Michigan OSHA issued five citations and $77,600 in penalties to Woods Carpentry, Inc., for exposing workers to fall hazards. Inspectors concluded that the company failed to train workers, and provide adequate fall protection for workers installing guardrails on balconies. The company was previously cited for these violations in 2014 and 2016.
On July 9, Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt welcomed the Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and a delegation to OSHA. During their visit, agency directors provided information about workplace safety enforcement policies and procedures, the rule-making process and cooperative and stateprograms. The meeting came as a result of the Ministry requesting technical assistance on labor inspection and occupational safety and health from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs.
Through an alliance with OSHA, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) will host a free webinar on July 25 focusing on heat illness prevention. Understanding heat stress hazards and solutions is crucial to the safety and health of landscape and lawn care workers. Visit the NALP website to create an account and registerfor the webinar. See OSHA’s website for resources on how to keep workers cool and healthy whether their jobs expose them to indoor or outdoor heat hazards.
During last month’s Trench Safety Stand-Down Week, more than 600 construction workers gathered outside Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., to learn about safe excavation practices. Speakers at the event included Eric Giguere, who described surviving a trench collapse, and how it affected his life. Presenters also discussed other excavation hazards, the increase in trench-related fatalities, and preventive measures. For more information, visit OSHA’s trenching and excavation webpage.
With the official start of summer, OSHA is urging employers across the country to protect workers from heat-related illnesses and hazards. While workers in construction, agriculture, and landscaping are often exposed to excessive heat, so are workers in kitchens, foundries, warehouses, and other indoor settings. OSHA offers guidance on how to keep workers cool and healthy whether they are exposed to indoor or outdoor heat hazards.
OSHA is postponing enforcement of certain requirements of the final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium in general industry. Requirements originally scheduled for enforcement on June 25 will not be enforced until Aug. 9. The requirements include beryllium work areas, regulated work areas, methods of compliance, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene areas and practices, housekeeping, communication of hazards, and recordkeeping.
OSHA has proposed a rule to increase the safety of America’s construction sites. The proposal clarifies crane operator certification requirements and reinstates the employer duty to ensure that a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment. Comments must be submitted by June 20. For details, read the news release.
OSHA’s new Occupational Chemical Database compiles information from several government agencies and organizations into one online resource. The webpage includes chemical identification and physical properties, permissible exposure limits (PELs), and sampling information. Chemicals can be searched by name or identification number, or grouped by PEL, carcinogenic level, or whether they pose an immediate threat when inhaled.
As a participant in OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls, ladder manufacturer Werner Co. held more than 200 events that provided fall protection and ladder safety training to more than 34,000 workers across the United States and Canada. Recently, two Miami workers who received training were saved from a fatal fall while inspecting a high-rise building. The workers were wearing personal fall arrest systems when the suspended scaffold they were on collapsed. For more information on preventing falls, visit the Fall Prevention webpage.
U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta recorded Public Service Announcements to address the increase in preventable trenching- related fatalities. Recorded in both English and Spanish, the PSAs highlight effective ways to stay safe when working around trenches or excavations.
Additional information on trenching hazards and solutions is available on OSHA’s trenching and excavation webpage. OSHA’s newly revised “Protect Workers in Trenches” poster provides a quick reminder of the three ways to prevent dangerous trench collapses: SLOPE or bench trench walls, SHORE trench walls with supports, or SHIELD trench walls with trench boxes. The poster is available in English and Spanish.