Court Limits Scope Of OSHA Inspections

FDR Safety

Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently found that OSHA could not expand the scope of an injury-based inspection to a wall-to-wall inspection based on the employer’s OSHA 300 Logs. OSHA then appealed to the Eleventh Circuit.

Court Limits Scope Of OSHA Inspections

FDR Safety

Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently found that OSHA could not expand the scope of an injury-based inspection to a wall-to-wall inspection based on the employer’s OSHA 300 Logs. OSHA then appealed to the Eleventh Circuit.

Top 6 OSHA fines levied since May

Construction Dive

Once again, most of OSHA's biggest citations against contractors center around falls and trench safety, with $304,000 being the largest fine levied

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Are You Ready For An OSHA Audit?

FDR Safety

OSHA sees great opportunity because your industry does realize finger injuries and amputations that are not realized in other companies where operators have automation and/or engineered safeguards to protect the point of operation. The post Are You Ready For An OSHA Audit?

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OSHA Memorandum Takeaways: Incentive Programs & Post Incident Drug-Testing

FDR Safety

On Friday, October 11th, many in the safety world received a memorandum from OSHA regarding Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing. When discussing post-incident drug testing, the memorandum is clear on OSHA’s stance on drug testing.

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OSHA increases excavation and trenching enforcement after wave of fatalities

Construction Dive

But before starting its new enforcement efforts, OSHA will conduct a 30-day educational outreach phase

OSHA pressuring Cal/OSHA on repeat violations

FDR Safety

Government Accountability Office took OSHA to task for failing to adequately supervise states that have chosen to retain responsibility for their own occupational safety and health regulation. OSHA pledged to do better and has increased its oversight. Enforcement OSHA

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OSHA Certification

The Safety Blog

OSHA CERTIFICATION 10 VS. 30 HOUR. Welcome to Safe Friday, this week we’re going continue to cover the ins and outs of OSHA certification. This week, we’re going cover the basics of 10- and 30-hour OSHA certification. But don’t forget, OSHA certification is an investment.

OSHA Safety

The Safety Blog

OSHA Safety & Compliance. Welcome to Safe Friday, this week we’re going to cover the ins and outs of OSHA safety and compliance. OSHA Inspections. There are circumstances when OSHA may give less than 24 hours’ notice to the employer. Construction & OSHA Safety .

OSHA fines Pennsylvania contractor $331K for fatal electrocution accident

Construction Dive

In addition to proposed penalties, OSHA added the deceased worker's employer, Insight Pipe Contracting, to its severe violator program

OSHA Electronic Records Submission Delayed, But Not for Long

FDR Safety

OSHA recently announced another delay in the deadline for employers to electronically submit their 2016 injury and illness data to the agency. As a brief recap, the revised recordkeeping rule requires employers with 250 or more employees to submit their OSHA 300A Annual Summaries for each separate establishment by December 15. OSHA intends to upload all of this data to a publicly searchable website. OSHA Recordkeeping

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OSHA considers silica rule changes

Construction Dive

The agency is seeking input on whether additional methods of silica dust control should be added to Table 1 to further minimize employers' requirements to measure workers' exposure

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OSHA Fines to Rise

Collaborative Construction

The most recent federal budget includes a directive from President Obama to OSHA instructing the agency to revised its fine schedule - not updated since 1990 - and to tie increases in fines to the Consumer Price Index. OSHA to Increase Fines Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance James L.

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New OSHA recordkeeping rules creating confusion

FDR Safety

New OSHA recordkeeping rules that went into effect this year are creating confusion among employers about the definition of an amputation and how to quickly determine if an incident that occurred after work hours is actually work-related, according to an article in Business Insurance magazine. 1, require that the hospitalization of a single employee – rather than three employees as previously required — be reported to OSHA within 24 hours of management learning that it occurred.

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Prepare for an OSHA Inspection

The Safety Blog

Planning for an OSHA inspection is good business. When you apply to have OSHA’s safety and health professionals evaluate the worksite, anything they find that needs to be fixed won’t result in a compliance citation as long as it is put right. Who Is Covered (Or Not) By OSHA.

