This came through from my google alerts…a waterproofing companys employees who we’re working in a trench when it collapsed was fined $50,000 for failing to take proper shoring procedures. READ about it at this link.
Saw this on my Paint Square newsletter this morning…
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is conducting a comprehensive review of hundreds of chemical Permissible Exposure Limits that the agency says are dangerously outdated.
The review could lead to lower, or even first-time, PELs for hundreds of chemicals. The impact could reverberate throughout the paint and coatings industry, where scores of chemicals are already subject to PELs and new health risks from workplace chemical exposures are being reported almost daily.
“Many of our permissible exposure limits are based on 1950s-era science that we now realize is inadequate to protect workers in 21st-century workplaces,” Dr. David Michaels, OSHA Administrator, has said. READ ALL OF THIS ARTICLE AT PAINT SQUARE BY CLICKING HERE
Saw this on Paint Square’s daily newsletter…passing it on.
OSHA cited Exterior Stucco Systems Inc., Wayne, N.J., with five repeat safety violations involving fall hazards at a Staten Island, N.Y., worksite. Proposed penalties total $61,600.
The company also has been added to OSHA’s “Severe Violator Enforcement Program” due to a number of repeat violations, the agency said. A repeat violation is issued when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule, or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.
- maintain a safety program;
- fully plank scaffold platforms;
- provide a ladder for safe scaffold access;
- remove and replace damaged scaffold components; and
- properly brace scaffolds with cross braces.
General contractors and other job-site employers may be held responsible for violations created by a subcontractor whose workers are exposed to safety or health hazards, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled.
The decision upholds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s multi-employer citation policy and reverses a decision that the Commission itself made during the previous administration.
Under the policy, OSHA inspectors may cite employers on multi-employer worksites for violations that do not expose their own workers to occupational hazards. For example, a general contractor who controls the worksite may be responsible for violations created by a subcontractor, exposing the subcontractor’s employees to safety or health hazards.
The Commission’s Aug. 19 decision affirms an earlier decision by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court had rejected the Commission’s previous view that employers are READ THE REST BY CLICKING HERE
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a total of $90,000 in fines against four New York contractors as the result of a Dec. 15, 2009, balcony collapse at a five-story residential building under construction at 701 Union St. in Brooklyn.
Cited are steel erection contractor N&C Iron Works Inc. of Brooklyn and three Staten Island contractors, project general contractor NNF Enterprises Inc. doing business as FDM Construction, masonry subcontractor IVM General Construction Inc. and carpentry subcontractor Barbaria Construction.
An employee of N&C Iron Works fell 20 feet when the second floor balcony he was standing on collapsed as he was attempting to jack up the third floor balcony. OSHA’s inspection found that the second floor balcony was overloaded, improperly constructed and incapable of supporting its weight load. The scaffold on which employees were performing steel erection work was improperly constructed and employees lacked fall protection.
“These employers failed to ensure that all necessary safeguards were in place and in use, thus exposing workers at this jobsite to potentially deadly fall and crushing hazards,” said Kay Gee, OSHA’s area director for Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. “While it is fortunate that no one was killed in this incident, worksite safety and workers’ lives cannot and must never be dependent on chance or luck.”
As a result of its investigation, OSHA has fined NNF Enterprises $46,250 for failing to brace or support the balcony, unsecured scaffold decking, no regular worksite safety inspections, debris in an access stairway and missing railings. N&C Iron Works Inc. has been fined $29,250 for lack of fall protection, not training employees on fall and scaffold hazards, overloading and not ensuring the stability of the balcony, stairway debris and missing railings. IVM General Construction Inc. has been fined $13,000 for the overloaded balcony, the inadequately constructed and planked scaffold, lack of fall protection, stairway debris and missing railings. Barbaria Construction has been fined $1,500 for unsecured scaffold decking.
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