Incident reduction secondary in rewrite of OSHA reporting, anti-retaliation rules

By Don Marsh

An Associated Builders & Contractors-led lawsuit filed last month adds perspective to the curious Occupational Safety and Health Administration case noted here in April, where United States Steel Corp. found itself on the defensive for a zero tolerance policy on delayed workplace injury reporting. The ABC action spotlights anti-retaliation measures the agency applied to the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker.

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Cummins shaves 500-plus lbs. from ISX12 successor

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Sources: Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind.; CP staff

Sculptured block design, attributable to casting and engineering improvements that place iron where it is most needed, plus high-strength composites for oil pan and valve cover, have netted a 12-liter engine at 2,050 lbs., nearly 600 lbs. lighter than Cummins’ current ISX12. The X12 will debut in 2018 with the Single Module exhaust aftertreatment chamber, which weighs 40 percent less than the ISX series’ three-component, switch back-style assembly.

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NPCA schedules free webinar on OSHA electronic recordkeeping rule

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

Occupational Safety & Health Administration-wise attorney Melissa Bailey, a shareholder in the Washington, D.C., office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C., will present an August 17 webinar on the agency’s electronic recordkeeping rule.

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ACI report covers insulating concrete form practice, system variety

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The new ACI560R-16 Report on Design and Construction with Insulating Concrete Forms is a comprehensive introduction to ICF wall practice. In spite of their simplicity, authors note, such systems are based on extensive research and continue to evolve with changes in technology.

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Lafarge captures western Canada territory for StormTrap products

Sources: Lafarge Canada Inc., Calgary; CP staff

Romeoville, Ill.-based stormwater management systems developer StormTrap has entered a licensing and production agreement granting Lafarge Canada exclusive rights to proprietary precast concrete detention and retention products from northwest Ontario to British Columbia. The producer serves drainage markets across that expanse from precast and concrete pipe plants in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.

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Bending to OSHA, steel giant relaxes policy on timely reporting of plant incidents, injuries

Sources: Occupational Safety & Health Administration; CP staff

To settle a Department of Labor complaint alleging Occupational Safety and Health Act violations, Pittsburgh-based United States Steel Corp. has agreed to rescind its Immediate Reporting Policy regarding workplace injuries as well as disciplinary measures against three Pennsylvania and Ohio plant workers to whom it had been applied.

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Industry pushback helps stall OSHA electronic reporting, anti-retaliation rule enforcement

Sources: CP staff; Associated Builders & Contractors, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, D.C.

Concurrent implementation of the OSHA “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule’s anti-retaliation and electronic injury reporting portions is shifting from August 10 to November 2016 and January 2017, respectively.

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