Safety News Articles

OSHA schedules hearing on crane operator certification deadline

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today scheduled an informal public hearing to discuss OSHA’s proposed rule to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement and the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure that their operators are qualified to operate the equipment. The hearing will be held May 19, 2014, in Washington, D.C. On Feb. 10, 2014, OSHA issued a Notice… Read more »

OSHA cites cabinetry manufacturer for combustible dust

ALBANY, N.Y. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found that workers at Salko Kitchens Inc. were exposed to fire and explosion hazards and a potential occupational carcinogen due to deficient required safeguards. Proposed fines total $51,800. “These workers face both immediate and long-term health and safety hazards from on-site conditions,” said Kimberly Castillon, OSHA’s area director in Albany. “The combustible… Read more »

OSHA announces final rule revising standards

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it would be issuing a final rule* to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric power generation, transmission and distribution work. “This long-overdue update will save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries annually,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Electric utilities, electrical contractors and labor… Read more »

OSHA forms alliance with Concerned Beauty Professionals

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed an alliance with the Georgia Concerned Beauty Professionals in Atlanta to provide hair salon owners and workers with information, guidance and training to protect employees from exposure to products that contain hazardous chemicals, such as formaldehyde. The agreement will be signed between OSHA and the Concerned Beauty Professionals at noon on Monday,… Read more »

OSHA continues public engagement on silica proposal

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today began holding public hearings for the notice of proposed rulemaking on occupational exposure to crystalline silica. This marks the beginning of an intensive three weeks of public comment on the proposal, with hearings scheduled through Friday, April 4. “We look forward to receiving feedback from our stakeholders on our proposal, and we’re grateful for the continuing high level… Read more »

OSHA releases new educational bulletin

OSHA today released a new educational resource that focuses on requirements for injury recording of temporary worker injuries and illnesses. The bulletin explains the requirements for both the staffing agency and the host employer. The new Recordkeeping Bulletin addresses how to identify who is responsible for recording work-related injuries and illnesses of temporary workers on the OSHA 300 log. OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative is an… Read more »

OSHA cites RI company for combustible wood dust

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On Aug. 20, 2013, a combustible wood dust explosion and fire occurred at Inferno Wood Pellet Inc. in East Providence Rhode Island.  Combustible dusts are fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air in certain conditions.  The explosion injured a worker and demolishing part of the building. The ignition of wood dust in the plant’s production room migrated to a retention… Read more »

OSHA schedules Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee meeting

WASHINGTON – OSHA will hold a meeting of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee March 11, in Washington, D.C. WPAC work groups will meet March 10. WPAC was established to advise and make recommendations to the secretary of labor and the assistant secretary for occupational safety and health on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of OSHA’s whistleblower protection activities. The tentative agenda includes remarks… Read more »

OSHA cites Conn. manufacturer for recurring hazards

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – The U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA has cited Artbeats Inc. for repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at its Cheshire facility. The company, who manufactures reproductions of prints and paintings, faces $56,430 in proposed fines following an inspection by OSHA’s Bridgeport Area Office begun Dec. 3, 2013, in response to a worker complaint. Inspectors found several hazards similar to those cited… Read more »

Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services cited by OSHA

DAYTON, Ohio – Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services Inc. has been cited for 11 safety and health violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration following a complaint inspection. The inspection found five repeat violations, including failing to provide personal protective equipment and training for workers. OSHA has proposed fines of $103,800. “Companies, such as Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services, who are cited for… Read more »

OSHA appoints Dorothy Dougherty as deputy assistant secretary

WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels has appointed Dorothy Dougherty as the new deputy assistant secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Dougherty brings more than 32 years of federal experience to this position, having served for 22 years in OSHA and several years in the Mine Safety and Health Administration as an industrial hygienist and coal… Read more »

OSHA extends comment period on silica rule to Feb. 11

WASHINGTON – OSHA is extending the public comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica for an additional 15 days to February 11, 2014. In response to concerns raised about possible public confusion due to an error on, the federal government’s online portal for submitting rulemaking comments, the deadline has been extended from Jan. 27 to Feb. 11 to… Read more »

Confined Space Entry is for Authorized Individuals Only!

Comply with OSHA’s 1910.146 & provide workers with the knowledge of how to safely work within potentially hazardous conditions. Every one of your employees working in and around a confined space needs to understand the hazards that may be found inside; if not, they risk lives! Here’s the proof: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports more than 13,000 American workers are injured annually… Read more »

Electrical and Arch Flash Safety

About 4,000 non-disabling and 3,600 disabling electrical contact injuries occur annually in the United States. It is easy to cite OSHA statistics and much harder to find the time to minimize the potential for workplace injuries. The OSHA Electrical Standard is comprehensive and, in subsection 1910.332, OSHA provides the requirements for electrical safety training. The National Fire Protection Association, NFPA, is the leading authority on… Read more »

OSHA extends comment period on workplace injuries rule

WASHINGTON – OSHA today announced that it will extend the comment period to March 8, 2014 on the proposed rule to enhance workplace health & safety through improved tracking of workplace injuries & illnesses. The proposed rule would change recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury & illness info that employers are already required to keep under OSHA’s regulations for recording and… Read more »

OSHA fines Reliable Castings Corp 293K

Reliable Castings Corp. has been cited by the OSHA for fourteen safety and health violations, carrying proposed penalties of $293,700. An inspection found workers were exposed to struck-by, crushing and amputation hazards at the Sidney, Ohio, aluminum die castings manufacturing facility. “OSHA’s inspectors found a facility with multiple hazards and where safety was continually compromised,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “Reliable Castings… Read more »

OSHA cites FCC Environmental LLC

OSHA has cited FCC Environmental LLC in Fairburn for nine health violations following an inspection at the Glock Inc. gun range in Smyrna. FCC Environmental was contracted by Glock to remove lead from its firing ranges. OSHA initiated the July inspection as part of the agency’s national emphasis program on lead and has proposed $44,000 in penalties. “FCC Environmental failed to take the necessary steps… Read more »

Tip Top Roofing & Construction cited by OSHA

Tip Top Roofing & Construction Inc. has been cited by the OSHA for 4 safety violations, carrying proposed penalties of $103,000, after two workers were observed installing asphalt shingles on a residential roof at heights of 10 and 18 feet without fall protection at a job site in DeKalb on June 20. The inspection was initiated under the local emphasis program for fall protection. Since… Read more »

OSHA cites Arlington Metals Corp. for 38 violations

Arlington Metals Corp. has been cited by the OSHA for 38 health and safety violations, which have proposed penalties of $117,000. OSHA initiated a safety and health investigation this June in response to a complaint filed by the United Steel Workers Union alleging unsafe working conditions at the Franklin Park metal strip and coil processing facility. Violations include lack of a respiratory protection program, multiple… Read more »

Lakewood merchandise printer cited OSHA

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – OSHA has cited Plan B Promotions for six serious and two other-than-serious violations, including exposing workers to excessive levels of heat at the merchandise printer’s Lakewood facility. OSHA initiated an inspection in June in response to a complaint. “By implementing effective engineering controls and work practices, such as using cooling fans and reducing physical demands during hot weather, employers can ensure a safe… Read more »