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Report: OSHA should do more to ensure correction of violations
The Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) says OSHA didn’t ensure employers took adequate measures to require correction of violations in 16% of citations in FY 2015.  Based on a random sample of 200 violations, in 28 cases, OSHA didn’t ensure employers abated hazards, according to OIG. Of the 28 citations: abatement wasn’t completed […] [MORE]
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:00:15 +0000

Nearly $1.5M in fines for 2 worker deaths in unprotected 12-foot deep trench
Imagine this: You’re working in an unprotected trench when, not only does it collapse but a nearby fire hydrant instantly floods the excavation with water. Two men met their deaths in Boston that way, and now their employer faces a seven-figure fine.  OSHA has fined Atlantic Drain Service Co. Inc. $1,475,813 for 18 willful, repeat, serious […] [MORE]
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:11 +0000

Repeat violations add up: $261K in OSHA fines
One OSHA inspection with violations can be expensive enough. But follow-up visits from the agency can be even more costly when violations are labeled “repeat,” as this manufacturer found.  OSHA conducted a follow-up inspection of A & D Wood Products Inc. in Elida, OH, a container and pallet manufacturer, on Oct. 5, 2016. The agency […] [MORE]
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:00:18 +0000

OSHA delays implementation of silica rule for construction
It’s a short delay, but OSHA wants more time to develop employer guidance for the new silica rule.  Originally scheduled for June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017. OSHA wants to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. The agency determined additional guidance is necessary due to the unique […] [MORE]
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:00:55 +0000

Employer and staffing agency face almost $280K in OSHA fines after complaint
An OSHA practice started during the Obama administration appears to continue: fining both an employer and staffing agency for the same case.  Following a complaint, OSHA inspected Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas in Monroe, GA, in August and October 2016. The agency issued citations to Hitachi totaling $237,923. The motor vehicle parts manufacturer was cited for one […] [MORE]
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:00:08 +0000

Congress votes to repeal OSHA?s 5-year recordkeeping rule
Using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has passed a measure 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

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