Employers and employees can get information on job safety classes, trainers, tools, and 10-hour and 30-hour cards more easily using OSHA’s redesigned training webpage. The page offers links to resources on training requirements and resources, outreach training, OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, and Susan Harwood Training Grants.
OSHA has released more than a dozen fact sheets that provide guidance on the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction. One fact sheet is an overview of the silica standard. The other fact sheets provide employers with information on how to fully and properly implement controls, work practices, and if needed, respiratory protection for each of the 18 tasks listed in Table 1— Specified Exposure Control Methods under the standard.
OSHA will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA)until midnight on December 31, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against those employers who submit their reports after the December 15, 2017, deadline but before December 31, 2017, final entry date. Starting January 1, 2018, the ITA will no longer accept the 2016 data.
OSHA cited automobile dealership Carl Cannon, Inc., for serious safety violations after three employees died and two were injured at its Jasper facility. Inspectors determined that a flash fire occurred when the employees were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the service pit floor. OSHA issued one willful and two serious safety citations for failing to implement all elements of a chemical hazard communication program; improperly storing flammable liquids; and allowing unapproved electrical receptacles and equipment to be used in a hazardous area. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $152,099. For more information, see the news release.
Marshall Pottery, Inc., has reached a settlement agreement with OSHA after the death of an assistant plant manager who was servicing a kiln and became trapped inside when it activated. The Texas pottery manufacturer was cited for failing to implement lockout/tagout and confined space programs. The company was cited for similar violations in 2008. Proposed penalties total $545,160. For more information, read the news release.
OSHA has cited US Environmental, Inc., for 12 safety violations, including willfully exposing workers to confined space and fall hazards at its Downingtown, Pa., location. Inspectors found that the company failed to implement rescue procedures for employees in confined spaces; provide protective equipment when working in confined spaces; and provide employees with fall protection training and equipment. The company faces penalties of $333,756. For more information, see the news release.
The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) issued $88,000 in penalties to Process Cooling International in Saint Helena for safety violations following the death of a worker who fell through a skylight. ADOSH inspectors concluded that the company failed to correct an imminent hazard, and failed to protect workers from potential fall hazards with skylight screens or guardrails.
The Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) issued $115,740 in penalties to Sayde Construction Inc. for safety violations identified after a worker installing roof trusses fell about 20 feet to his death. DOSH inspectors determined that the company failed to provide appropriate fall protection and ensure that workers used it, and did not have a written fall protection plan. For more information, read the news release.
OSHA inspectors responded to a hazardous incident at Tampa Electric Co.’s facility in Gibsonton, Florida, that sent four workers to the hospital. Inspectors determined that anhydrous ammonia, a chemical refrigerant, was released when a relief valve activated after a pipeline became over-pressurized. OSHA cited the company for failing to ensure that workers wore appropriate respiratory protection, and for not including all minimum requirements in their emergency response plan. Critical Intervention Services, a security services provider, was also cited for not training workers on hazardous chemicals, and failing to develop and implement a written hazard communication program. Proposed fines for both companies total $43,458. For more information, read the news release.
The owner of Pittsburgh-based business A Rooter Man pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of willfully violating an OSHA regulation, resulting in the death of a worker. In September 2015, an employee was fatally injured when the trench he was working in collapsed. The worker was replacing a sewer line 11 feet below the surface in unstable soil with no cave-in protection, at the direction of the company owner, Wayne George. George pleaded guilty to not taking protective measures against cave-ins before permitting employees to work in trenches. Sentencing, which could include prison, is scheduled for February 2018. For details, see the news release.