Saturday, May 30, 2020

MAy 2020 OSHA NEws

OSHA News for May2020
May was a bettermonth as more employers embraced live video training.  I like adobeconnect the best because thespeaker can perform live with multiple webcams. MS teams and Bluejeans are good. I was not a fan of Google Meets.
This month’s PowerPointis Intro to OSHA.  It is designed for 1-1.5hours. I will try it out in the OSHA 511 online.
I did get theCOVID19 test from Quest diagnostics. I do not have the virus nor the antibodies.I am like most of the country, being diligent is necessary as more states openup.  Stay safety, it will get better.


OSHA News.
1) Revised Coronaviruspolicy by OSHA
2) Kathy Webb will retire at the end of the month! She isthe Area Director of Chicago South. We both became Area Directors the same day.She was always tough on enforcement and was involved in many notable casesincluding Raani, US Post Office Collapse, and  the NDK Crystals Egregious explosion.
3)  OSHA revisedpolicy recording on Covid19
4) 11firefighters hurt in LA explosion
5) Oregon OSHA fines salon over COVID19
6)  Appeals court gives OSHA a partial victory inRepeat case.
7) IN OSHA criticized for dropping lockout citations atAmazon death case.
8) In exchange for the guilty plea, the U.S.District Court for the District of New Jersey sentenced Robert Riley of FarHills, New Jersey – owner of RSR Home Construction LLC – to two years ofprobation and fined him $5,500 for lying under oath during an investigationthat began in May 2018.

Other Major NewsStories.

1) AL worker diesin a woodchipper
2) COVID-19deaths ( Idid not count the presumptive cases.
Friday May 29, 2020 –97309 deaths,
1,721,926 infected
Friday May 22,2020 – 90425 deaths, 1,557,758 infected
Friday, May 15, 2020 – 80590 deaths, 1,417,889 infected
Friday May 8, 2020 - 69249 deaths, 1,295,972infected
Friday May 1, 2020 – 57799 deaths, 1,095,304infected
3) 500+ cases of Covid19 found at Iowa pork plant.
5) Amazon 8th Covid death nationwide.
6) MTA over 100 covid19 deaths
7) Fire Extinguisher Explosion Death in NY.
8) Covid19 citation for social distancing
9)  South Korea Fire kills40 construction workers.
10) Bluebell CEO facing 7 felonies for covering up listeria.

OSHA Citations
FL $134,937 Falls Roofing Company
SD $122,602 DeathNitrogen, Genetic Company
FL $121,446Falls, Electrical, Glass Distributor.
FL $44,146 Aeriallift death, General Contractor
TX $514,692 PSMexplosion, chemical company
MS $140,720 Fall,tower company
FL $56,405 Trenching,Utilities company
GA $134,937Trenching, Construction Manager

Safety Trainingat Non-Profits (Check Sites for Starting Dates)
Machine GuardingFree Live Streaming                  June 8, 15, 24, 30
Lockout                CSC                                                        June 12
OSHA 7210 Pan FluCovid              NIU live stream June 16,18
OSHA 511Livestream                     NIU                        June 19, June 26,
OSHA 7005 Warehouselive stream          NIU        June 23
OSHA Confined SpaceLive Stream            NIU        June 29

NIU is NorthernIllinois University OSHA Education Center http://www.nsec.niu.edu
FREE machineGuarding https://www.nsec.niu.edu/nsec/course-schedules/free-courses/free-machinery-courses/index.shtml
CSC is theConstruction Safety Council in Hillside. Www.Buildsafe.org
TRMA is ThreeRivers Manufacturers Association  www.trma.org
NSC is NationalSafety Council http://www.nsec.niu.edu/nsec/
I usually teachonly part of the 30 hour and the 500 series. I have been teaching many 10/30hour class for private companies.  I havetaught 1531 people this year. I teach evenings, weekends, early mornings too. Iteach in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Indiana.   
All presentationsare put on slideshare.net for free downloading. I put this presentation at thislink. https://www.slideshare.net/JohnNewquist/introduction-to-osha-234768235
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Thursday, February 6, 2020

