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March 7, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Jacksonville Utilities Contractor
For Willful and Serious Safety Violations after Trench Cave-in

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Jax  Utilities Management Inc., a Jacksonville utilities contractor, for  exposing employees to trenching hazards. The company faces proposed  penalties of $271,606.

OSHA initiated its investigation after an employee was injured and hospitalized when an unprotected trench collapsed. Willful citations  were issued for exposing employees to struck-by and caught-in hazards,  and allowing employees to work without cave-in protection. The company  was also issued a serious citation for allowing water to accumulate in  the trench, which contributed to the collapse. The investigation was part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation. Jax Utilities Management Inc. has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

“Trenching and excavation hazards are preventable,” said Brian  Sturtecky, OSHA Jacksonville Area Office Director. “This employer  knowingly exposed employees to dangerous and potentially fatal hazards,  and this injury could have been avoided if the employer had used  required protective systems.”


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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE  BETWEEN THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and  Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Association of Women in  Construction (NAWIC) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a  collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American  workplaces. To that end, OSHA and NAWIC hereby renew in part the  Alliance signed August 21, 2013, with a continued emphasis on  construction hazards.  Specifically, OSHA and NAWIC are committed to  providing NAWIC members and others with information, guidance, and  access to training resources that will help them protect the health and  safety of workers, and understand the rights of workers and the  responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health  Act (OSH Act).

This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the  Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific  activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.

In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and NAWIC recognize that OSHA's State  Plan and On-Site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of  the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and  activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the  advancement of common goals.

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Proposed OSHA Change to Crane Qualification

            

U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
Washington, D.C.
www.osha.gov


For Immediate Release
May 18, 2018
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

   


WASHINGTON, DC?? The U.S. Department of Labor?s Occupational  Safety and Health Administration today announced a proposed rule to  increase the safety of America?s construction sites. In addition to  providing long-term clarity regarding crane operator certification  requirements, the proposal reinstates the employer duty to ensure that a  crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment.?

Under the proposed rule, a change to the categories of certifications  for crane operators would ensure more operators are able to meet the  requirement. The proposal discontinues a 2010 requirement, which never  went into effect, that crane operator certification must include the  crane lifting capacity for which the operator is certified.?The proposal  would expand the type of certification programs for crane operators.

Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. Comments must be submitted by June 20, 2018.

OSHA recently published a final rule  extending the operator certification compliance date until November 10,  2018, in order to provide the agency with additional time to complete  this rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes  and Derricks in Construction standard.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are  responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their  employees.?OSHA?s role is to ensure these conditions for America?s  working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing  training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Specific Employers Required to Submit 2017 Injury and Illness Data by July 1

 

WASHINGTON, DC ? The U.S. Department of Labor?s Occupational  Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers that the  deadline for electronically submitting their 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA  is July 1, 2018.?

Electronic submissions are required of establishments with 250 or more  employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness  records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in  specific industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses.?

For more information, and a link to the Injury Tracking Application, visit the Injury Tracking Application Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA.?

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are  responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their  employees.?OSHA?s role is to ensure these conditions for America?s  working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing  training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.