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OSHA Proposes New Respirator Protocols

Federal regulators are looking to add two new fit-testing protocols to their standards on respiratory protection.


Silica, Beryllium Top 2016 OSHA List

As 2015 came to a close, new rules on silica, beryllium and record-keeping were among those on the horizon—but not final yet.


OSHA Puts Silica on 2016 Rule List

A final rule on silica exposure topped the list of health and safety rules that might affect the coatings and construction industries in 2016.


3M Buys Capital Safety for $2.5B

3M has completed its acquisition of a global provider of fall personal protection equipment.


Yard's 3rd OSHA Strike Nets $243k Fine

Cited over and over for similar hazards, including one that cost a worker his arm, a Michigan shipbuilder must now answer to 18 new federal citations and $242,940 in penalties.


Painter Tops Lead Cases with $287k Fine

After a dozen federal health and safety cases in 10 years, including a 14th citation for lead hazards, authorities are sending a Chicago painting contractor a six-figure message.


OSHA Cites Northrop Grumman Painting

Complaints about excessive painter exposure to methylene chloride and hexavalent chromium have led to serious federal citations against defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp.


OSHA Won't Act on Dust in 2015

Deflecting calls for action by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the Obama Administration will indefinitely defer a rule to control combustible dust in general industry.


Dust Rule Shelved in OSHA's 2015 Plan

Combustible dust, a common source of fatal explosions and fast-burning fires in a variety of industries, has once again been moved to the regulatory back burner.


Historic Renovation Draws $107K Fine

A sweeping plan to renovate an abandoned 19th-century textile mill in Connecticut has run seriously afoul of federal health and safety regulators.


Top OSHA Hazards Persist for 3rd Year

Racking up more than 18,500 citations, fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory hazards accounted for the top four health and safety violations by U.S. employers in...


OSHA Top 10 Sounds Grim Refrain

For the third straight year, fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection violations—in that order—lead the list of federal health and safety citations issue...


Court Rejects TX Contractor’s Appeal

"Spit and sniff" are not adequate testing methods for confined-space work, an appellate court has informed a Texas contractor whose employee died during an industrial cleaning job.


Worker Action Ends in OSHA Citations

A federal health and safety inspection spawned by worker protests at New Orleans' largest housing redevelopment project has resulted in citations against four contractors.


Painting, Amputation Hazards Draw Fines

A Missouri manufacturer is facing new federal allegations and fines involving its paint shop and other areas of operation.


OSHA Hits Powder Coatings Firm

A Wisconsin powder coatings facility faces $51,800 in federal penalties for allegedly exposing workers to toxic substances.


Free Webinar Addresses Blasting Safety

The inhalation hazards of working with toxic substances during abrasive blasting will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Blasting Contractor Cited for Lead

An Illinois contractor is facing nearly $47,000 in fines for allegedly exposing its abrasive blasters to lead paint, federal officials say.


Bridge Paint Hazards Draw $110k Fine

An Illinois railroad faces $110,500 in proposed penalties after allegedly exposing workers to lead-paint hazards during bridge demolition work in Chicago.


Company Blamed in Trainee’s Death

Cited twice in five years for hazards, including several that led to an amputation, a Texas plating company is now being held responsible for the death of a 22-year-old worker who was learni...


NY Dismissed from Bridge Painter’s Suit

The City of New York has been released from a multi-defendant lawsuit by a former bridge painter who alleges that his years on the job caused his lung cancer.


Concrete Maker Hit with 18 Citations

Silica exposure, confined-space infractions, respiratory hazards, and other health and safety dangers have drawn $153,900 in fines and a lengthy list of federal violations for a New Jersey c...


GC, 5 Subs Fined on Power Plant Project

From shaky scaffolding to lead-paint hazards, more than 30 jobsite violations have landed six contractors from five states in trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Still Led by Falls, OSHA Citations Soar

Federal health and safety officials are dishing out thousands more citations to employers this year for worksite hazards, but the causes remain stubbornly the same as last year.


Falls Again Top OSHA Violations

Employers may not be getting the message about fall protection, according to a new ranking that keeps those violations well atop a new Top 10 list of federal health and safety citations.


Railcar Finishing Work Nets $170K Fine

A New York manufacturer of rail and aircraft interiors is facing 24 federal health and safety citations and $170,100 in fines for coating, sanding and related hazards at its plant in Champla...


OSHA Hits Chicago Paint Shop for $75K

Blocked exits, lack of ventilation and combustible dust in the paint shop have drawn federal citations and fines to a Chicago company that coats and manufactures industrial shelving and stor...


Navy Hazards Addressed; Review Unlikely

Navy officials have addressed toxic-metals exposures that threatened to shut down a California painting and maintenance facility last fall, but federal health officials have declined to take...


Guam Shipyard Faces 61 OSHA Citations

U.S. investigators have recommended nearly $300,000 in fines against Guam Shipyard, a former U.S. Navy facility, for scores of alleged health and safety violations.


Spray Booth Hazards Draw $119K Fine

Unsafe spray finishing operations, including flammable liquids and paint booth hazards, are among the violations that have landed a screen printing company in hot water with federal regulato...


Contractors Fined in Fire that Injured 3

Federal regulators have slapped 22 citations and $60,200 in fines on two government contractors in a flash fire that erupted inside some insulation ductwork and severely burned three workers...


Contractor Fined in Tank Worker’s Death

An Illinois industrial cleaning and painting firm is being held responsible for the death of a worker, who was stricken while cleaning a methylene chloride tank inside a paint thinner plant.


2 Accidents Draw OSHA to Paint Firm

Two accidents in one month at an Alabama paint manufacturer have spurred a wide variety of federal health and safety citations and more than $40,000 in fines for the company.


OSHA Fines Paint Co. $41K in Injuries

Worker injuries at a powder paint manufacturer have drawn multiple federal health and safety violations and more than $40,000 in fines, officials announced.


Coating Firm, GC Cited in Manhole Death

A St. Louis-area industrial painting contractor and general contractor share responsibility in the suffocation of an employee who perished in a pipe 18 feet underground a sewer plant last su...


Tank Worker Killed, 2 Hurt at SC Plant

Authorities are investigating the death of a contract worker who was cleaning a fume tank at a South Carolina paper mill owned by Resolute Forest Products.


OSHA Bills $83K for Asbestos Hazards

A New York asbestos remediation company faces $83,300 in federal fines for nine health and safety violations discovered during an asbestos removal project at a construction site in Albany, N...


OSHA Fines Firm in Blaster's Death

A fatal labeling error that led an abrasive blaster to hook his supplied-air hood to nitrogen gas rather than oxygen will cost a West Virginia employer $42,700 in federal health and safety f...


 
 
   

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