January 2020 OSHA News

OSHA News forJanuary 2020
That January wasa hard and busy month. Legal work had me reading 60+ depositions and workingevery day.
This month’sPowerPoint is most cited industry violations. I appreciate the help from OSHAon finishing it.  I put in the 2005 mostcited and the list generally is similar. There are more lockout violations inthe last 15 years.
I renewed myTrain the Trainer for General Industry. It is good to see medium size companiesgetting this for the employees.
I was interviewedfor scaffolding issues by Safety and Health Magazine. Scaffolding isinexpensive to do correctly. Most just need the training.
The AnnualConstruction Safety Conference in March 2-3, 2020< There several interestingtopics including, Suspension Trauma, Task Based PPE, Underground Utilities, VRand AI for Safety training, Aerial Lift Operator qualifications, 2021 NFPA 70E,and Cyber Liability.  I will speak on“What Doesn’t Kill You, Hurts. Preventing the Top 10 Most Common ConstructionHospitalizations”
Stay warm,Inspect the electrical cords and equipment.

OSHA News. 
1) Top OSHAconstruction fines of the fourth quarter.
2) The new 2020maximum OSHA penalties are as follows:
?            Other-than-Serious: $13,494(increased from $13,260)
?            Serious: $13,494 (increased from$13,260)
?            Repeat : $134,937 (increased from$132,589)
?            Willful: $134,937 (increased from$132,589)

3) Statesincreased OSHA inspections.
Workplace safetyinspections by state agencies increased 2.3% in fiscal year 2019, newlyreleased data shows.
The state-ledinspections totaled 42,028, compared with 41,066 in fiscal 2018. However, the2019 total is below the level of two to five years earlier, when statesaveraged more than 43,000 inspections annually.
Conducting thework-site checks were state versions of the federal Occupational Safety andHealth Administration.
In 21states—including California and Michigan, and Puerto Rico—the agencies areprimarily responsible for policing worker safety. In another five states—amongthem Illinois and New York, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—the agencies havejurisdiction only over state and local government employees.
In comparison, federalOSHA made 33,401 inspections during 2019, a 4% boost over its 32,023 visits in2018.
Of the stateinspections, 60% led to citations. For federal OSHA, about 70% of inspectionsresult in citations.
Constructionsites were the most commonly checked workplaces by states, accounting for 42%(17,499) of the state inspections. For federal OSHA, construction has accountedfor about half of its inspections.
Bloomberg Lawobtained the 2019 state data through a Freedom of Information Act request tofederal OSHA, which tracks state efforts.
Staff Retention,Report Response
Steve Hawkins,chair of the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association and anofficial with Tennessee’s program, said two factors likely contributed to theincreased inspections.
Many states havebeen focusing on staff retention, Hawkins said.
Officials fromseveral states over the past decade said federal dollars for state inspectionsdidn’t keep pace with inflation and that state allocations didn’t make up thedifference. The budget crunch meant it could be difficult to retain experiencedinspectors and hire new staff.
The federalgovernment underwrites a portion of the states’ enforcement costs. For 2019,Congress allocated $102.4 million. In 2020, the appropriation increased to $108.6million.
State plans arerequired to at least match their federal enforcement grants and may spend more.In 2018, the most recent year for which state numbers are available, statesequaled the $100.9 million in federal funding and added $128.4 million on theirown.
Hawkins also saidstates have refined the process for deciding how to respond to injury andhospitalization reports.
Starting in 2015,employers were required to report serious injuries and hospitalizations tofederal or state safety agencies. Since then, the agencies have been looking athow to balance responding to those reports compared with conducting other typesof inspections that may prevent future injuries
4) Mike Riverawas selected as Philadelphia Regional Administrator.
5) A contractorwas found in contempt of court for failing to pay more than $2.2 million inOSHA penalties.
The Department ofLabor filed a petition with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for summaryenforcement against Great White Construction Inc., Florida Roofing Experts Inc.and owner Travis Slaughter pursuant to Section 11(b) of the Occupational Safetyand Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) to enforce 12 final orders of the OccupationalSafety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). Those final orders includemultiple egregious, willful and repeat violations for lack of fall protectionand other safety and health hazards at worksites in Florida. On October 2,2017, and June 5, 2018, the court granted the department’s petition, enforcingthe final orders of the commission.
6) OSHA caninclude in a General Duty Clause citation that a hazard was recognized by anemployer’s industry, but it can’t enforce an industry or a consensus standard,an agency spokesperson wrote in an email to S+H. It can, however, use thosestandards to show industry recognition of “a hazard and a feasible means ofabatement,” but the other two parts of the test must be met as well.
Stille’s memoalso states that industry recognition can come from a trade associationguidance document, but Fairfax cautioned that OSHA would likely have to showthat the employer was part of that particular association.
7) Further, in2019, Aluminum Shapes had a total of 13 recordable injuries plant-wide, lessthan half the average of 28 recordable injuries at facilities sharing AluminumShapes’ service and product scope. Far from being out of step with the"safety and health standards" cited by Ms. Dixon-Roderick, AluminumShapes’ standards are outperforming those of its peers.
It was a typicalpress release for a 100k violation.
8) Amazon injuryrate double Cal-OSHA for sector.
Caballero’sinjury was one of 307 injuries and illnesses recorded at the Fresno fulfillmentcenter between June 2018, when it opened, and May 2019, according to federalOccupational Safety and Health Administration records
9) Good articleabout the General Duty Clause
10) “We get somecompanies with a $13,000 fine, but they must spend like $75,000 to fix it ...they’re going far beyond what we’re asking them to do,” said Larry Johnson,OSHA’s district director who oversees central, southern and southeastern Ohio.
This is probablya misquote. The OSHA law says the machine must have a guard. The cost of $75000is never that high. Most machines are guarded for a few thousand dollars. Thefine is the punishment for not guarding it in the first place.
11) OSHA Stateplans increased inspections.

