two industries had raised concerns that they didn’t receive a meaningful opportunity to […] [MORE]
Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:00:28 +0000

Employee falls 37 feet onto co-worker; $189K in fines
Oregon OSHA says workers for this construction company were exposed to hazards that could cause death or serious injury as they worked to restore the Ross Island Bridge in Portland.  An employee was working on an upper deck of a suspended scaffolding system when he fell through a ladder opening, landing on an employee who […] [MORE]
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:00:02 +0000

Trench collapse kills worker, but company doesn?t learn its lesson: $714K in fines
You’d think after an employee died in a trench collapse a company would follow good practices during excavation projects. That wasn’t the case with this company.  OSHA says Arrow Plumbing LLC failed to provide trench collapse prevention and didn’t train its employees about excavation hazards. The employee died on Dec. 15, 2016, when a 12-foot trench […] [MORE]
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:00:39 +0000

Son killed, father injured in confined space; $249K fine
One worker died and his father was seriously injured in a confined space case in Texas. Now OSHA has fined a tank cleaning company almost a quarter of a million dollars.  Freeflow Services LLC of Port Arthur, TX, faces $249,564 in fines for 30 violations. According to OSHA, on Nov. 4, 2016, an employee opened the […] [MORE]
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:00:32 +0000

Worker pulled into machine, crushed to death; $226K in fines
Jonathan Gilmore, 26, was killed when he was pulled into a machine and crushed. Now OSHA has issued the employer more than $226K in fines.  The death occurred at Gulf Cable LLC in Milton, FL, on Nov. 29, 2016. The company manufactures electrical cable. Gilmore was trying to guide electrical wiring cable into a re-spool machine when he was […] [MORE]
Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:00:05 +0000

OSHA delays new recordkeeping rule
Larger employers and those in certain high-risk industries that were supposed to electronically submit injury records to OSHA by July 1 will get a break from that deadline.  On OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements webpage, an update has been added that states: “OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness […] [MORE]
Thu, 18 May 2017 15:29:36 +0000


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