California OSHA issued six citations and $205,235 in penalties to SSA Pacific, Inc., after a worker sustained fatal injuries when he was thrown from a forklift that collided with a concrete piling. Inspectors determined that the company disabled the seat belt warning and other safety features, and failed to ensure the safe operation and condition of forklifts.
A meeting will be held Oct. 16 in Washington, D.C., to solicit public comments and suggestions from stakeholders on whistleblower issues in the finance industry within OSHA’s jurisdiction. OSHA is seeking input on improving whistleblower customer service, and enhancing understanding of the whistleblower laws it enforces. The meeting will be held at the Department of Labor’s national headquarters. Those interested must register by Sept. 30. More information will be available in the news section on the Whistleblower Protection Programs webpage.
Hurricane season peaks in September, and wildfires are still burning throughout the Pacific Northwest and from California to Colorado. OSHA urges employers to be prepared to keep their workers safe during extreme weather events. The agency’s Emergency Preparedness and Response webpage provides information on protecting workers before and after hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters strike.
Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health issued four citations and $47,080 in penalties to ABM Industry Groups, LLC, for exposing working to falls and hazardous energy. Inspectors concluded that the company failed to provide guard railing on an elevated open-sided platform, train workers on the control of hazardous energy, and conduct periodic inspections of hazardous energy control procedures.
ArtiFlex Manufacturing was cited for exposing workers to amputation hazards after an employee’s finger was partially amputated. Inspectors determined that the company failed to guard pinch points on a conveyor belt, a violation the company was also cited for in 2016. ArtiFlex faces penalties of $213,411, and has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
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Virginia Occupational Safety and Health issued five citations and $304,130 in penalties to Lanford Brothers Company for exposing workers to respirable crystalline silica hazards while using jackhammers to remove concrete from bridge piers. Inspectors determined that the company did not provide adequate eye and respiratory protection, failed to assess each worker for exposure to respirable crystalline silica, and permitted workers to use jackhammers and concrete saws without proper control methods.
OSHA recently published an analysis showing how the agency’s On-Site Consultation Program, contributes $1.3 billion to the national economy each year. The On-Site Consultation Program provides free, confidential safety and health services to small and medium-sized businesses. Employers who implement the workplace improvements suggested by OSHA consultants can reduce lost time due to injuries and illnesses. This in turn can lead to higher employee morale, increased productivity, and lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums.
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More than 1,700 organizations are participating in Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event Aug. 13-19 to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs.
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OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular individual by removing provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule. OSHA believes this proposal maintains safety and health protections for workers, protects privacy, and reduces the burdens of complying with the current rule.
The proposed rule eliminates the requirement to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) for establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to maintain injury and illness records. These establishments would be required to electronically submit information only from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).
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OSHA is seeking public comment on a proposed rule related to railroad construction equipment provisions in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The rule is intended to maintain safety and health protections for workers and address employers’ concerns with compliance.
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