KPA Spotlight: Week of October 23, 2017

by Betsy Sibila on October 23, 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

Council Approves Construction Safety Training Requirements – October 12, 2017 (CityLand)

NY-City Council unanimously passed a landmark construction safety bill mandating worker training. On September 27, 2017, City Council voted 42-0 to pass Int. No. 1447-C, which will implement mandatory construction safety training standards citywide with equal accessibility.

The bill mandates a uniform baseline amount of safety training hours. Workers must have a cumulative total of 40-55 training hours. This training will be phased in over time—10 hours must be complete by March 2018, 30 hours by December 1, 2018 or 6 months after the first phase, and the remaining hours within 5 months after the second phase. Click here to read more

Washington state a leader in cell tower and telecommunication worker safety – October 12, 2017 (Washington State Dept. of L&I)

Tumwater, WA–Cell tower climbers and telecommunication workers in Washington will have greater protection from safety and health hazards in the future under new rules adopted last week by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I)….

This is the final step in a multi-year effort to update the state’s 40-year-old telecommunication rules to include new safety and health standards for communication tower workers. The new rules take effect Jan. 1, 2018. Click here to read more

Recent Violations & Citations

OSHA Investigation Finds Hazards Remain at North Jersey Warehouse – October 23, 2017 (OSHA News Release-Region 2)

Moonachie, NJ–The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again cited a Moonachie hair distribution company, and proposed $181,280 in penalties, after finding continued safety hazards at the employer’s warehouse.

In April, OSHA initiated an inspection after a complaint alleging imminent safety hazards. Inspectors found that the company failed to keep exit routes free and unobstructed; improperly used required work space around an electrical panel box for storage; and failed to properly store materials to prevent struck-by hazards… Click here to read more

U.S. Department of Labor and Massachusetts Packaging Company and Staffing Agencies Reach Agreements to Enhance Workplace Safeguards – October 24, 2017 (OSHA News Release-Region 1)

Springfield, MA–The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Shield Packaging Co. Inc., ASI Staffing Group Corp., and Southern Mass Staffing have reached agreements to correct hazards and enhance safety following a May 2016 incident in which an employee was injected with a flammable propellant gas.

OSHA found that the Dudley, Massachusetts, company – which packages aerosol containers – failed to implement required procedures to lock out the machine’s power sources or train the employee on how to recognize and avoid the hazard.  Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Shield Packaging will pay $150,000 in penalties… Click here to read more

 

Recent Stories

Worker killed at Southern Indiana Auto Parts Factory – October 23, 2017 (Associated Press)

Jeffersonville, Ind. (AP) — The Clark County coroner and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death of a worker at a southern Indiana auto parts manufacturing plant.

Autoneum’s Toledo, Ohio, plant was fined nearly $570,000 in May following the amputation of an employee’s hand, wrist and part of his forearm. It was cited for three “willful violations,” meaning the company was aware of them, and two repeated violations. Click here to read more

 

Betsy SibilaKPA Spotlight: Week of October 23, 2017