Category Archives: Legislative News

ARTBA says final WOTUS rule brings clarity to transportation project reviews

ARTBA says final WOTUS rule brings clarity to transportation project reviews

The Trump administration’s rewrite of the 2015 “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule will help restore clarity to federal wetlands regulations and reduce delays to important transportation improvements, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says. ARTBA President Dave Bauer credited the administration for fulfilling its promise to bring clarity to the muddied […]

Has there been a change of direction? The declining number of OSHA inspectors under the Trump Administration

Has there been a change of direction? The declining number of OSHA inspectors under the Trump Administration

by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams Fisher Phillips As all Americans are aware, each presidential administration has its own priorities. President Trump’s administration is no different in this regard. In fact, President Trump has put his stamp on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) by stalling, delaying or modifying Obama-administration policies (think the anti-retaliation […]

Jovita Carranza begins as SBA’s 26th administrator

Jovita Carranza begins as SBA’s 26th administrator

  WASHINGTON, DC — Jovita Carranza was sworn in recently as the 26th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). She leads the only federal agency exclusively dedicated to assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs in starting, growing and expanding their businesses and providing targeted recovery support in declared disasters. This is Carranza’s second […]

OSHA stresses limits on computer-based training

OSHA stresses limits on computer-based training

Source: EHS Today David Sparkman The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) takes employee safety training very seriously, and in support of that commitment the agency recently reinforced its stated policy that online and computer training alone for employees is not adequate to meet federal train requirements. “One of the keys that OSHA emphasizes in […]

New conveyor belt cleaner design: Reduce inventory with cut-to-length

New conveyor belt cleaner design: Reduce inventory with cut-to-length

A new conveyor belt cleaner has been designed with an innovative method of holding the urethane blade in place without the need to mill any slots for holding pins. Combining the benefits of previous designs into one product, the QC1+TM belt cleaner from Martin Engineering can be cut to length to fit virtually any application, […]

What to expect from OSHA in 2020

What to expect from OSHA in 2020

Proposed rulemakings and initiatives stand out on the agency’s agenda Source: EHS Today by David Sparkman Don’t expect OSHA to slow down as it enters the fifth decade of its existence, following a year of heightened activity in support of its workplace safety mission. An agency of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), OSHA spent […]

Fall 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

Fall 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

The Trump Administration’s Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Agenda) reports on the actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and long term. Released by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Agenda demonstrates this Administration’s ongoing commitment to fundamental regulatory reform and a reorientation toward reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens on […]

NYS Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) compliance

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) compliance

The NYS Legislature decided not to extend the deadline for enforcement with the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). As a result, operators of “heavy duty vehicles” (“HDV”) that are operated “by or on behalf of” New York State must comply with DERA by December 31, 2019. Below is the updated DERA What is DERA? DEC’s regulations […]

Department of Labor schedules NACOSH meeting

Department of Labor schedules NACOSH meeting

Source: EHS Today A meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) will take place on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. The agenda includes an update on key OSHA initiatives from Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt and remarks from National Institute […]

National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship

National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of National Apprenticeship Week activities, the U.S. Department of Labor today hosted over 200 stakeholders from around the country at the National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship at the Department’s headquarters in Washington D.C. Sponsored by the Department’s Women’s Bureau, the summit – which brought together apprenticeship sponsors, employers, educational […]

OSHA okays new respiratory fit testing protocols

OSHA okays new respiratory fit testing protocols

Source: EHS Today / David Sparkman On Sept. 25, OSHA issued a final rule approving two additional quantitative fit testing protocols for inclusion in its Respiratory Protection Standard. Effective on Sept. 26, the day after they were issued, these new protocols represent an addition to Appendix A of the Respiratory Protection Standard. They are: • […]

MSHA seeking more information on silica black lung

MSHA seeking more information on silica black lung

Source: EHS Today / David Sparkman MSHA issued a Request for Information (RFI) and scheduled a public meeting on the issue for Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C., seeking to gather “information and data on feasible best practices” to protect miners from quartz crystals in respirable dust generated during the process of mining coal, including potential […]

OSHA seeks input for Beryllium exposure requirements

OSHA seeks input for Beryllium exposure requirements

Source: EHS Today OSHA’s new proposed rule is aimed at clearifying the requirements to protect workers from shipyards and construction from beryllium exposure. The agency is seeking feedback to more appropriately tailor the requirements of the standards to the exposures in these industries. The proposal ensures consistency with the general industry standard where appropriate based on a July […]