Other Major NewsStories.
1) I am seeing2020 several passing motor vehicle collisions in the last few weeks. This videohas some good tips on gauging distance.
2) Trench rescuerdied trying to save a coworker.
3) Good articleon Workplace cannabis and alcohol by Seyfarth Shaw.
4) Ohio workerdies when falling in a vat of chemicals.
5) Anotherpreteen farm death in MN in less two months.
Upon arrival,responders learned that the 9-year-old boy had been accidentally pinned underthe arms of a skid steer loader during a farming operation.

Safety Trainingat Non-Profits
CHST Prep MNSafety Council                                                              Feb3-5
OSHA 510 CSC                                                                                         Feb10-13
OSHA 511 NIUHoffman Estates                                                           Feb24-27
NIU is NorthernIllinois University OSHA Education Center http://www.nsec.niu.edu
CSC is theConstruction Safety Council in Hillside. Www.Buildsafe.org
TRMA is ThreeRivers Manufacturers Association  www.trma.org
NSC is NationalSafety Council http://www.nsec.niu.edu/nsec/
I usually teachonly part of the 30 hour and the 500 series. I have been teaching many 10/30 hourclass for private companies.  I havetaught 231 people this year. I teach evenings, weekends, early mornings too. Iteach in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Indiana.   
All presentationsare put on slideshare.net for free downloading. I put this presentation at thislink.https://www.slideshare.net/johnanewquist/cy19-gi-most-freq-cited-general-industry
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OSHA CitationsJanuary
$88,482 AL Trenchdeath
$605,371 PARoofing fall protection
$169,524 NJAluminum Manufacturer. Failure to call in injury, and crane issues.
$59,311 PATrenching
$132,600 PA PSMRefinery
$227,304 MARetailer blocked exits
$37,318 MS Trenchdeath
$1,007,717 FLRoofing falls Egregious
$171,628 WI Valvecompany, Lead violations
$79,559 MS Trenchhazards
$159,118 AL Teenfell from roof.

Monday, January 27, 2020

May 2006 OSHA News

Greater Illinois OSHA News             May 31, 2006
Vol. 2. No. 5 

Z Project Conference, May 2, 2006, Area Director’s Choice

The Z Project Conference on May 2nd was a great success and for those of you who weren’t able to attend, we will be doing a series of highlights of the presentations of hazard controls from that conference, starting with the Area Director’s Choice Award recipient, Monsanto Company, Stonington, Illinois.

