OSHA Enforcement: OSHA Continues to Protect Employers from Hazardous Press Releases.

Twenty more companies succeeded over the past week in hiding federal OSHA enforcement actions from the withering public scrutiny that press releases have traditionally provided.  Since last January 18, OSHA has issued only one enforcement-related press release. As usual, for a few we have been able to get some details that might have been useful…

OSHA Enforcement Update: Confined Space Writes OSHA Press Releases

If OSHA won’t do it, Confined Space will. During the Obama administration, OSHA’s policy was to issue a press release for any citation greater than $40,000. Since January 20, 2017,  OSHA has issued roughly 200 citations for $40,000 or above. Yesterday, OSHA issued its first — and thus far, only — enforcement press release of…

BREAKING!!! OSHA Issues First Enforcement Press Release Announcing $1.5 million fine for two trench deaths

Employer in fatal Boston trench collapse did not provide safety training and basic safeguards for employees, OSHA finds Atlantic Drain Service Co. Inc. cited for 18 violations In a sharp break from Trump OSHA tradition, OSHA today issued the first enforcement-related press release of this administration, close to $1.5 million for the death of two…

“I had to watch this poor kid’s head get crushed”

Common procedure for a workplace fatality: Blame the worker. Then blame the guy who warned that the workplace was dangerous. And fire him. Problem resolved. Case closed. Move along. This seems to be the practice of Goodwill Industries in Sacramento that was fined over $106,000 after Abraham Nicholas Garza’s head was crushed in a trash compactor,…

OSHA Enforcement: Going into Third Month with No Press Releases

Below is the third installment of large OSHA enforcement cases about which OSHA continues to issue no press releases. None. (OSHA did finally issue an “enforcement” press release earlier this week, although that was actually a whistleblower case against Wells Fargo, not a safety or health case.)  OSHA has still not issued a single press release…

OSHA Resumes Preventive Auto Parts Inspections

OSHA today officially renewed its Regional Emphasis Program (REP) targeting auto parts establishments in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Following the devastating Bloomberg Business Week article about preventable fatalities and injuries in foreign-owned auto parts facilities in the South, Confined Space learned that OSHA’s auto parts REP had expired on February 4, 2017 and had not been…

Large OSHA Enforcement Cases: Still Silence from OSHA — But Not From Confined Space

It has now been 41 days since OSHA has issued an enforcement-related press release. In 2016, OSHA issued 486 enforcement-related press releases. And if we do the math, at this rate, the Trump Administration’s enforcement press releases will come to approximately…. ZERO. Below is the second batch of large (over $40,000) cases that OSHA has…

Auto Parts Industry Enforcement Update

Last week, following the devastating Bloomberg Business Week article detailing the human carnage in Southern auto parts facilities,  I reported that OSHA had stopped doing pro-active (programmed) inspections in those facilities.  After I posted an analysis of that article, I read OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program (REP) targeting Auto Parts establishments in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi and…

OSHA Stops Preventive Inspections in Southern Auto Parts Industry

In the wake of  yesterday’s devastating article in Bloomberg Business Week about the carnage in foreign-owned auto parts facilities in the South,  Confined Space has learned that OSHA has apparently stopped doing programmed (or pro-active) inspections in Southern auto parts plants. In my summary and analysis of the Business Week article, I discussed OSHA’s Regional Emphasis…