Items Tagged with 'OSHA enforcement'


Puny ole OSHA? No for me…

February 4, 2014

OSHA may be “puny” relative to other government agencies but it is far from puny for its regulated community jurisdiction, particularly, for safety professionals and our employers, when the leadership of OSHA is all about radical left wing political agenda.

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Goodbye to an OSHA champion, and his era of idealism

January 20, 2014

Last week the Politico Playbook daily newsletter noted the coming retirement of Rep. George Miller (D-CA) by saying the 40-year veteran of Congress was one of the last of the Democratic “Watergate babies”… “part of a post-Vietnam 70s generation filled with moral certitude.”

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Public right to know and occupational safety and health in the 21st century

November 22, 2013

Occupational safety regulation needs to emerge from the 19th century concept that employers have to right to privately injure employees, and instead use the sunshine of modern public transparency to spotlight employer’s risk based safety performance.

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Weekly news roundup

November 2, 2013

OSHA and the MSHA are back in business, a PSM case study in India and construction safety in NYC were among the EHS-related stories featured on this week:

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Fatal crane accident at Ark. nuke power plant leads to 26 citations

Four companies involved
October 30, 2013

Four Arkansas companies have been cited by OSHA as a result of a crane collapse in March that killed one worker and injured eight others. OSHA cited Precision Surveillance Corp., Bigge Crane and Rigging Co., Siemens Power Generation Inc. and Entergy Operations Inc. for 26 safety violations after one Precision Surveillance worker was fatally injured when a crane collapsed at the Arkansas Nuclear One Power Plant.

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Safety whistleblowers sued by employer

OSHA orders “retaliatory” lawsuit withdrawn
October 24, 2013

OSHA has ordered Palumbo Trucking Inc. of North Branford, Conn., and owner David Palumbo to withdraw a retaliatory lawsuit filed against two former workers of the commercial motor carrier who raised safety concerns, pay them $60,000 in damages and take other corrective actions.

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Crane drops load on Colorado worker, causing leg amputation

GBC, Inc. cited for 13 safety violations
July 17, 2013

An unapproved C-clamp used to attach a load to the hook of an overhead crane slid off a 2,600-pound press brake ram as it was lifted, causing the ram to fall to the ground and pin a worker, resulting in his leg being amputated at the knee.

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Finger amputation leads to $77,000 fine for company

Employer “fully aware” of hazard, said OSHA
July 15, 2013

A worker at a Georgia glass company suffered a finger amputation and crushed hand while removing a glass mold from a bottle-shaping facility – leading to an OSHA inspection and citations.

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Texas meatpacker cited for safety management program violations

Anhydrous ammonia used in refrigerator system
July 10, 2013

OSHA has cited Caviness Beef Packing Ltd. in Hereford, Texas, with 25 safety violations. Proposed penalties total $120,000 for deficiencies in its process safety management program and various workplace hazards.

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Massachusetts contractor faces $290,700 in OSHA fines for willful, repeat fall hazards

Workers of Twin Pines Construction Inc. exposed to falls of up to 30 feet
July 1, 2013

On May 28, 2013, OSHA cited Massachusetts contractor Twin Pines Construction Inc. for alleged willful, repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at its Durham, NH, work site. The wood framing contractor, based in Everett, Mass., faces a total of $290,700 in proposed fines following an inspection by OSHA's Concord Area Office.

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