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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Environmental Law

June Environmental Enforcement Report

We have a dozen new cases to touch on this month, covering violations discovered across 7 regions. Penalties and fines ranged from just under $3,000 to $400,000; learn from these examples of water woes, air violations, and permit slip-ups so that your facility doesn’t become the next organization on our monthly list.

Agriculture

PSM Enforcement for Agricultural Wholesalers Revised by OSHA

Consistent with the opinion issued in September 2016 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for DC Circuit (Agricultural Retailers Association and the Fertilizer Institute v. U.S. Department of Labor), OSHA has announced that it will not issue citations under its Process Safety Management (PSM) standard for certain wholesalers of agricultural products.

Environmental Enforcement Actions Are In

This week’s reported environmental enforcement actions cost companies some big bucks. Added to the fines are compliance action and supplemental environmental project (SEP) costs that the companies must complete as a result of their violation. For its violations of Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) regulations, a structural steel and platework fabricator will pay upwards of $147,000 […]

Supporter for trench

Fatal Trench Collapse Results in Citation of Contractor, Staffing Agency

OSHA has cited All Power Construction Corp. and staffing agency Labor Finders of Tennessee Inc. after a temporary employee installing sewer lines at an Alabama work site suffered a fatal injury in a trench collapse. All Power Construction Corp. faces $139,684 in proposed penalties and Labor Finders of Tennessee Inc. faces the maximum allowed $12,934 […]

Inspection and enforcement

Yet Another Environmental Enforcement Rundown

Read on for a new baker’s dozen of enviro enforcement actions, from waste issues to pesticide problems to risk management violations. Some of the citations were six figures—clear evidence that complacency toward environmental compliance is tolerated at the peril of organizations in many industries.

Excavation and trenching

Trenching and Excavation: OSHA Enforcement and Guidance

Excavating and trenching are some of the most hazardous operations in construction, and OSHA is keeping an eye on employers. Today we’re taking look at some recent enforcement actions surrounding trench collapse hazards along with a guidance document from OSHA.