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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

Worker loses part of arm in shredder; OSHA fines company $570K
Just over a year ago, OSHA cited this company for machine hazard violations. Eight months later, a man lost part of his arm due to similar hazards, and the company faces a half-million dollar fine.  Autoneum North America, an auto insulation manufacturer near Toledo, OH, faces $569,463 in proposed fines after an OSHA investigation. OSHA […] [MORE]
Mon, 15 May 2017 10:00:39 +0000

3 amputations in 2 months: $484K in OSHA fines
This company corrected violations found in a previous OSHA inspection, but didn’t apply the fixes to other pieces of equipment. Now, three employees have suffered amputations, and the company’s wallet is a lot lighter.  OSHA conducted three inspections last fall at Napoleon Spring Works Inc. in Archbold, OH, and fined the company $484,007 for two […] [MORE]
Thu, 11 May 2017 10:00:03 +0000

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

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