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House approves measure that prohibits new business regs until unemployment drops

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The House yesterday approved a bill that would prevent federal agencies from implementing any new business regulations until the unemployment rate returns to 6 percent – a level if hasn’t been at in the last 15 quarters.


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Illegal asbestos removal gets Illinois man ten years in prison

Asbestos was placed in plastic garbage bags and dumped in a field
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An Illinois man has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison for the illegal removal, handling and disposal of asbestos from a Kankakee building in August 2009.


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Green job hazards: wind energy - falls

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Workers who erect and maintain wind turbines can be exposed to fall hazards. Wind turbines vary in height, but can be more than 100 feet tall. Exposure to high winds may make work at high elevations even more hazardous. OSHA has different fall protection requirements for construction (installation of towers) and general industry (maintenance).


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Thomson Plastics hazards like déjà vu all over again

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 Thomson Plastics of Thomson, Ga. earned 11 violations during a February 2012 inspection – for some of the same hazards found in an OSHA inspection in February 2010. Penalties for the most recent action – which was a follow-up to the 2010 inspection – amount to $162,800. 


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Trench box on hand but unused, exposing workers to cave-in hazards

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 With a name like Ditchdiggers, you’d think a Ft. Pierce, Florida company would know how to protect workers who are, well, digging ditches. 


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CPR White Paper: The Next OSHA -- Progressive reforms to empower workers

By Thomas McGarity
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The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is one of the surviving monuments of the era of progressive social legislation (extending from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s) during which Congress enacted the nation’s foundational health, safety and environmental laws.


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Workers at Idaho group home attacked by patients

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Increasingly violent attacks against workers at an Idaho group home have led to an OSHA citation and a penalty of $4,900. OSHA has cited South Park Inc., operating as Developmental Options in Pocatello, with one serious violation for failing to provide employees with adequate safeguards against workplace violence.


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Lead exposure concerns at bronze foundry gets whistleblower fired

OSHA orders reinstatement
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An employee who was terminated two days after filing a health complaint with OSHA is the subject of a lawsuit that seeks to have him reinstated and paid back wages.


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NJ worker crushed in a conveyor belt; no machine guarding

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OSHA has cited a demolition and concrete recycling company in Newark with 11 serious safety violations. The New Jersey company uses two names: T. Fiore Demolition Inc. and T. Fiore Recycling Corp.


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No guarding on abrasive grinder wheel at Illinois company

One of 20 violations
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OSHA has cited aluminum castings producer Trio Foundry Inc., which operates as Sandwich Castings and Machine, with 20 health and safety violations, including one willful and one repeat violation.


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