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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

  • South Florida roofing company fined more than $265K

    A Sarasota, Florida roofing company has been fined more than $265,000 by Fed-OSHA for cited violations including fall hazards at two residential worksites. The company has been inspected 17 times in the past five years, with 11 of the inspections resulting in repeat violations of the fall protection standard, according to the agency. WBBH

  • Chicago-area trucker fatally pinned under own rig

    A 50-year-old truck driver was accidentally pinned under his own semi and killed Sunday in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. According to law enforcement, he had apparently been trying to repair his truck when it rolled onto him. A Fed-OSHA representative said the agency does not have jurisdiction over the incident and will not be investigating. […]

  • Man crushed at Minneapolis-area dealership identified

    The worker who was fatally pinned underneath a vehicle that was being unloaded from a truck lift outside a Minneapolis-area car dealership early Saturday morning has been identified as a 26-year-old Fort Worth, Texas man. MNOSHA has been notified of the fatality. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • Oklahoma City workers rescued from scaffold

    Emergency crews on Tuesday rescued two construction workers who were dangling from scaffolding at a hotel site in Oklahoma City. One worker was seen hanging from his harness while the other worker was caught in his harness on the scaffolding. News9 (Oklahoma City) [with video]

  • Man dies after exposure to carbon monoxide at Missouri airport

    A 29-year-old man who was exposed to carbon monoxide at a regional airport in Missouri died Saturday in a Columbia hospital. Two other men who were found unresponsive inside the hangar were treated and released from the hospital. A firefighter was also released after being treated for carbon monoxide exposure. Fed-OSHA is investigating. KMIZ (Columbia, […]

  • Philadelphia rowhouses collapse; Contractor lacked permits, authorities say

    Two adjoining Philadelphia rowhouses collapsed Sunday morning. According to a city licensing official, in addition to not having proper permits, a demolition contractor tasked with taking down both properties failed to file an engineer-designed plan for protecting the adjacent property, as required by the city’s building code. In addition, no code-mandated engineer was onsite to […]