OSHA has fined a brewery in Portsmouth, NH, $63,500 in connection with the explosion of a beer keg that struck and killed a worker.
OSHA administrator David Michaels has called for a new emphasis on the health regulation side of the agency. Recent fines received by one company show the potential impact of this new emphasis.
A Wisconsin company will pay a $700,000 fine and take additional steps after OSHA said it exposed 14 workers to dangerous lead levels.
Want to see an OSHA inspector at your facility? Ignore chemical hazards as these two companies did.
Companies won’t be facing a new, stricter permissible exposure limit (PEL) for hexavalent chromium.
OSHA regulations require companies to provide free medical surveillance for employees with symptoms of excessive hexavalent chromium chemical exposure. A recent fine issued by the agency sends a message: When OSHA says free, it means at no cost to the employees.
More than 40,000 workers die each year from exposure to toxic chemicals at work — 10 times the number that die from safety incidents such as falls, fires and explosions. So why isn’t OSHA doing more to curb these health threats?
Questions have arisen about whether the Trump administration has weakened the OSHA electronic injury reporting rule because there appear to be few (if any) penalties tied to not reporting. That’s changed.
Talk about a large facility with lots of potential OSHA violations. And the agency did just that at the Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant in Nevada, issuing 58 citations.
OSHA says employees at Birds Eye Foods’ facility in Darien, WI, were “left in the cold.” Now the company faces $109,400 in fines.
A company in Barboursville, WV, faces $56,250 in OSHA fines following a fatality at the plant earlier this year.
OSHA found 14 workers at this company had lead levels up to 20 times the maximum exposure limit. That led to 14 separate violations, one for each worker, helping to bring this company’s total fine to $1,395,000.
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