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OSHA has announced that it will extend for three months its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction – to March 15, 2013. Those measures include priority free on-site compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, measures to ensure consistency, and increased outreach.
OSHA's updated General Industry Digest – a booklet that summarizes General Industry safety and health standards to help employers, supervisors, workers, health and safety committee members, and safety and health personnel learn about OSHA standards in the workplace – is now available
OSHA has cited ATW Automation Inc. for nine safety violations after a worker sustained blunt force trauma injuries at the company's machine manufacturing facility in Dayton, Ohio. The worker was caught and pinned by a conveyor that had lowered during a "power down" process, and he died from his injuries a few days later.
Can OSHA survive annual budget cuts of 8% as projected in the cliff scenario? Like any organization, budget cuts at OSHA will be difficult. Cuts to OSHA are likely to have a disproportionate effect on workers in small workplaces, workers with English as a second language and non-union workers. All workers have the right to a safe workplace and OSHA’s job is to make certain that workplaces are safe from recognized hazards.
A company in Nebraska that allowed workers to enter grain bins while sweep augers were operating has been cited by OSHA for three safety violations. CPI-Lansing LLC, a grain storage facility in Red Cloud, was inspected in May under OSHA’s grain handling local emphasis program. Proposed penalties total $144,400.
After an unexpected release of hazardous materials that led to the temporary shut-down of Dover Chemical Co. and an adjacent highway in Ohio in May, OSHA has cited the company for 47 health and safety violations. Although no injuries were reported as a result of the incident, OSHA opened an investigation focused on the agency's standards for process safety management, known as PSM, at facilities that use highly hazardous chemicals.
A pilot who was fired after blowing the whistle on pilot certification fraud was ordered reinstated by OSHA. The whistleblower, a pilot from Illinois, alleges that he was asked to falsify a pilot certification for a training flight he performed with another pilot.
OSHA has cited Williams & Davis Boilers Inc. with nine safety violations - including one willful, four repeat and four serious - for continuing to expose workers to fall and other hazards at the company's facility in Hutchins. Proposed penalties total $131,670.
An employer notified of fire hazards in August of 2011 failed to take corrective action, says OSHA – resulting in injuries to two workers. The agency has cited Vann Energy Services LLC in Nixon, Texas with 13 safety and health violations – including two willful and three repeat – for exposing workers to flash fires and other hazards.
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