This release has been reposted from www.dol.gov.
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...
Once again, we are bringing you the top stories in environment, health and safety news. This week, among other things, we’ll discuss:
- The Elliot Lake mall collapse disaster in Ontario, Canada.
- Big Supreme Court news that is poised to move the battle over greenhouse gases back to Congress.
- Workplace safety inspection blitzes by both OSHA and the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
- Timely OSHA warnings for the Pyrotechnic Industry and a whole lot more.
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