U.S. Postal Service Cited for Safety Violations at Austin Facility

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An employee at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in Austin, Texas, was injured after being ejected from a forklift. OSHA cited the postal service for failing to ensure that forklift operators obeyed traffic regulations. The postal service was also cited for exposing employees to tripping hazards, and failing to label electrical panels and breakers. USPS faces penalties totaling $224,858.

Read the news release for more information. For information about forklift safety see OSHA’s QuickCard.

American Chemistry Council Creates Guidance for Working with Isocyanates in the Automobile Industry

Personal Protective Equipment General Recommendations for Automotive Refinish Coating ApplicationsThrough its Alliance with OSHA, the American Chemistry Council developed an infographic that provides personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations for the automotive refinish market. The infographic provides general information on the importance of PPE during the refinishing process. High performance polyurethane coatings used in automotive refinishing applications, can present health hazards from skin contact or breathing in vapors, if appropriate PPE is not used during the painting process.

Workers and the Public Urged to be Mindful of Hazards Following Hurricane Florence

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OSHA urges emergency crews in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence to be aware of hazards from flooding, restoring electricity and communications, removing debris, repairing water damage, trimming trees, and repairing roofs. Only individuals with proper training, equipment, and experience should conduct recovery and cleanup activities. OSHA’s webpages on hurricane and flood response can help employers and workers stay safe.

OSHA NEWSLETTER

OSHA Awards $9.3 Million in Safety and Health Training Grants

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OSHA has awarded $9.3 million in grants to 74 nonprofit organizations through the agency’s Susan Harwood Training Grants Program. The grants will provide educational and training programs to help workers and employers recognize workplace hazards, implement injury prevention measures, and understand their rights and responsibilities. Six organizations were awarded $1.2 million in direct grants to train and protect workers involved in hurricane recovery activities.

For more information, read the news release.

OSHA Updates National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation

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OSHA has updated its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities. Under the NEP, OSHA will increase its education and enforcement efforts; inspectors will record trenching and excavation inspections in a national reporting system; and each area office will develop outreach programs. The NEP began Oct. 1, with a three-month period of education and prevention outreach.

For more information, read the news release.

Georgia Peanut Processor Cited and Placed in Severe Violator Enforcement Program

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OSHA cited Great Southern Peanut, LLC, for safety and health violations after conducting a follow-up inspection as part of a formal settlement with the agency. The company faces $309,505 in proposed penalties for failing to develop and implement procedures for confined space entry; train employees on confined space hazards; reduce compressed air to the required level; and meet recordkeeping requirements. The company was placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

For more information, read the news release.

Ohio Wood Pallet Manufacturer Cited After Employee Amputation

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Buckeye Diamond Logistics, Inc., was cited for lockout/tagout violations after an employee’s finger was amputated while working with an energized pallet stack machine. The pallet manufacturer was also cited for failing to install machine guards, train employees on procedures to prevent unintentional machine start-up, and exposing employees to electrical hazards. The company faces $190,794 in proposed penalties.

Read the news release for more information.

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