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia sworn into office

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia sworn into office

WASHINGTON, DC – Following a White House swearing-in event on Sept. 30, led by President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia released the following statement. “I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve in President Trump’s Administration and to lead this great Department where I […]

John Deere 850L dozer pushes productivity to the next level

John Deere 850L dozer pushes productivity to the next level

MOLINE, IL – Designed to meet the demanding needs of today’s earth movers, the new John Deere 850L dozer boasts the productivity, reliability and durability customers expect in a production dozer. A few of the customer-inspired updates include a larger displacement engine, increased operating weight, new operator station and several improvements to maximize reliability and […]

A cautionary tale: Individuals can be held liable for OSHA fines

A cautionary tale:  Individuals can be held liable for OSHA fines

On the Front Lines with Fisher Phillips by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams What happens if an employer refuses to pay a fine assessed by OSHA? The short answer is that the obligation to pay the penalty doesn’t simply evaporate if a company refuses to comply. In fact, the company isn’t the only one that […]

U.S. DoL awards $400,000 in Brookwood-Sago Grants for mine safety education and training

U.S. DoL awards $400,000 in Brookwood-Sago Grants for mine safety education and training

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the award of $400,000 in funding through its Brookwood-Sago Grant Program to support education and training to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around the nation’s mines. The fiscal year 2019 grants focus on powered […]

ABC of western Pennsylvania files suit against Westmoreland County union mandate

ABC of western Pennsylvania files suit against Westmoreland County union mandate

PITTSBURGH, PA — Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Pennsylvania today (Sept. 23) filed a lawsuit to stop Westmoreland County from requiring its contractors to execute a project labor agreement with the Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council as a condition of winning certain taxpayer-funded public works construction contracts. In addition, the county is requiring contractors to […]

Repeal of 2015 wetlands proposal will help restore transportation project certainty, ARTBA says

Repeal of 2015 wetlands proposal will help restore transportation project certainty, ARTBA says

The Trump administration’s repeal of a 2015 proposed rule will help restore clarity to federal wetlands regulations and reduce delays to important transportation projects, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says. “The regulatory ping-pong on roadside ditches has created vast uncertainty for years with little environmental benefit,” says ARTBA President & CEO Dave […]

ASV stockholders approve acquisition by Yanmar

ASV stockholders approve acquisition by Yanmar

GRAND RAPIDS, MN — ASV Holdings, Inc. (“ASV” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: ASV), a leading provider of rubber-tracked compact track loaders and wheeled skid steer loaders in the compact construction equipment market, announced that at a special meeting of stockholders held earlier today, ASV’s stockholders voted to adopt the merger agreement pursuant to which ASV […]

Equal Access to Justice Act may provide relief to recover attorney’s fees related to fighting improper OSHA citations

Equal Access to Justice Act may provide relief to recover  attorney’s fees related to fighting improper OSHA citations

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips: by Travis Vance and Pamela Williams Consider the following situation: OSHA conducted an inspection of your worksite following an accident and issued a serious citation to your company for a lock out/tag out violation. You believe the citation is clearly unfounded for various legal reasons, including the fact […]

What does the new leadership at DOL mean for OSHA and MSHA?

What does the new leadership at DOL mean for OSHA and MSHA?

Source: Safety Law Matters With the departure of Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor, the department immediately got an acting chief who is expected to more closely align with the White House. Meanwhile, the nominee to replace him, Eugene Scalia, is well known for his DOL and workplace safety-related law practice. What do these new […]

U.S. Department of Labor to seek data on protecting miners from exposure to quartz

U.S. Department of Labor to seek data on protecting miners from exposure to quartz

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced that it will publish a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register seeking data on economically and technologically feasible methods to protect miners’ health from exposure to quartz. The RFI includes an examination of an appropriately reduced permissible […]

FMCSA proposes more flexibility on truck driver hour limits

FMCSA proposes more flexibility on truck driver hour limits

No New Construction Exemption On Aug. 14, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced proposed changes in the hours of service restrictions for truck drivers. The proposed rule changes do not impact current, similar short haul exemptions for concrete and asphalt deliveries that allow the 30-minute break to be met by the driver’s waiting […]

A U.S. Federal Court strikes down wetlands proposal for the second time in three months

A U.S. Federal Court strikes down wetlands proposal for the second time in three months

WASHINGTON, DC — A federal district judge has ruled an Obama administration-era wetlands regulation fails to comply with the law, handing the 2015 directive its second defeat since May. The decision is a win for the nation’s transportation construction industry, which is fighting the regulation because it could subject roadside ditches to federal regulations, causing delays and driving […]