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Top 10 OSHA stories of 2013

Ranked by your clicks, we’ve gathered the stories about OSHA that garnered the most attention on Safety News Alert in 2013. Here are the top 10:

  1. Are we about to see a flood of new OSHA rules? The question still stands. There is reason to believe we’ll see more new OSHA rules in 2014 than we saw in 2011-2012.
  2. Worker crushed to death on first day on the job. “A worker’s first day at work shouldn’t be his last day on earth,” said OSHA administrator David Michaels about a 21-year-old temporary worker who was crushed to death his first day on the job.
  3. Bumble Bee tuna worker cooked to death in oven; Cal/OSHA issues fines. Cal/OSHA issued $73,995 in fines for six violations.
  4. General duty clause violation or unpreventable employee misconduct? If you’ve provided safety training to employees, but a worker’s actions lead to his death, is it an OSHA violation or unpreventable employee misconduct?
  5. What’s on OSHA’s regulatory agenda for 2014? OSHA recently released its regulatory agenda, listing its priorities for enacting new and revised regulations.
  6. Top 10 FAQs about OSHA’s new GHS training requirement. OSHA required more than five million U.S. businesses to train 43 million employees on the new labels and safety data sheets included in the new hazcom standard revisions by Dec. 1, 2013.
  7. Alberta to fine workers for safety violations: Should U.S. do that? Not so much a post about U.S. OSHA as a comparison to a tactic used by our neighbor to the north.
  8. Fatality follows near-miss: OSHA names company severe violator. Near-misses are a chance to learn and improve safety measures, but this company neglected to heed the warning.
  9. Owner faces prison, $250K fine in death of employee. The owner of a printing company pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and five felony counts of willful violations of Cal/OSHA regulations causing death.
  10. OSHA’s top 10 violations for 2013. The list covers the period from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013.

Check back with Safety News Alert for more posts looking at the year 2013 in safety.

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