OSHA targeting manufacturers on amputation hazards

FDR Safety

OSHA is launching what it calls a “surge” of planned inspections of manufacturers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas focused on amputation hazards. In a press release, OSHA said that amputations most frequently occur during the operation of machinery without adequate safety guards. OSHA said there were more than 2,600 workplace-related amputations in 2015, with more than half suffered by workers in manufacturing. Enforcement OSHA

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April 2017 Newsletter – A “New, New OSHA” Emerges

FDR Safety

What a difference a few months can make, as can be seen with changes at OSHA. A review of recent issues of OSHA’s “Quick Takes” newsletter highlighting important agency news paints a different picture of OSHA than newsletters from last fall. The story OSHA wanted to tell about itself was enforcement, enforcement, enforcement. Eight years ago, the new leaders of OSHA announced there was a “new sheriff in town.” By Jim Stanley.

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New OSHA recordkeeping rule: Urgent need for employer review

FDR Safety

Thanks to a new OSHA recordkeeping rule, employers urgently need to take a close look at their employee handbooks, safety policies and procedures, safety incentive programs, and drug testing policies. This new rule is yet another effort by the agency to attempt to publicly shame employers, force them to change drug testing and safety incentive policies, and increase the classifications and penalties associated with OSHA citations. Enforcement OSHA Recordkeeping

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CDC, OSHA: Heat stress risk starts at 85 degrees Fahrenheit

Construction Dive

The Centers for Disease Control suggested that employers start screening workers for heat stress when the heat index reaches 85 F rather than the 91 F OSHA currently recommends

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OSHA settlement sometimes needs a second opinion

FDR Safety

OSHA continues to cite employers aggressively, and at the same time is suggesting and frequently mandating certain types of abatement. This may overstep their authority, but many employers enter into a formal or informal OSHA settlement trying to avoid expensive litigation and abate alleged violations following agency’s suggestions or mandates. If OSHA’s suggestions are reasonable and feasible, obviously that’s the right way to go. Enforcement OSHA

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U.S. appeals court rules against OSHA on machine guards

FDR Safety

A federal appeals court has ruled against OSHA in a case stemming from a fatal accident involving a lathe at a manufacturing plant, saying that the agency’s interpretation of its regulations on machine guards “strains a common sense reading.”. OSHA had argued that the agency was entitled to “deference” in its interpretation of its regulations. OSHA had issued 7 violations against the company and proposed a $490,000 fine. Courts Enforcement OSHA

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Which hazards top OSHA's 10 most-cited safety violations list?

Construction Dive

Here is a breakdown of the total number of violations on this year's list per standard as well as details about each standard

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OSHA whistleblower pilot program uses shaming penalty

FDR Safety

OSHA is experimenting with adding another weapon to its “shaming penalty” arsenal with a pilot program in its Midwest region called the Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The OSHA whistleblower pilot program is similar to the existing Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which focuses on employers OSHA believes are indifferent to worker safety and health, or who willfully ignore it. Enforcement OSHA

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OSHA looking to expand powers over recordkeeping

FDR Safety

OSHA is seeking to significantly expand its powers over recordkeeping by effectively adding five years to the time it can issue citations. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed that OSHA has six months under its statute of limitations to issue a citation for alleged recordkeeping violations. But in its Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda, OSHA said it would be offering up a rule that would effectively extend that period to five and a half years.

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OSHA Increases Penalties 2 Percent

Construction Equipment

As of January 2, 2018, OSHA has raised it civil penalties for safety and health violations issued in 2018

Avoiding common OSHA recordkeeping mistakes

FDR Safety

All affected employers need to finalize their OSHA 300 log data about work-related injuries and illnesses that required medical treatment beyond first aid. When completing these forms, it is important to know some of the most common OSHA recordkeeping mistakes that could result in enforcement action. The top five are as follows: 1) Not keeping an OSHA 300 log and posting a 300A summary even though you are required by law. Enforcement OSHA Recordkeeping

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OSHA stats highlight importance of fall protection

FDR Safety

OSHA’s report on its most frequently issued categories of violations in 2014 is a good reminder that protecting workers against falls is one of the most important safety measures an employer can take.Fall protection topped the list of OSHA violations cited in 2014 – with 7,272 violations across all industries that resulted in more than $20 million in fines against employers. The post OSHA stats highlight importance of fall protection appeared first on FDRsafety.

