Worker killed in Texas trench collapse

Company cited by OSHA
January 21, 2014

One worker was killed and another injured when a 10’ unprotected trench collapsed December 5 less than ten minutes after the two entered it. Municipal District Services LLC, based in Cypress, Texas, was summoned to the scene to repair a water main that was accidentally damaged by a gas line technician.

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Report: OSHA doesn’t have sufficient control over VPP Program

Participants not necessarily the safest companies
January 17, 2014

OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) have come under fire from the Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General, which says the agency fails to ensure that only safe worksites remain in the program.

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Stop picking on puny ole OSHA

January 14, 2014

News item: Sen. Chuck Grassley has joined 42 other senators in requesting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to stop unlawful regulations on small family farms. “OSHA is overstepping its bounds here,” Grassley said.

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Would your business pass a surprise electric safety NFPA 70E arc flash audit from OSHA?

January 10, 2014

An Internet forum discussion… Sadly, there are not many that would. NFPA 70E arc flash is probably one of the most misunderstood safety requirements in industry today. When I do run in to companies that have enough knowledge to be dangerous, typically their span of PPE is a set of level 2 rubber gloves and training is a 30-second video of what an arc flash is.

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No eyewash stations, PPE at NJ furniture liquidator

Company cited for failing to label hazardous chemicals, as well
January 9, 2014

OSHA has cited Complete Liquidations, doing business as The Furniture Exchange, with four repeat and 13 serious violations at the company’s warehouse in New Brunswick. OSHA’s July investigation began in response to a complaint, and resulted in proposed penalties totaling $71,280.

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Demolition co. knew about asbestos, didn’t protect workers

Thompson Building Wrecking specializes in asbestos removal
January 9, 2014

OSHA personnel who followed up on a complaint and inspected a Georgia elementary school that was being demolished found that Thompson Building Wrecking Co., Inc. was knowingly exposing workers to asbestos-containing debris being moved by a skid steer loader with a grapple attachment. The debris had been allowed to accumulate on the ground.

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Senators accuse OSHA of “unconscionable” enforcement and “mission creep”

January 9, 2014

Sen. Chuck Grassley has joined 42 other senators in requesting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to stop unlawful regulations on small family farms.

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Four workers injured when steel structure at Texas A&M collapses

January 6, 2014

The June, 2013 collapse of a steel structure at Texas A&M that was intended to serve as the university’s equestrian shelter injured four workers and earned OSHA citations for two Houston-based construction companies.

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Snack maker exposes workers to amputations

Correcting hazards not enough, says OSHA
January 6, 2014

Terrell's Potato Chip Co. Inc. faces $115,500 in OSHA fines after being cited for 23 violations of workplace safety standards at its manufacturing plant in Syracuse, NY. The inspection was conducted under the agency's Site-Specific Targeting program.

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Work sites change, but company’s fall protection hazards remain the same

Painting & Decorating Inc. placed in SVEP
January 3, 2014

A New York paining and stucco contractor with a long history of fall protection and scaffold safety violations has wracked up a new set of OSHA violations, with a $460,350 price tag.

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