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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

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

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