OSHA to conduct 1,000+ fewer inspections in 2014

Enforcement approach being adjusted
April 23, 2013

OSHA has indicated that in FY 2014, it will conduct a total of 39,250 federal inspections – 31,400 safety inspections and 7,850 health inspections.

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GAO gives state workplace safety agencies a failing grade

Lack of resources, high staff turnover affect performance
April 22, 2013

In a report released Friday (pdf), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that some of the state-run occupational safety and health programs have failed to meet minimum workplace safety inspection goals because of state budget cuts, reduced staffing, and policies that limit their ability to retain safety and health inspectors.

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West Fertilizer reportedly downplayed risks at plant

Worst case scenario: Brief release of gas, no injuries
April 22, 2013

The West Fertilizer plant that was the site of last week’s devastating explosion and loss of life had at least 50,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia onsite -- yet the site’s operators told the EPA and public safety officials that it posed no risk of fire or explosion, according to the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).

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OSHA: Pa. health care facility exposed workers to bloodborne pathogen hazards

Penalties total $46,800
April 22, 2013

OSHA has cited Keystone Pain Institute with eight serious health violations involving bloodborne pathogen hazards at the company's Altoona facility. The February inspection by OSHA's Pittsburgh Area Office was prompted by a complaint and resulted in $46,800 in proposed penalties.

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Pilgrim’s Pride cited for repeat violations after worker fatality

Employee gets caught in unguarded hopper
April 18, 2013

OSHA has cited food giant Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. with eight safety violations following the death of a worker who became caught in an unguarded hopper while attempting to remove a piece of cardboard at the company's facility in Canton, Ga.

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Ill. contractor again exposes workers to trench cave-ins

“Not the first time”for Mike Mike Neri Sewer & Water Contractor Inc.
April 17, 2013

OSHA has cited an Illinois contractor for seven safety violations, including three willful, for failing to protect workers from cave-ins and moving soil and chunks of asphalt during trenching operations. The inspection was initiated under OSHA's national emphasis program for trenching and excavation after an OSHA inspector witnessed apparent cave-in hazards while traveling past a construction site in Des Plaines on Oct. 3, 2012.

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Ohio company cited for exposing workers to amputation hazards

Ball Aerosol and Specialty Container cited for same thing in 2009
April 16, 2013

OSHA has cited Ball Aerosol and Specialty Container with 11 safety violations, including seven willful and three repeat, for exposing workers to machine guarding hazards at its Hubbard, Ohio, metal container manufacturing facility. Proposed fines total $589,000.

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Combustible tobacco dust found at Connecticut manufacturing facility

OSHA: Workers were in danger
April 10, 2013

OSHA has cited Nuway Tobacco Co. for 22 alleged serious violations of workplace safety and health standards at its South Windsor manufacturing facility. The tobacco sheet manufacturer faces $59,869 in proposed fines following an inspection by the agency’s Hartford Area office.

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OSHA to CVS: Get an emergency action plan

“Hazards can vary from location to location”
April 9, 2013

OSHA is proposing $40,000 in fines for CVS Pharmacy Inc. for an alleged repeat violation of safety standards following an inspection of the retailer's Red Hook store by OSHA's Albany Area Office begun in January in response to a complaint.

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OSHA citations like déjà vu for NY metal fabricator

Rothe Welding faces $50,000+ in new penalties for old violations
April 4, 2013

OSHA has cited Rothe Welding Inc. of Saugerties for alleged failure to abate and repeat and serious workplace health violations, some of which refer to a previous 2012 OSHA inspection.

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