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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Week Of March 19th

A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news articles with links to the complete stories in other publications.

Court Overturns OSHA Citations Imposed In 1994

In 1994, then Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, personally served Dayton Tire (Dayton) with a citation alleging over 100 willful violations of the OSHA standards. Dayton contested the citation, and by 1997, an appeal was before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). The appeal sat there, with the OSHRC, fully briefed and untouched, for over twelve years, until the Commission issued an order in 2010 affirming nearly all of the violations and assessing a $1.975 million penalty. On March 6th the Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the OSHRC and found that the OSHRC lacked  substantial supporting evidence for finding that the violations were willful.

Read more here: http://www.environmentalsafetyupdate.com/osha-litigation/court-of-appeals-overturns-numerous-willful-osha-citations-and-clearly-reminds-osha-and-the-osha-rev/

OSHA Fine For Grain Silo Safety Violations Reduced To $812,000

Wheat Growers and OSHA reached the settlement in the Dec. 22, 2009, death of Steven Lee of McLaughlin, who suffocated after he was covered with sunflower seeds in a grain silo.

Read the story here: http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/aan-wheat-growers-to-pay-812000-osha-fine-in-connection-with-mans-death-20120313,0,5072447.story

Army Experiments With Electric Bandages  That May Also Be Useful In Industry

The Army Medical Research and Materiel Command is investigating the use of bioelectric bandages, which have been shown in studies to reduce the risk of infection, decrease pain and inflammation, and expedite healing.


Michaels Disputes Claims That Current OSHA Is More Aggressive Than Its Predecessors

David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, and his top deputies told the American Bar Association March 14 that OSHA is always striving to improve but it has not gotten fundamentally more aggressive against employers under the current administration.


Related Past Posts:
Safety News Briefs March 5th
Safety New Briefs March 12th
OSHA Citing Individual Workers

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