Standards en Two Employees in 10 Days Suffer Severe Injuries at Green Bay Manufacturer <div class="field-deck"> Bay Fabrication faces more than $219,000 in proposed penalties because machinery was returned to service before providing effective safety guards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>One worker&rsquo;s hand was crushed and another suffered the partial amputation of a finger during a bloody 10-day in July 2016. The two men, employees at Green Bay muffler component manufacturer Bay Fabrication, suffered severe injuries as they operated machinery without adequate safety guards and procedures in place, according to OSHA investigators.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA News Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:34:00 +0000 52431 at <p>Workers suffered crushing injuries and amputations at Bay Fabrication as a result of a lack of functioning machine guarding, according to OSHA.</p> Thinkstock Will The Trump Administration's Regulatory Reform Agenda Include Rollback of EHS Regulations? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 595px; height: 360px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="President-elect Donald Trump takes questions at a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. This was Trump's first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)" />Welcome to part 2 of my 3-part blog series, which discusses how the Trump administration might impact environmental, health and safety regulation.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment OSHA EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:02:00 +0000 52391 at <p>President-elect Donald Trump takes questions at a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. This was Trump&#39;s first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)</p> The Future of Lockout/Tagout: Is Zero Risk an Outdated Approach? <div class="field-deck"> The ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 Standard is considered the defining document for addressing the complex issues of lockout/tagout and methods for the control of hazardous energy, and the Z244 Committee is moving in a new direction. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The control of hazardous energy in the workplace continues to be a challenge for many employers. According to OSHA, failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consensus Safety Training News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:18:00 +0000 52361 at Thinkstock Fiat Chrysler Accused of Clean Air Act Violations 
by EPA <div class="field-deck"> With a sense of déjà vu, EPA announces FCA allegedly installed and failed to disclose software that increases air pollution from vehicles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA on Jan. 12 issued a notice of violation to <a href="" target="_blank">Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act</a> for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines sold in the United States.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:21:00 +0000 52291 at <p>As part of the certification process, automakers are required to disclose and explain any software, known as auxiliary emission control devices, that can alter how a vehicle emits air pollution.</p> Thinkstock Final Beryllium Rule Lowers Exposure Limit for Workers <div class="field-deck"> In a final rule issued the first week of 2017, OSHA has lowered the beryllium exposure limit and established new key provisions to protect workers in a broad range of industries. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA&rsquo;s final rule lowering the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium couldn&rsquo;t come soon enough, according to safety industry advocates.</p> <p>About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium during their work day, including 11,500 construction and shipyard workers, according to OSHA. Beryllium, either inhaled or through skin contact, contributes to an increased risk of lung cancer, chronic lung disease and various sudden on-set respiratory ailments among workers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety Standards News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:17:00 +0000 52211 at Thinkstock Department of Labor Files Suit Against Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. for Terminating Employee <div class="field-deck"> Safety manager at Jasper Roofing terminated for cooperating with OSHA inspection. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor just before year-end alleges that Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. fired a safety manager for complying with an OSHA inspection.</p> <p>The suit is the result of an investigation by OSHA&#39;s Whistleblower Protection Program.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:32:00 +0000 52181 at Thinkstock Nurses Testify for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings <div class="field-deck"> RNs are demanding OSHA take action on a national standard to address violence in the healthcare setting. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Registered nurses who are members of National Nurses United (NNU) are testifying Jan. 10 at a public stakeholder meeting convened by OSHA to allow interested parties to comment on the need for a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance. The meeting is intended to supplement written comments by allowing workers to tell of their personal experiences with workplace violence.</p> <p>Members of NNU &ndash; from states around the country &ndash; will ask that OSHA promptly pass regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety OSHA Enforcement Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:03:00 +0000 52161 at <p>Workers in the healthcare and social assistance industry face extremely high rates of workplace violence. In 2014, 52 percent of all the incidents of workplace violence reported to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) occurred against workers in the healthcare and social assistance industry.</p> Thinkstock OSHA Investigation of Fatal Fall Leads to Citations for Electrical Hazards <div class="field-deck"> OSHA’s investigation of Jersey City Medical Center worker's fatal fall finds the facility allegedly exposed employees to dangerous electrical hazards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA began an inspection of Jersey City Medical Center RWJ Barnabas Health in Jersey City, N.J. on June 28, 2016, after the employer notified the agency that a worker needed to be hospitalized after falling from a ladder as he changed an overhead ballast in a light fixture. The worker later died from his injuries on July 17, 2016.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:54:00 +0000 52081 at Thinkstock John Deere Settles with OSHA on Whistleblower Allegations <div class="field-deck"> Former employee to receive more than $200,000 for being terminated after reporting unsafe working conditions to OSHA. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>John Deere has signed a settlement agreement with OSHA, resolving a lawsuit centering around the anti-retaliation&nbsp;provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.</p> <p>A pipefitter who was terminated from the company in 2012 will receive a total of $204,315 in back wages and &quot;front pay&quot; and $70,685 in other damages after reporting unsafe working conditions and filing a complaint with OSHA after John Deere failed to correct one of the unsafe conditions.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 27 Dec 2016 20:53:00 +0000 51991 at Thinkstock Workers Exposed to Fall, Scaffolding Hazards in Philadelphia <div class="field-deck"> A Plymouth Meeting, Pa., contractor has been fined $87,000 by OSHA for alleged safety violations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Dec. 9, <a href="https://www.osha/ooc/citations/Vanilson_Da_Silva_dba_Real_Contractors_LLC_1154452_12_09_16.pdf" target="_blank">OSHA&nbsp;issued citations to Vanilson Da Silva</a>, doing business as Real Contractors LLC, for four alleged&nbsp;repeat&nbsp;and&nbsp;two alleged serious safety violations. Proposed fin is $87,794.</p> <p>OSHA began an inspection of one of the company&rsquo;s job sites on June 10, after a compliance officer observed Real Contractors&rsquo; employees exposed to fall hazards.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fall Protection OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:58:00 +0000 51971 at Thinkstock