Want to see what your state-level OSH agency has been up to? Federal OSHA has a new webpage that shows state plan enforcement cases with initial penalties above $40,000, on a state by state basis. Site visitors can click on a map to get information about citations issued starting January 1, 2015. Cases are updated weekly and there is a posting delay to ensure the parties have been notified.
For instance: Nevada OSHA issued six serious safety violations, totaling $47,000, to the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority for failing to adequately protect its workers. An Authority worksite lacked trench cave-in protection, proper ladder safety and workers at the site were found to be not wearing hard hats.
After a criminal investigation by California OSHA, the San Francisco District Attorney has brought manslaughter charges against the employer and foreman of a 51-year-old carpenter at Versaggi Construction who was killed in a fall in December 2012. For more information, read the Cal/OSHA news release*.
Twenty-two states or territories protect private and public sector workers with their own safety and health plans, approved by OSHA to be "at least as effective" as federal occupational safety and health standards. Five additional states and one U.S. territory have OSHA-approved plans that cover state and local government public sector workers only. Below are recent examples of enforcement cases from two State Plan states.
To see more enforcement cases, organized by state, visit OSHA's new webpage.