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    OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) have collaborated on a new resource to help protect hospital workers from respiratory hazards. The Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit is for healthcare employers and contains information about respirator use, hazard assessment, hospital respiratory protection programs, among other related topics. An educational monograph created by a body of more than 20,500 healthcare organizations was Read More

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    OSHA Issues Final Rule for Confined Space in Construction Earlier this month, OSHA issued a final rule for confined space in construction, increasing protections for construction workers in confined spaces. The new rule offers construction workers similar protection to that of manufacturing and general industry workers. Differences unique to construction include requirements that ensure multiple employers share vital safety information and to continuously monitor hazards. For more information about the Read More

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    A roofing contractor was cited by OSHA for a variety of safety violations and faces proposed penalties of $43,560. The contractor failed to provide fall protection to workers repairing a roof and offered inadequate anchorage points for fall arrest lines. It also did not train employees on how to recognize and address fall hazards. The contractor also put workers at risk for providing a damaged portable ladder (split Read More

  • Fall Protection According to OSHA: Know the Basics

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    Do you know OSHA rules about the basics of fall protection? Even if workers in your workplace are only exposed to heights occasionally, it’s important to know OSHA regulations regarding fall protection and how to keep your workers safe at all heights. Here are some standard facts you must know: OSHA requires that workers in general industry be protected while working at a height of four feet or Read More

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    An iron foundry was recently investigated, cited and fined by OSHA for the eighth time since 2011 for failing to protect employees from safety and health hazards. Three recent inspections yielded 27 violations and $152,912 in fines. The company was fined for various fall, machine guarding and sling hazards. The foundry has been in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program since August 2013, after not protecting workers from electrical Read More

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    A roofing company was fined $44,660 by OSHA for exposing workers to fall hazards and not providing fall protection. The workers were installing shingles on a roof without fall protection, including guardrails, safety nets, warning-line systems or personal fall arrest systems. The company was cited for one willful and one repeat violation. It also received a violation for failing to train employees on fall prevention hazards and procedures. Read Read More

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    A shipbuilder was cited for 12 OSHA safety and health violations, with proposed penalties totaling $41,500. Among the most serious violations were a lack of standard railings on all staircases (which exposed workers to fall hazards) and improperly secured gas cylinders. The shipbuilder also improperly labeled hazardous chemicals. This marks the third time in the past five years that the shipbuilder has been issued an OSHA citation. To learn about Read More

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    A trucking company faces proposed fines of $43,000 due to five safety and health violations revealed during an OSHA inspection. Repeat violations included not providing employees—potentially exposed to bloodborne pathogens— with the Hepatitis B vaccine. They also failed to enforce annual inspections of written procedures to protect workers from machine parts during maintenance work on landfill tippers, loaders and excavators. The company also failed to train workers on forklift Read More

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    Many companies have been cited by OSHA for having unsafe working conditions and putting their workers at risk. Read more about the violations, as well as proposed changes to injury and illness reporting. Contractor Cited for Several Safety Hazards A construction company was cited by OSHA for 12 safety violations for placing worker in harm’s way for falls, burns and other workplace safety hazards during the installation of seawalls. According Read More

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    Get the latest safety news, including safety violations, here. Learn why an employer was sued by the U.S. Department of Labor and read about companies fined for jeopardizing worker safety. Employer Sued After Employee Files OSHA Complaint A West Springfield, Mass. employer was sued by the U.S. Department of Labor after allegedly firing a worker for filing a safety complaint. The employee informed OSHA about safety and health hazards in Read More

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