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  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

  • Cal/OSHA Seeks Huge Penalties in Refinery Explosion

    The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited ExxonMobil Refining for 19 alleged violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery. The incident only slightly injured four workers, but investigators concluded that management had been aware of hazardous conditions at the unit in question, yet took no steps […]

  • Standards Board Finally Gets Seats Filled

    Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed four current members of the Cal/OSH Standards Board and named two new members to Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body. The appointments are being said to provide both stability and new faces to the board. The newly appointed members are Robert Blink, 62, of San Francisco, and John Sacco, 60, of Rocklin. Both […]

  • Short Window to Comment on Heat Illness Guidance

    Do you have questions about Cal/OSHA’s new revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation? Do you want the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address your ideas and concerns in its updated guidance document on the regulation? You have to act fast – before Friday, March 6 if you want to weigh in. DOSH […]

Curated Content Articles of Interest from Around the Web

  • Man fatally struck by trailer at Chicago rail yard

    A 47-year-old employee of a trailer repair company died after being run over Wednesday morning at the CSX rail yard in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood. The man reportedly was operating a “spotter trailer” when he was struck by the driver’s side, rear tandem wheels of the trailer as he was moving a piece of equipment […]

  • Fed-OSHA issues silica enforcement memo

    According to a June 8 memorandum from Fed-OSHA, the agency will assist employers that are making good faith efforts to meet the new standard’s requirements. Fed-OSHA indicates that those employers will be treated more leniently than employers in situations where it appears an employer is not making any efforts to comply. National Law Review

  • Ohio junkyard, medical center fined following inspections

    Fed-OSHA has fined a Napoleon, Ohio junkyard more than $75,000 in connection with an explosion that killed a worker last November. The agency also also announced fines of more than $72,000 against Mercy Health pursuant to a November inspection at its St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. During that inspection, Fed-OSHA officials reportedly found employees […]

  • Virginia ammo plant resumes operation after fire

    The Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia resumed making propellant on Thursday, three days after a fire sent three workers to the hospital, two of them with critical injuries. The arsenal expects to have resumed full production by Monday. Fed-OSHA is one of the agencies investigating the incident. Roanoke Times

  • Fed-OSHA probing confined space incident at Missouri plant

    Fed-OSHA is investigating a May 29 accident at a Joplin, Missouri manufacturer that resulted in eight people, including a firefighter, being taken to the hospital after several people reportedly became trapped in storage tank. Joplin Globe

  • New details in Pennsylvania gas station explosion

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released documents last week showing that a Bensalem gas station where an underground gas tank exploded last week, killing a 63-year-old man and injuring his coworker who was believed to have been standing aboveground at the time, was cited in 2015 for several violations that were since corrected. Bucks […]

  • Florida officials probe rollercoaster derailment

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has opened a probe to find out why a rollercoaster derailed at an amusement park Thursday night in Daytona Beach, throwing two riders 34 feet to the ground and leaving two others dangling in one of the ride’s cars, according to fire officials. After the accident, responders […]