With Biden’s ETS deadline looming, feds find OSHA compromised worker safety

Kennith Bogan

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  • On-website employees are at increased threat for COVID-19 due to the fact the Occupational Basic safety and Wellness Administration is not furnishing the amount of oversight desired to keep them safe, according to a just lately issued report from the U.S. Division of Labor’s inspector standard. 
  • The IG observed that, as opposed to 2019, OSHA acquired 15% more grievances in general but carried out 50% less inspections, principally to lessen the amount of person-to-particular person get hold of through the pandemic. When as opposed to point out-level response, the federal protection company issued 295 violation citations relevant to 176 COVID-19-linked grievances when states issued 1,679 violation citations associated to 756 equivalent problems. Construction was one particular of the industries with the highest amount of COIVD-19 safety problems at 297. But to place that quantity in context, the Related Normal Contractors of The us trade group counts 6,500 typical
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Citing FIU bridge collapse, feds propose 10-year debarment for FIGG

Kennith Bogan

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  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has suspended FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc. from collaborating in any federally funded projects and has proposed a ten-year debarment period for the firm, according to U.S. Division of Transportation correspondence. The company’s suspension went into effect July 14.
  • The letter from USDOT Acting Inspector General Howard R. “Skip” Elliott to lawmakers said the FHWA was using the action versus FIGG “to safeguard the general public interest.” He said the agency’s decision was primarily based on FIGG’s conduct similar to the Florida Global College (FIU) bridge collapse in Miami in March 2018.
  • FIGG has 30 days to contest the FHWA’s action, at which issue it will be ready to argue versus debarment. If FIGG does not contest the action, then a Suspending and Debarring Official (SDO) will make a decision about debarment primarily based on offered details.

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The FHWA prohibitions on contracting

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