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OSHA Appeals Decision Invalidating its Multi-Employer Citation Policy

Although the Department of Labor under new Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has indicated that it will be scaling back on the broad interpretation of joint employer for purposes of determining enforcement liability, on November 6, 2017, OSHA filed an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit seeking to preserve the agency’s...… Continue Reading
December 4, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Proposes Further Changes to the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Final Rule

On September 12, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published two proposed rules seeking to further amend the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines final rule which was published on January 23, 2017.  The rule was scheduled to go into effect on May 23, 2017 but MSHA has delayed the...… Continue Reading
November 6, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Implements Medical Standards Action Plan for Inspectors, Technical Personnel

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will implement an action plan for employees who do not meet the agency’s medical standards. As a condition of employment, MSHA inspectors and technical personnel must undergo periodic medical examinations, including vision and hearing tests, and meet medical standards set by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). To read...… Continue Reading
August 24, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues Serious Accident Alert for Crane Operators

After a crane operator suffered serious injuries earlier this year while attempting to stow the crane’s lattice extension, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a serious accident alert for crane operators. To read my full article, click here.… Continue Reading
August 3, 2017

OSHA Exempts Monorail Hoists from Cranes and Derricks Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new enforcement policy that excludes monorail hoists from regulations on cranes and derricks in constructions. Stakeholders had argued that monorail hoists are not the same as cranes and derricks in construction, pointing out that these hoists are attached to fixed monorails mounted on trucks, trailers, scaffolding...… Continue Reading
July 20, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Launches ‘Training Assistance Initiative’ for Miners with Less Experience

Recent coal-mining deaths have prompted the Mine Safety and Health Administration to launch a voluntary “training assistance initiative” for miners with less than one year of experience in mining or in their current job, MSHA has announced. During a “stakeholder presentation” on June 8, 2017, at the agency’s National Mine Health and Safety Academy in...… Continue Reading
June 23, 2017

OSHA Delays Crane Operator Certification Deadline

The compliance date for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule requiring construction crane operators be certified by a third-party evaluator and designated as “qualified” will be delayed, the agency announced on May 22, 2017.  To read the full article, click here.… Continue Reading
June 8, 2017

California OSHA Delays Enforcement of Construction Silica Standard

On April 19, 2017, the Department of Industrial Relations for the State of California issued an important update to Cal/OSHA’s new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction.  The standard is substantially similar to Federal OSHA’s new rules for silica.  The new standard is found under Title 8 section 1532.3 of the California Code of Regulations and like … Continue Reading
April 20, 2017

MSHA Announces Results of Special Impact Inspections From December 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced the results of its monthly special impact inspections from December 2016. During the month, MSHA conducted inspections at 10 coal mines and five metal and nonmetal mines during the month and issued 132 citations.  The inspections took place at mines in Alabama, Illinois, … Continue Reading
March 13, 2017

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