KPA Spotlight: Week of October 9, 2017

by Betsy Sibila on October 13, 2017

EHS Spotlight

KPA is dedicated to providing clients with the latest information on regulatory changes and news surrounding Environmental Health and Safety. Take a look at some recent events that could impact your organization.

Regulatory Updates and Interpretations

OSHA Resumes Regular Enforcement in Texas and Louisiana – October 10, 2017 (OSHA News Release-Region 6)

Dallas, TX–On Oct. 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which had ceased most programmed enforcement actions following Hurricane Harvey, resumed normal enforcement throughout Texas and Louisiana.
Following Hurricane Harvey, OSHA provided compliance assistance and outreach to employers and workers in a number of counties and parishes in Texas and Louisiana. Click here to read more

 

Recent Violations & Citations

State agency slaps BART with a nearly $220,000 fine for worker deaths – October 7, 2017 (Times-Herald News)

California-A state regulatory agency is slapping a nearly $220,000 fine on BART after concluding that its top management and safety culture were to blame for the deaths of two workers during the 2013 labor strikes.

The decision comes nearly four years to the day after a BART train, operated by a trainee with no direct supervision, struck and killed BART employee Christopher Sheppard, 58, of Hayward, and a contractor, 66-year-old Fair Oaks resident Laurence Daniels. The California Public Utilities Commission launched its investigation last year into the workers’ deaths, following investigations from other state and federal agencies. Click here to read more

Companies in Virginia, Michigan endanger workers – October 3, 2017 (ISHN)

A Virginia air conditioning company faces $225,995 in penalties after one of its employees plunged to his death while working on a roof. In Michigan, SET Enterprises of New Boston was issued 10 citations and $102,600 in penalties for exposing workers to amputation hazards. Click here to read more

 

Recent Stories

California wildfires: List of evacuations, emergency alerts, closures, live updates

San Francisco-The death toll from wildfires raging in Northern California has now grown to 21.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office announced two additional deaths there late Tuesday. That brings the county’s total to 11. The other six are spread among Napa, Yuba and Mendocino counties. Click here to read more: California wildfires: List of evacuations, emergency alerts

 

Betsy SibilaKPA Spotlight: Week of October 9, 2017