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Supervisor safety liability: Four common exposures

January 2, 2014

The responsibilities and expectations placed on supervisors are enormous at times—production, workforce management, quality control, budgets, and of course safety. These “deliverables” communicated to them by management require the supervisor to work within the employers system to effectively perform their duties.


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Recordkeeping posting due February 1

All about OSHA logs & possible changes
January 2, 2014
With the February 1st deadline for posting the OSHA 300A log fast approaching, this article explores the fundamentals of OSHA recordkeeping requirements for the 301, 300 and 300A logs


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Lack of machine guarding costs worker four fingers

A week later: machine in use, still no guarding
January 1, 2014

Grand Rock Co. Inc. of Painesville, Ohio has been cited by OSHA for one willful and one serious safety violation after a worker suffered the amputation of four fingers on June 12. The employee was operating an unguarded machine that bends tubes at the Painesville automotive parts manufacturer.


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No safer after multiple inspections: Texas worker struck by machine part

Two inspections 2011, three in 2013
December 23, 2013

OSHA has cited Houston-based Piping Technology and Products Inc. for four repeat and three serious violations after a worker was injured in June from being struck by a broken die piece on a mechanical press. Proposed penalties total $199,800.


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20’ crack in a mine roof, other hazards found during MSHA impact inspections

Same facility had falling rock hazards
December 23, 2013

Despite the government shutdown the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) did manage to conduct special impact inspections at nine mines during October that resulted in 120 citations and ten orders being issued.


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After a fatal blast, company agrees to install safety technology

Three workers killed in 2010 West Virginia explosion
December 20, 2013

Following an explosion at its facility that killed three people, a West Virginia metal recycler has agreed to implement extensive, company-wide safeguards to prevent future accidental releases of hazardous chemicals from its facilities.


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Union complaint leads to $117,000 in fines against Ill. company

Citations issued in August, October and December
December 20, 2013

OSHA has cited Arlington Metals Corp. for 38 safety and health violations, which carry proposed penalties of $117,000. The agency initiated a safety and health investigation in June in response to a complaint filed by the United Steel Workers Union alleging unsafe working conditions at the Franklin Park metal strip and coil processing facility.


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Fatal La. gas explosion results in PSM citations

Workers mixed hot quench water with propylene
December 18, 2013

An explosion in June at a Louisiana gas company that killed two workers and injured 80 people has resulted in $99,000 in fines for the company. Williams Olefins LLC in Geismar, La. was cited for six process safety management standard violations, including one willful.


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Worker electrocuted when metal ladder touches overhead power lines

Fla. roofing company cited in death
December 17, 2013

OSHA has cited Tim Graboski Roofing Inc. of Delray Beach for four safety violations, including two willful, following the death of a worker. OSHA also conducted a second inspection at a different company location as part of the agency's local emphasis program on fall hazards in construction.


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Fall protection, machine guarding hazards found at Ala. RV company

Citations add up to $41,000
December 17, 2013

OSHA has cited Emerald Coast RV Center LLC of Robertsdale for nine serious safety violations following an inspection at the recreational vehicle sales and service facility on Highway 59 South. Prompted by a complaint, the agency initiated an inspection in August, resulting in proposed penalties of $41,000.


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