DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Week Ending July 14th

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

OSHA employer penalties rising

This article is from a blog post summarizing a report by attorney Nina Stillman about methods OSHA is using to increase penalties.  For example, the Stillman report states that OSHA has increased the penalties by:
  • Lengthening the time for considering an employer’s history of serious, willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations from three to five years.
  • Lowering the reduction levels provided to employers based on size—for example, no size reduction will be allowed for employers with more than 251 workers, according to the memo.
  • Increasing minimum penalties for serious violations to $500.
  • Limiting OSHA area directors’ discretion to offer penalty reductions without obtaining approval from OSHA regional offices.
  • Eliminating the 10 percent reduction for employers participating in a strategic partnership.
  • Raising final penalties from a range of $1,500 to $7,000 to a range of $3,000 to $7,000.
Read the blog post here.

Is your small business exempt from OSHA regulation?

The Occupational Safety and Health Act covers most businesses that have employees. It has specific rules and regulations but it also specifies a number of industries that are exempt from the OSHA regulation. Not everyone has to follow OSHA Act regulations and many small businesses are exempt from the requirements.

Read the article on Reuters.

OSHA: No jurisdiction in teen’s death

A federal agency Friday quickly ended its investigation when it found it did not have jurisdiction in the death of a 15-year-old Whiteside County boy who was fatally injured Thursday while working on a farm near Deer Grove. The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department reported Friday morning the teen had died Thursday night in a Rockford hospital.

Read the article in the Bureau County Republican.

OSHA plans 'no-notice' monitoring of construction sites

Compliance officers will be visiting job sites in York, as the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration launches a no-notice effort to reduce fatalities in the construction industry.

The Construction Incident Prevention Initiative is a newly-launched campaign to curb workplace injuries and deaths, and it will send inspectors to OSHA's Philadelphia region, which includes all of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia, a spokeswoman said.

Read the story in the York Dispatch.

BP and OSHA resolve Texas City Refinery citations

The Houston Bay Area News reports that BP and OSHA have reached an agreement to settle 409 of the 439 remaining citations issued to the BP Texas City Refinery in 2009.  BP will pay a civil penalty of $13 million. Excluded from the settlement are 30 citations that BP and OSHA will continue to discuss.

“BP is committed to workplace safety. A strong relationship with OSHA is part of that commitment,” said Iain Conn, BP’s global head of Refining & Marketing. “We respect OSHA and have worked to address their concerns in this latest agreement. Our aim is to be a leader in process safety and we look forward to continuing our cooperation with OSHA to create an even safer workplace in BP and in our industry as a whole.”

Read the article in the The Houston Bay Area News

Related Past Posts:
Safety News Briehs - Willful OSHA Violation
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending June 23rd
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending June 11th

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