Built for a simpler era, OSHA struggles when tower climbers die

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May 25, 2012

When federal lawmakers passed landmark legislation creating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, they intended to protect workers by imposing clear, uniform rules on their employers. The 1970 law [2] assumed that the relationship between companies and the people they hired for dangerous jobs would be straightforward, employer to employee.

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Workers’ fingertips amputated; no machine guarding

May 24, 2012

OSHA has cited Plastico Products LLC in New Jersey with 28 safety and health violations, including two willful. OSHA's inspection was prompted by an incident in which a worker's fingertips were amputated at its Irvington facility.

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Chemical exposure kills one worker, sends another to hospital

Total workforce: three
May 23, 2012

OSHA has cited Vivid Image Inc. with 12 safety violations–including two willful–after one worker died and another was hospitalized from exposure to the chemical toluene at the Theresa, Wis., manufacturing plant on Nov. 29.

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Construction collapse in NY kills one, injures four

May 22, 2012

A Brooklyn contractor was aware that the steel structure he was erecting was “unstable,” according to OSHA, which found numerous hazards contributing to the fatal collapse of that structure last fall in Brighton Beach, NY.

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New advisory committee to strengthen OSHA's whistleblower program

May 21, 2012

OSHA says it will establish an advisory committee to make recommendations on improving the agency’s whistleblower protections.

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Ohio workers get a wild ride

Co. cited for allowing rides in excavator buckets
May 21, 2012

OSHA has cited North Royalton-based DiGioia-Suburban Excavating for two willful safety violations after discovering that workers were allowed to ride inside an excavator bucket to access a trench at a Bowling Green job site on Nov. 17, 2011. 

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Safety wrongs at Rite Aid gets NY location cited, fined

May 19, 2012

OSHA has cited Rite Aid of New York Inc. for alleged repeat and serious safety violations at the retailer's 7118 Third Ave. store in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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That’s the power of Home Depot: Potential electrocution for workers

May 18, 2012

OSHA has cited Home Depot Inc. for alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at its store located at 3043 state Route 50 in Saratoga Springs.

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CSB commends Mass. for strengthening hazmat storage regs

May 18, 2012

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is commending Massachusetts toughening up regulation of hazardous materials storage and processing in the state, including monitoring of high risk facilities to ensure they are complying with key federal process safety and risk management programs.

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USW: House bill would weaken DOE worker safety

May 17, 2012

The United Steelworkers union (USW) says a bill set to come before the U.S. House would gut health and safety standards at Department of Energy (DOE) weapons sites and put workers at DOE facilities, and residents of neighboring communities, at greater risk of exposure to hazardous materials and radiation.

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