Avetta Industry Watch – Week of November 14

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Industry News

  • OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Starts White House Review – The National Law Review: The White House review process has officially begun and as of October 14, the Office of Management and Budget has 90 days to complete the review process. What’s under consideration? The OSHA recordkeeping rule proposes that employers be required to keep accurate records as long as required for the year in which an incident occurred. It would also increase the statute of limitations from six months to five years after an incident occurs.
  • Trench Collapse Fatalities Have More Than Doubled This Year – Construction Equipment: The year of 2016 has proven to be dangerous for trench safety. Twenty-three workers have been killed in trench collapses and an additional 12 have reported injuries. This deeper investigation into trench safety stems from a June incident in which protection was not provided to workers and an individual was killed during a cave-in. For reference, one cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 lbs.
  • 112 Million Workers Impacted by Final OSHA Rule Updating Walking-Working Surfaces Standards – EHS Today: The Walking-Working Surfaces standard specifically addresses slip, trip and fall hazards in the workplace. As of January 17, 2017, a focus on technological advances and worker flexibility will be instilled in the hopes of decreasing workplace injury and death. Twenty-nine fatalities and more than 5,842 injuries are expected to be prevented yearly, as a result of this standard.
  • 5 Supply Chain Management Tips – Raconteur: It’s important to be prepared for changes within a supply chain while expanding into new territories or markets. This article addresses five tips for how to properly manage a supply chain during a transitional period. These tips focus on specifics, such as procurement and logistics.

Supplier Violations and Fines

  • Nebraska Grain Facility Fined Nearly $527K over Worker’s Death – Insurance Journal: A Nebraska grain facility has been issued 15 serious and two lesser violations totaling $527,000 in fines. The investigation that led to the issuance of these violations follows a May incident in which a man was killed after being buried by corn.
  • OSHA fines CT contractor $185K for willful, repeat fall violations – Construction DIVE: One willful, three repeat and two serious violations for inadequate fall protection have been issued to a Connecticut based contractor. These violations total over $185,000 in fines. During multiple inspections OSHA inspectors noted that safety harnesses were not properly tied off, ladders didn’t extend to the appropriate length and open holes in the roof didn’t have appropriate fall guards.
  • OSHA Says Training Could Have Prevented Tree Service Worker's Death – Occupational Health & Safety: After an employee was killed by a wood chipper at a worksite in Albany, New York, OSHA claims that proper training could have prevented the incident. Since the incident, OSHA has issued one willful violation for lack of training and three additional serious violations. 

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