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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

  • Printing company fined $42K for hazards including amputation

    Fed-OSHA has find a Doral, Florida-based commercial printer more than $42,000 for 12 alleged serious violations found during two inspections. Cited hazards included exposing employees to a “caught-by” hazard for not having an energy control program to protect workers as they did work on press equipment, such as replacing parts or changing rollers or hoses. […]

  • Contractor found dead at Indiana wastewater facility

    A 63-year-old private contractor who was hired to provide testing and maintenance was found dead January 9 at a Franklin County, Tennessee wastewater treatment facility in an apparent drowning. IOSHA is investigating. WKRC

  • Florida: Spinning blade kills helicopter pilot

    A 62-year-old man who was working on his employer’s helicopter at Brooksville, Florida aircraft hangar died instantly last Thursday when a spinning blade struck him in the head. Tampa Bay Times

  • Ag shop safety tips can help keep employees on the job

    A common problem in agriculture shops is the accumulation of boxes, garbage, tools and other materials piled in open spaces. Over time this clutter can make it difficult for employees to reach proper emergency supplies or exits in the case of dangerous events. Here are some safety tips for these worksites. The Country Today

  • Fed-OSHA fines contractor $155K in New York City mini-crane accident

    Fed-OSHA has cited a St. Louis-based contractor and fined it more than $155,000 in connection with a mini-crane accident on a project in New York City last June. The crane was lifting a facade’s curtain wall panels into place when it tipped and struck a worker in the back and caused another worker to fall […]