US Labor Department’s OSHA renews partnership with electrical contractor groups to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – As part of continuing efforts to improve safety and health for electrical workers, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed a strategic partnership with the Central Ohio Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 683 of Columbus and Union 1105 of Newark.

“This partnership reflects our mutual recognition of the importance of electrical workers’ safety and health, and solidifies our cooperative goal to develop effective safety programs while improving communication,” said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA’s area director in Columbus. “Together, we will take an aggressive and positive approach to place workplace safety and health at the forefront every day.”

The goals of the partnership include researching and implementing safety and health programs, decreasing employees’ injury and illness rates, and achieving measureable improvements in electrical worker safety by … Read more...

US Labor Department’s OSHA exposes safety and health hazards at construction sites through no-notice incident prevention campaign

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PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has concluded its 2012 “Construction Incident Prevention Initiative,” during which it issued 243 citations and assessed a total of $658,862 in proposed fines to companies on construction sites throughout the agency’s Philadelphia Region.

The four-month campaign included 545 no-notice inspections focused on falls, trenches and silica exposure. Fifty-nine percent of the inspections revealed violations, some of the most common of which are failing to use fall protection when working on roofs, ensure that scaffolds are constructed safely and protect trenches from collapse.

“This alarmingly high number of violations underscores the need for employers in the construction industry to make a stronger commitment to workplace safety and health,” said MaryAnn Garrahan, OSHA’s regional administrator in Philadelphia. “Employers are responsible for ensuring safe and healthful workplaces, and will be held legally accountable … Read more...