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OSHA Fall Protection

The Safety Blog

OSHA Fall Protection. Welcome to Safe Friday, since June is National Safety Month, this week we’re going to cover the ins and outs of OSHA fall protection. Why We Need OSHA Fall Protection. OSHA Fall Protection Emergencies.

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Top Fines & OSHA Regulations

The Safety Blog

Fines & OSHA Regulations. Welcome to Safe Friday, this week we’re going to cover the ins and outs of Fines vs. OSHA Regulations. This week, we're going to cover 5 of the top 10 OSHA fines, and how you can avoid them. #10: Fulfills OSHA regulations.

House votes to overturn OSHA rule on record-keeping

FDR Safety

A change in OSHA rules that extended employers’ liability for recording workplace injuries and illnesses to five years appears close to being reversed. The changed regulation was OSHA’s response to a 2012 U.S. The rule covers OSHA 300 Logs, OSHA 301 Incident Reports, and the OSHA 300A Summary of Work-related Injuries and Illnesses. The post House votes to overturn OSHA rule on record-keeping appeared first on FDRsafety. Enforcement OSHA Recordkeeping

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OSHA: Design flaws caused Hurricane Irma crane collapses

Construction Dive

The three tower cranes that collapsed last year had jibs that were vulnerable to wind turbulence, according to an agency report, which is prompting manufacturers to re-evaluate their designs

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Pausing to remember the bad old days before OSHA’s creation

FDR Safety

Much of the discussion about OSHA these days is about whether the agency has gone too far with some of its regulations and programs. No matter where you stand, though, it is good every once in a while to remember the reasons for OSHA’s creation.

OSHA says confined space standard for construction coming

FDR Safety

OSHA is again promising that a final rule is forthcoming on confined space in construction, and a top agency official said that the standard generally aligns with those for general industry. But before anyone gets their expectations up, it is worth noting that OSHA has made similar predictions before that the standard was imminent, only to have the target date pass by in silence. The post OSHA says confined space standard for construction coming appeared first on FDRsafety.

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Industry petitions OSHA to establish heat standard

Construction Dive

More than 130 organizations asked the agency to establish protection rules for workers exposed to heat, the leading weather-related killer in the U.S.

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New OSHA recordkeeping requirements take effect Jan. 1

FDR Safety

OSHA has tightened the rules on reporting in-patient hospitalizations resulting from work-related injuries. 1, employers must notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. OSHA has also updated the list of industry categories partially exempt from OSHA recordkeeping requirements. OSHA Recordkeeping

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Caveats about OSHA’s safety and health program guidance

FDR Safety

OSHA also is now offering updated advice on program creation, although employers need to have some context on the agency’s recommendations before using OSHA’s guidance as a template. OSHA recently published its “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs” on its website, replacing the agency’s 1989 Voluntary Guidelines. There is no OSHA requirement for a company to have a safety and health program.

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OSHA proposes $337,000 in penalties in recordkeeping case

FDR Safety

As is well known, OSHA recently launched enhanced recordkeeping requirements, and if there is any doubt that the agency is serious about enforcement one need only look at violations just announced against an oil and gas services company. Willful violations are those in which OSHA alleges that a company either intentionally disregarded the law or showed plain indifference to employee health and safety. Enforcement OSHA Recordkeeping

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10 Benefits Of Including Mock OSHA Audits In Your Safety Program

FDR Safety

OSHA Audits can be nerve wracking, tedious, and costly for any business. Rather than being caught off guard by the findings of OSHA during one of their audits, we highly recommend that you implement Mock OSHA Audits into your regular safety program.

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OSHA Offers Searchable Outreach Trainer List Online

Construction Equipment

OSHA’s website now has a searchable list of authorized Outreach trainers to assist the public in finding authorized instru

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OSHA penalties for violations increase

BD+C

As of the first of the year, civil penalties for violations of OSHA standards and regulations were increased to adjust for inflation. Department of Labor increased civil penalties for a variety of regulated areas, such as Immigration, Child Labor, Wage and Hour, MSHA, and OSHA.