Monsanto had repetitive motion and potential knife injury challenges in their bagging operation. End of season bags had to be opened, and contents spilled in a pit, exposing employees to lifting, bending and stretching ergo hazards, not to mention the potential of knife cuts in slicing open the bags.  Their hazard control result involved a conveyor, a guarded roto-zip tool, a hopper and a baler, which saved the company 25% in time and a 33% reduction of labor, all for a cost of approximately $100!  Here is their story:

Congratulations to Monsanto/Stonington!

Photo by Ken Koroll

This photo taken in Springfield shows that keeping balanced on a steep roof requires concentration. No slide or fall protection was provided to the workers. 

New 2005 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Guidelines
Every five years, the Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care are reviewed and updated.  New guidelines were released last November and are being implemented throughout our training network.  New programs and products are currently being developed based on these guidelines.  For highlights of these changes, visit http://www.americanheart.org/eccguidelines.  The most significant changes in these guidelines were made to simplify CPR instruction by increasing the number of chest compressions delivered per minute and reducing ventilations during CPR.  

Dr. Gary Erisman Retires from Illinois State University

On May 12th, 2006, an end of an era arrived as Dr. Gary Erisman, Instructional Assistant Professor of the Health Sciences Department of Illinois State University retired.  The Peoria OSHA Office has had a long standing relationship with Dr. Erisman’s Health and Safety classes, providing them with insight into OSHA with updates and classes on recordkeeping and inspection activity.  Our office has had a number of interns from ISU, some of whom became permanent fixtures in our offices (Peoria and Fairview Heights).  Dr. Erisman was a major proponent in assisting in the development of those interns and in referring prospective candidates to our program.  We will miss him and hope his successor will continue the tradition.

Our ISU alumni include:  Brian Bothast, Karl Armstrong, Rob Bonack, Becky Styron, Larken Akins, Paula Lethiot, and Trish Rankin.

We wish Dr. Erisman the best in his retirement.

CAS Peggy Zweber and Dr. Gary Erisman on 
May 1st, 2006, at his Health and Safety Class 
During the “OSHA Update”
General Electric Receives 5 Year Plaque for STAR

General Electric of Mattoon IL successfully passed their OSHA recertification audit this spring. OSHA honored them with a 5 year certification plaque and a new STAR flag. Well done! 

GE Lamp Plant teams with their VPP STAR flag – Celebrating 5 years!!!

Ammonia Release
We just settled a case where a company had required people to use their  noses to detect outdoor ammonia leaks. They have agreed to use monitoring equipment and wear respirators until the level of ammonia can be determined. 

3 Burned in Fire
Fulton county - Three employees were burned when attempting to light a pilot light to a propane gas heater with a grill lighter. Apparently 10 psig was coming out of the propane tank instead of the usual 0.5 psig.

Discrimination Case Settled
Pekin – We settled a case where a worker was laid off for getting an injury. The company didn’t  want an OSHA lost time accident so they admitted to laying off an injured employee to avoid this. The employee will receive back pay and full right to return to work when recovered. 

Struck By Accident
Columbia – A worker at a landscaping retail yard was killed when accidentally run over by an employee using a Bobcat loader. 

Confined Space Double Fatality
Havana – Two workers died in a well pit that was 9 feet deep at a residential location. We are awaiting the coroner’s report to determine cause of death. 

Innovators of the Year
Rob Bonack and Karl Armstrong recently won the National OSHA Innovator of the Year Award for the work on creating a wallet size card for Roofing. On this card are the requirements for shingling and roof sheathing. 

Peoria Changes
I have accepted an offer to transfer to the Chicago Regional Office as Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative and State Programs effective June 19th. I would like to thank all the people from the Peoria and Fairview Heights office that made my job easier which gave me time to work on this newsletter. I hope to continue a form of this newsletter at the Regional Office. In 15 months,  I have seen the office go from the bottom to the top of most efficiency measures and complete a thorough audit by the Regional Office with no major deficiencies. The office received an Honorable Mention as it well deserved for Area  Office of the Year because it really now runs itself with very little direction. I think the people have done quite well and should finish up the year in good shape. I would like thank all the people I have met in the course of speeches and meetings. I really appreciated the hospitality and warm reception that I received. Thank you all. 

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