Category: April 2022 Newsletter

DOL May Revoke Arizona State Plan

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposal to reconsider and revoke the final approval of Arizona’s State OSHA plan, in response to nearly a decade-long pattern of failures to adopt and enforce standards and enforcement policies at least as effective as those used by the department’s Occupational Safety…

Chlorine Leak at Dow

A fire and chlorine leak led to an order for residents in parts of Iberville, Louisiana to shelter in place Monday evening. That shelter in place order was lifted, and the all-clear given, just after midnight. Dow Louisiana Operations released a statement that said employees properly carried out emergency precautions…

OSHA Announces Heat National Emphasis Program

OSHA has launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP), which acts as a nationwide enforcement mechanism for OSHA to proactively inspect workplaces for heat-related hazards across all industries. This means that OSHA can now launch heat-related inspections on high-risk worksites before workers suffer preventable injuries, illnesses, or fatalities. The NEP is…

Biorefinery Hit with 40K in Environmental Violations

Red River Biorefinery, an ethanol and alcohol plant located in North Dakota, was fined nearly $40,000 late last year for multiple violations, state records show, with another $200,000 in fines ready to snap into place if the facility doesn’t comply with state-mandated changes. It’s the latest development for a facility…

LIVE Workplace Ergonomics Specialist Course Open Now!

Overexertion and muscle strains remain the leading causes of injuries in the workplace. According to BLS, over 266,500 musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) were reported in 2019 alone, and statistics indicate that up to half of the nation’s workforce may suffer from ergonomic injuries and illnesses throughout their career. In this course,…

Owners Serve Jail Time for Comp Fraud

A California business owner and her husband will be serving jail time and paying more than $925,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud totaling almost $1 million. Carmen Soruco and her husband, were sentenced Feb. 7 to each serve 120 days in jail and pay more than…

OSHA Initiates 300A Enforcement Program

OSHA is initiating an enforcement program that identifies employers who failed to submit Form 300A data. Annual electronic submissions are required by establishments with 250 or more employees currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees classified in specific industries with historically high rates…

Roofers Caught Without Fall PPE 6 Times in 3 years

An Ohio contractor was cited for the sixth time in three years for exposing roofers to fall hazards on its job sites. OSHA cited the contractor for similar hazards in February 2021, June 2020, and May 2018, as well as another contracting company with the same owner in April and…

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