Second Circuit permits longer look-back period for repeat violations

The Second Circuit last week affirmed a citation issued to an employer by Fed-OSHA for a repeat violation of an excavation standard. The court permitted the agency to utilize a longer look-back period for a repeat violation than was outlined in its written policy. National Law Review

Fed-OSHA fines six northwest Ohio companies

Six companies based or operating in northwest Ohio have been fined more than $290,000, combined, for safety violations found during Fed-OSHA’s worksite inspections conducted last fall. The biggest fine, $81,300, was levied against an auto parts manufacturer for an allegedly repeat violation, a power press that did not have adequate guardrails. Toledo Blade

Fed-OSHA lays out upcoming regulatory plans in FY 2019 budget justification

Fed-OSHA expects to complete revisions to its beryllium standards by the end of fiscal year 2019, the agency states in a recently released congressional budget justification. The agency also is set to issue revisions to its Recordkeeping rule and respirator Fit Testing in fiscal 2018, as well as a proposed update to its Hazard Communication […]

Q&A: Black lung disease

In the wake of the discovery of a black lung disease “hot spot” in parts of Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky, two professors of occupational medicine at West Virginia University who treat afflicted miners discuss what causes this disabling disease. The Conversation

Pipe manufacturer fined $75K following finger amputation incident

A Mobile, Alabama fiberglass pipe manufacturer has been fined nearly $75,000 by Fed-OSHA, which determined that the company failed to properly guard a pipe-winding machine, resulting in a finger amputation injury to an employee who had been wearing gloves while working. The agency cited found 12 violations, 10 of which it classified as serious. AL

Fed-OSHA’s response to GAO report on meat, poultry workers called ‘troubling’

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office calls on Fed-OSHA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service and NIOSH to better investigate worker complaints. Fed-OSHA responded that conducting interviews away from workplaces is a challenge, citing issues with inspector safety, witness cooperation and resources. Four lawmakers are now calling for Secretary […]