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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Safety News Briefs - OSHA Issues Citation Without Inspecting Work Site

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have safety news, or safety tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Company Claims OSHA Issued Citation Without Inspecting Site

An article in the West Virginia Gazette reports that Central Environmental Services LLC is contesting an OSHA citation.  The company states that OSHA never inspected the location that is being cited. In addition, the citation, which is for "employees using headlamps that were not 'intrinsically safe' to prevent sparks, fires or explosions" according to the article, was for using equipment (the headlamps) that were not being used at the work site.

Read the story here.

Inspections of Temporary Worker Agencies Double in Response to OSHA Memorandum

Since a memorandum was issued on April 29th, inspections of temporary worker agencies have doubled.  Bloomberg BNA reports that:

"Since inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were told April 29 to pay more attention to issues involving temporary workers, the number of inspections of temporary staffing agencies has doubled compared with last year, OSHA inspection data show."

"In the April 29 memorandum, OSHA compliance officers were instructed to record when and where they find workers from temporary staffing agencies at job sites that are being inspected. The inspectors were told to record the temporary workers' staffing agency, the agency's location, and who is supervising the worker."

Read the story here.

San Bruno Pipeline Explosion
Photo by: Brocken Inaglory
PG&E workers' union argues against penalty for gas explosion

In an editorial in the San Jose Mercury News the construction and maintenance workers employed by Pacific Gas & Electric have come out against a dramatically increased penalty against PG&E for a 2010 pipeline explosion. The editorial states:

"The tragic San Bruno accident on Sept. 9, 2010, occurred on a PG&E pipeline. The accident was the company's fault, and PG&E has taken responsibility. But the recently revised penalty against PG&E proposed by the Public Utilities Commission staff will actually reduce safety, while punishing ratepayers and placing at risk thousands of jobs of people who are working to keep customers safe."

"Apparently not to be satisfied by any result other than driving PG&E into bankruptcy, the staff of the PUC wants to impose a record-breaking penalty against the utility for the San Bruno accident. What supporters of the proposed penalty do not acknowledge are the wide-reaching impacts that a penalty of this magnitude will have, far beyond penalizing PG&E's corporate executives and shareholders."

Read the editorial here.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Accident Rates Vary By State
Safety News Briefs - Five Safety Questions Your CEO Needs To Ask
Safety News Briefs - CSB May "Tell Off" OSHA


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