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04/23/2020

Discretion in OSHA Enforcement During COVID-19

Last week, OSHA released a memo stating that the Agency will consider an employer’s “good-faith efforts” prior to any enforcement action in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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04/17/2020

OSHA Issues $315K In Citations for a Partial Building Collapse in Downtown New Orleans

OSHA recently issued penalties to 11 contractors related to alleged workplace safety violations at the construction site of a hotel in downtown New Orleans. OSHA alleges these violations led to the partial collapse of a building on Oct. 12, 2019 that killed three workers and seriously injured 18 others.

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04/06/2020

OSHA Issues Guidance Amid N95 Respirator Shortage

In an enforcement guidance memo directed to its officers, OSHA recommends that employers facing a shortage of N95 filtering facepiece respirators, or FFRs, do the following...  

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03/02/2020

Cookie Company Fined $221K for OSHA Violations

Last month, OSHA issued a $221,257 penalty to a New York biscotti manufacturer for allegedly exposing its workers to falls and forklift hazards among other safety violations.  

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02/12/2020

OSHA Celebrates 50 Years of Workplace Safety

OSHA is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new webpage designed to highlight its major accomplishments through the years. OSHA plans to use the webpage to provide additional anniversary information throughout the year and announce special events.

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01/30/2020

Top Six OSHA Violations in the Beer-brewing Industry

Craft Brewing Business recently published a list of six common OSHA violations in the craft brewing industry that was later picked up by Occupational Health & Safety. As more and more craft brewers emerge and expand their workforce, employers in the brewing industry are realizing their own unique responsibilities to protect their employees.

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01/21/2020

There's No Such Thing as "OSHA Approved" Headphones

While there is no specific OSHA standard that prohibits headphones on a job site, workers listening to music can create a safety hazard. If the employee’s music masks sounds like alarms, moving equipment, machinery, traffic, danger signals, or verbal warnings, the results could be tragic.  

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01/06/2020

Railcar Servicer Fined $550K After Worker Fatality

On December 4, OSHA fined a railcar company $551,226 due to confined space safety violations that led to the death of an employee in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

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10/29/2019

Meat Plant Fined $50K by OSHA Following Death of Worker

A Pennsylvania meat processing plant has been fined $49,062 in safety violations after an employee was killed as a result of falling or being pulled into a commercial meat grinder.

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09/17/2019

OSHA's Top 10 Safety Violations for FY 2019

OSHA unveiled its preliminary list of the top 10 most-cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2019 at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in San Diego earlier this month.

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