December 2019 Newsletter          

Inspections  |  Training  |  JSA's  |  Observations  | Incidents |  PrecipAlert

 Osha Enforcement
OSHA enforcement activity is on the rise and so are penalties for non-compliance. Following are just a few examples:


2 managers were sentenced to probations and ordered to pay fines for conspiracy to obstruct justice in an OSHA fatality investigation The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of OHIO has sentenced 2 former managers from Extrudex Aluminum's plant after each plead guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice charges READ MORE...

A newspaper publisher was cited and fined $145,858 after a worker's finger was amputated The U.S. Dept. of Labor 's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited BH Media Group for $145,858  READ MORE...

A chemical manufacturer in penalties after a plant explosion resulted in four fatalities The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Cited AB Specialty Silicones LLC READ MORE..

A fencing company was fined $370,298 after repeatedly exposing workers to amputation hazards when using machinery The U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA has again cited Aruvil International Inc. READ MORE...

A utility pole company was cited $18,564 following a heat-related fatality The U.S. Dept. of Labor's OSHA has cited Smith Mountain Investments LLC  READ MORE...

OSHA Quicktakes

Stay on top of the latest OSHA news, initiatives and products to help identify and prevent workplace hazards.

Principal Deputy Secretary Sweatt focused on OSHA's balanced approach during her address More Info

OSHA's new temporary worker bulletin focuses on hazards in shipyards More Info

The NACOSH will meet December 12 in D.C.  More Info
Make sure you are properly protected from cold stress and other winter weather hazards More Info

A Florida construction company worked with OSHA's on-site consultation program to emphasize safety and reduce injury rates More Info

OSHA has resources to help keep workers safe during the holiday shopping season as they work to get merchandise from the warehouse to your home More Info
What's Up with MEWP's
The guidelines that regulate the use of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs), such as boom and scissor lifts are changing.

Equipment technology has evolved over the years and the ANSI A92 Standard that governs MEWP's has evolved too. It was last updated in 2006.  These new changes, effective December 2019, will impact the design, safe use and training requirements.

Specific sections that are changing include: A92.20 (Design), A92.22 (Safe Use), and A92.24 (Training).

Changes impacting design include wind ratings, chassis angle and load capacity. These changes fall squarely on the manufacturer. 

However, the other changes (Safe Use and Training) will impact the employer who operates MEWP's, rental companies and those who supervise employees operating these machines.

Check out the article in ISHN Magazine by Rick Smith for more information. View Article

Safety Reports is evaluating these changes and will update our checklists in the coming weeks.

OSHA Embraces Leading Indicators

Leading indicators are proactive, preventive, and predictive measures that provide information about the effective performance of safety and health activities.

In contrast, lagging indicators measure the occurrence and frequency of events that occurred in the past, such as the rate of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities?

Tracking such things as the number of weekly Toolbox Talks completed, attendance percentage, number of safety observations submitted weekly, or identifying and controlling known hazards are all examples of leading indicators.

Safety Reports' Apps make it simple to track these leading indicators. And our Performance Reports provide you with the data needed, in real-time.

For more information on Leading Indicators, click here.

 What's the Hazard?

Do you like podcasts? If so, here's a new one that's worth your time. 
Click here to check out the latest podcasts from Fletcher Safety Consulting. Want to contribute to the podcast, 
send your ideas, topics to Doug Fletcher at:


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