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Monday, August 27, 2012

Safety News Briefs - OSHA Safety Standards Cover Workers Outside The U.S.

This is a weekly news feature that provides summaries of safety related news with links to the complete stories in other publications.

OSHA Loses Repeat Violation Argument

In 2002, OSHA issued citations to Loretto-Oswego Residential Health Care Facility, several of which were citations for repeat violations. Loretto-Oswego argued that those citations were incorrectly classified as repeat violations. On August 13th the U.S. 2nd Circuit issued a ruling in favor of Loretto-Oswego.

Read the story in Safety\News Alert.

OSHA Standards Cover Workers Outside The U.S.

The Newspaper Guild - Communications Workers of America (CWA) union blog reports that in an OSHA case against ABC, involving news staffs covering Japan’s tsunami, ABC was fined $3,000. CWA and NewsGuild leaders say the small penalty pales next to the far-reaching precedent the case sets.

“OSHA officials made it clear that the agency provides coverage of U.S. companies and their employees, even if the work is performed outside the United States,” CWA Safety and Health Director Dave LeGrande said. “This decision has tremendous potential for union safety and health activities for our NABET and Guild members, and others, who perform work outside the country.”

Read the story here.

Maine Construction Company Owner Calls OSHA ‘bullies,’ Refuses To Pay Fines

The Main Sun Journal reports that Augusta contractor Linwood Stover is refusing to pay OSHA fines that resulted from a structure falling on Mr. Stover and a employee, resulting in a fatal injury to the employee.  The article reports:

"Linwood Stover, owner of Kennebec Home Improvements, when reached on his phone by the Bangor Daily News, said he has no intention of paying the $9,240 in fines that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied on Aug. 9. He claimed all the violations OSHA cited were wrong."

"In 2010, before Stover began working on that job, he said he contacted OSHA to ask about what he needed to do to create a safe worksite and not run afoul of regulations. According to Stover, he was sent a book published in 2002, 'and Mr. OSHA can’t sit there and tell me no laws have changed since 2002.'"

"In addition, the book proved no help because of its complexity, he said. 'You couldn’t read that book if you were a scientist!'"

Read the Maine Sun Journal article here.

A second article talks about possible IRS involvement (click here).
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/17/2302053/osha-oversight-of-states-falling.html#storylink=cpy

Do you have any thoughts on this story?  Is Mr. Stover right or is he being unreasonable?  Add your comments below.

Related Past Posts:
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