The Republican spending bill being debated on the House floor this week will slash health and safety inspections and shut down OSHA’s popular website, Democrats on the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee said today in a statement.
Arsenic, lead and excessive noise were the hazards workers were exposed to at a drilling mud manufacturing plant in Mo, according to OSHA, which cited Cimbar Performance Minerals in Cadet for 23 violations of health and safety standards. Proposed penalties total $214,550.
Two workers plunged 25 feet after scaffolding collapsed inside the water tank they were painting – an incident that prompted an OSHA investigation resulting in 15 safety violations and penalties of $69,168 against the contractor.
A new report from the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s (FPRF) finds that home sprinkler systems not only save lives and property, they can result in a tremendous water savings when it comes to fighting fires, which aids in water conservation and helps communities reduce their water infrastructure demands.
Republicans' plans to cut OSHA's budget by $100 million or 17 percent in 2011 prompted a statement from one of the “wise men” of OSHA affairs, Frank White, Global Director, Mercer ORC HSE Networks, and a former agency top official.
It’s all good, at least on paper, for OSHA as the Obama Administration yesterday proposed raising the agency’s FY12 budget from $559 million to $583 million. The proposed increase came while the overall Department of Labor budget was cut 5.4 percent.
On Capitol Hill today the Republican House majority went after OSHA as the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing whose title said it all: “Investigating OSHA’s Regulatory Agenda and Its Impact on Job Creation.”