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OSHA fines: To shame or not to shame ? is that really the question?
Much has been made about the anti-regulatory tilt of the Trump administration. Creating new regulations is one thing. But when it comes to OSHA enforcement, will there really be big changes? Well, maybe one in particular.  The U.S. Department of Labor, under Trump-appointed Secretary Alexander Acosta, has released its five-year strategic plan. OSHA’s strategic objectives […] [MORE]
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:00:30 +0000

New head of OSHA on the way
President Trump has nominated the head of safety at a large corporation to be the next person in charge of OSHA. What do we know about nominee, Scott Mugno?  Mugno has been the Vice President for Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle Maintenance at FedEx Ground since 2011. He joined FedEx in 1994 as a senior attorney […] [MORE]
Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:52:45 +0000

15 injuries in 5 years, including 3 amputations: $503K OSHA fine
A manufacturer faces $503,380 in OSHA fines following four separate reports of workers suffering injuries at the facility.  In the past five years, 15 workers suffered amputations at BWAY Corporation’s Chicago plant. OSHA found one employee suffered two broken bones in his hand after it was crushed by equipment. Three other employees suffered amputations from […] [MORE]
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:00:51 +0000

OSHA?s top 10 violations for 2017
Which OSHA regulations do inspectors cite most often?  It’s an annual tradition at the National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo: OSHA reveals its preliminary data on the top 10 violations for the federal fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30. The top five most-cited violations remain unchanged from FY 2016. The new entry on the […] [MORE]
Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:40:41 +0000

OSHA: Not calling part-timer for work amounts to whistleblower retaliation
OSHA is seeking a court order against a company, saying it discriminated against a worker for filing a safety complaint with the federal agency.  Stanley Radeski was a part-time, on-call field technician for Environmental Management Specialists Inc. (EMS), based at its Steubenville, OH, office. According to OSHA, in April 2014, Radeski observed hazards at an […] [MORE]
Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:01:26 +0000

61 OSHA violations at one facility: $357K in fines
A serious OSHA violation can earn a fine of up to $12,675. When the number of citations OSHA issues to a single company reaches well into double digits, the employer can expect a huge fine.  OSHA has fined Carthage Specialty Paperboard Inc. of Carthage, NY, $357,445 for 61 violations. OSHA initiated the inspection in response […] [MORE]
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:00:03 +0000

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

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