OSHA Issues Direct Final Rule on Crane and Derrick Safety Standards

On August 17, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues a direct final rule and notice of proposed rulemaking which applies the requirements of an August 2010 standard for cranes and derricks in construction to demolition work and underground construction. 

This direct final rule corrects errors in the 2010 rulemaking and applies the same rules on cranes used in other construction sectors to those used in underground construction and demolition. The new wording of the rule makes the standards easier to understand and implement and applying the same standards for all sectors will make enforcement simpler and more efficient. 

The direct final rule becomes effective on November 15, 2012 provided no significant adverse comment is received… Continue reading

Federal Rules Expand List of Diseases Covered by Fund for September 11 First Responders

On the eve of the eleventh anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced that new federal rules have expanded the list of diseases covered by the health care fund for September 11 first responders. The list now includes certain types of cancer. NIOSH made the changes after reviewing scientific evidence which suggests that toxic dust and fumes from the buildings are linked to diseases, including cancer.

In a statement released by NIOSH late Monday afternoon Dr. John Howard said, “The publication of this final rule marks an important step in the effort to provide needed treatment and care to 9/11 responders and survivors through the WTC Health Program.”… Continue reading

7 Companies Cited for Violations Exposing Workers to Asbestos at San Antonio Work Site

Asbestos DustThree Miami-based contractors and four San Antonio-based subcontractors have been cited for 45 serious violations and one other-than-serious violation for exposing workers at a San Antonio construction site to asbestos hazards.  The proposed penalties for these violations is $148,000.

The violations include failure to:

• train workers on the hazards of working with asbestos

• abate asbestos hazards and ensure that employees work in regulated areas

• perform air monitoring for asbestos exposure

• use the required engineering controls to prevent exposure

• require the use of proper respiratory and personal protective equipment

• ensure than an asbestos assessment is performed by a qualified person

The Miami-based contractors include: Newport Property Ventures LLC, who was issued citations for… Continue reading