Category: Enforcement and Inspection

As today’s workplace becomes more complex, regulation of that workplace increases. In this section, you’ll find the practical advice you need to understand exactly what OSHA, other federal agencies, and their state counterparts, require of you, and to comply in the ways that best satisfy both your and their needs. Look also for important court decisions, advice on how to handle enforcement actions, and news of upcoming changes in workplace health and safety law.

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Dollar Tree Facing $1.2 Million in New OSHA Fines

On August 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced $1,233,364 in new proposed penalties for Dollar Tree Inc. after citing multiple violations at 2 Family Dollar stores in Ohio. Dollar Tree acquired Family Dollar in 2015, according to the agency. The agency cited a Maple Heights, Ohio, store for 1 repeat violation and […]

OSHA Cites Florida, Wisconsin Employers for Fall Violations

On July 27, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced citations for J & L Roofing Inc. of Pompano Beach, Florida, following an employee’s fatal fall and proposed $74,751 in penalties. On July 28, OSHA announced it also cited Lopez Roofing of Appleton, Wisconsin, with one repeat and one serious violation and proposed penalties […]

EPA Continues PFAS Crackdown

On July 18, 2022, the EPA published the final rule “Implementing Statutory Addition of Certain Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Beginning with Reporting Years 2021 and 2022.” The rule adds five PFAS to the toxic chemicals list that must be reported under the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) and the […]

Family Dollar Store Faces $330K in OSHA Fines

Following a fatal shoplifting incident, an Orlando, Florida, Family Dollar store faces $330,446 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties for willful and repeat safety violations, the agency announced July 22. On December 11, 2021, a 41-year-old store employee experienced shortness of breath and nausea after struggling with a shoplifter in a failed effort […]

Construction Stormwater and Runoff Discharges

On June 27, 2022, EPA Region 2 issued an Administrative Compliance Order to The Cliff Corp. and Grupo Caribe, LLC, to stop discharges of stormwater and runoff coming from their hotel and country club construction project in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, from flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. Upon investigation of the site, the EPA found inadequate […]

The Other Side of Safety: Workers’ Compensation

There is more to safety and health than dealing with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections, citations, and penalties. Workers’ compensation is the other side of it. Workers’ compensation claims are much more common than OSHA inspections. Responsibility for ensuring regulatory compliance and administering workers’ compensation may sometimes fall on separate departments—environment, health, and […]

OSHA Plans 1,000 Trench Inspections

In response to a rise in trenching and excavation fatalities—22 workers have suffered fatal injuries in trenching and excavation work so far this year, surpassing the 15 fatalities in all of 2021—the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced plans for 1,000 excavation inspections. The 22 deaths represent a 68% increase over 2021. Agency compliance […]

Electricity Providers Say Proposed CSAPR Plan Threatens Grid Reliability

The EPA’s proposed expanded Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) program to further reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from large industrial sources includes an allowance-based trading program for 25 states. This action is expected to resolve the good neighbor provisions for those states in meeting the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for NOx. The […]

Florida Employers Cited in Fatalities

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) area offices in Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Florida, cited two employers following workplace fatalities. The agency’s Fort Lauderdale office cited Fleming Island, Florida-based Ballhawker of Florida Inc. with 12 serious violations after a 26-year-old diver drowned in a pond on a Ponte Vedra Beach golf course. OSHA is seeking […]

Petition Urges EPA to Address Alleged TCEQ Air Permitting Violations

Thirteen organizations, led by environmental advocacy heavy hitters Earthjustice, Environmental Integrity Project, and the Sierra Club, petitioned the EPA on June 28, 2022, urging the Agency “to take action in Texas, where the state’s air permitting program has for years failed to meet public participation and environmental justice obligations under federal environmental and civil rights […]