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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

  • Fed-OSHA hands down fines in deaths of two St. Louis workers

    Fed-OSHA has cited a St. Louis, Missouri-area salvage company for fall protection violations after two of its workers fell to their deaths in June in an elevator shaft in St. Louis. The two workers reportedly were in a basket suspended six stories high inside an elevator shaft when it fell. The agency says the employer […]

  • Las Vegas window washer falls to death

    A window washer fell to his death just off the Las Vegas strip Wednesday night. A witness said the man swung around the corner of the tower before falling. Las Vegas Now [with video]

  • OSHNC cites construction company in fatal fall

    The North Carolina Department of Labor has cited a construction company and fined it more than $20,000 after a 24-year-old employee fell 21 stories to his death from a building at an uptown Charlotte, North Carolina jobsite. A worker at the site said the victim was in a hoist elevator that malfunctioned. Charlotte Observer [may […]

  • Fed-OSHA investigating death at Allentown warehouse

    Local law enforcement and Fed-OSHA are investigating the death last week of a 70-year-old man who died in an Allentown, Pennsylvania warehouse that has been undergoing renovations from a former silk mill into apartments. Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

  • Fed-OSHA issues fines for trench collapse

    An Ashton, Idaho farm has been fined nearly $21,000 by Fed-OSHA after a 27-year-old worker, who had been connecting pipes in a trench for a drainage system, died as a result of the trench collapsing in September. One of the citations alleges excavated material was not at least two feet back from the trench. Post […]

  • Industrial accident kills worker at Texas plant

    Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of a 60-year-old man, who reportedly was struck by a vehicle near the loading dock of the Kimberly-Clark plant, in Paris, Texas on Tuesday. eParisExtra

  • Fed-OSHA continues emphasis on excavation and trenching safety

    Effective October 1, 2018, Fed-OSHA updated its National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation, with the intent of describing “policies and procedures … to identify and to reduce hazards which are causing or likely to cause serious injuries and fatalities during trenching and excavation operations.” The agency has directed inspectors to “initiate inspections under this […]