OSHA Watch

Our editor-in-chief, Glenn Demby, has over 20 years experience in Safety Compliance and OSHA laws & regulations. He has his definitive view on the latest happenings in OSHA across the US, read his unique perspective and invaluable insight in his daily blog, “Compliance Monitor.”

Being on the receiving end of a negative work performance review is never fun, but imagine receiving one for reporting an injury.

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OSHA issues about 90,000 citations per year. Believe it or not, some of these citations are unfair. If you get hit with what you consider to be an unfair citation, you must act fast. You have only 15 working days to file the necessary paperwork.

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Simply having a procedure doesn’t help if the procedure isn’t followed. In fact, from a liability perspective, developing a procedure that isn’t implemented is a bigger risk than not having a procedure at all, especially if failure to implement the procedure causes an accident.

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More tower workers were killed in 2013 than in the previous two years combined, and four more tower-related deaths have already occurred in 2014.

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The company faces $163,240 in proposed penalties for seven repeat, 16 serious, and three other-than-serious safety violations.

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OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses on facilities with a higher than average illness and injury rate, fines manufacturing co. $106,000.

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OSHA has renewed its alliance with the Scaffold and Access Industry Association to provide information and training aimed at protecting workers.

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A 32-year-old worker entered a wire mesh manufacturing machine to retrieve a fallen metal bar, he was struck and killed. OSHA proposes $697,700 fine.

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OSHA’s national emphasis program on amputations and noise found 21 serious violations at a Salem lumber company, including LOTO and seat belt hazards.

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Arlington Plating Co. has been cited for 25 violations that area director says, “demonstrates a lack of commitment to employee safety and health.”

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