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What You Can Learn From OSHA Fall Protection Citations

In April, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a $2.4 million dollar settlement with Republic Steel over alleged safety violations found in plants located in Lorain, Canton and Massillon, Ohio, and Blasdell, N.Y. The comprehensive settlement addresses more than 100 alleged OSHA safety and health violations discovered in 2013 and a “serious” citation stemming from the death of a Republic employee in the Lorain plant rail yard in February, 2014.

Although the sheer size of the settlement is an ample reminder that we should all take safety seriously, perhaps the more interesting part of this story is how Republic first landed in the crosshairs of OSHA inspectors.  Last fall, OSHA placed all of Republic’s facilities under greater scrutiny when an employee sustained serious injuries after falling through a roof at the Lorain plant.  As a result of this incident, OSHA inspectors fanned out to multiple Republic plants under the auspices of the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).  This program “concentrates resources on inspecting employers who have demonstrated indifference to their OSH Act obligations by willful, repeated, or failure-to-abate violations.”

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Did You Know?

All skylights are considered an opening and therefore must be protected from a fall exposure?