OSHA TOP 10 Violations FY 2013

October 16, 2014

OSHA recently posted  its top 10 most frequently cited violations for FY2013.While 2 of the top 3 are Construction, the balance are General Industry and General Requirements applicable to our shops.

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  5. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  6. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  7. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  8. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  9. Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.303) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  10. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

Savvy managers will make sure that their safety training plans cover the General Industry and General Requirements topics listed above.

And frankly, I’d add GRINDERS to my personal walk around inspection list. 

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 OSHA Top 10 2013 Link



PMPA Files Comments Opposing OSHA’s Expanded Workplace Rule

October 14, 2014

The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) filed official comments opposing an Administration proposal to place additional burdens on employers while loosening injury reporting requirements on employees.

Clarity, not confusion, should be the work product coming out of here.

Clarity, not confusion, should be the work product coming out of here.

On August 14, 2014, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Supplemental Notice to a pending rule to make injury and illness reports public which becomes final in March 2015. The notice reframes Employee injury reporting as a “right” rather than a “duty.”

Reporting of injuries and illnesses is not a right. It is an obligation of the employee to report; and a responsibility of the employer to record, investigate, and take appropriate remedial actions to retrain as necessary and to remove any hazards so identified.

Employee Duty

Employee Duty

“We are very concerned that the as-yet unpublished regulatory text will actually become an obstacle to our ability to manage safety and hazard identification in manufacturing facilities,” said Rob Kiener, PMPA Interim Executive Director. “By changing the understanding of an employee’s “obligation to report injuries and illnesses” to a “right to report,” OSHA allows workers the discretion to not report while maintaining the burden on employers,” continued Mr. Kiener.

For these reasons, and the reasons given in our submitted letter, earlier comments, and testimony, the PMPA urged OSHA to withdraw both the proposed regulation and Supplemental Notice.

In the absence of actual regulatory text for us to review, OSHA creates only uncertainty regarding employers’ duties and obligations.

Furthermore, by ignoring OSHA’s own rule that employee compliance is a “duty,” OSHA potentially creates a means for employees to fail to report injuries and illnesses, with the proliferation of unrecognized hazards in workplaces across the country as a probable result.

Tracking Number: 1jy-8ex2-66lj

General Duty Clause Link

What Are You Doing to Attract Talent to Manufacturing- Bracalente Manufacturing Group

October 7, 2014

“Due to robotics and automation, our technician jobs are becoming higher paid and higher skilled”- Ron Bracalente, CEO, Bracalente Manufacturing Group

Manufacturing Day event at Bracalente Manufacturing Group. Real People. Real jobs.

Manufacturing Day event at Bracalente Manufacturing Group. Real People. Real jobs.

PMPA member Bracalente Manufacturing Group held their first MFG Day event last week. Students got to see first hand what a career in Precision machining could look like.

The event helped to change the conversation regarding the need for skilled people in advanced manufacturing companies like Bracalente Group.

Bracalente Group’s Trumbauersville, PA  event hosted :

  • 120 9th graders 
  • 20 students  from the local Vo-tech school,
  • 90  students from the new STEM program.

The STEM program is a college preparatory class structure for kids that are interested in Engineering and Tech.

Here is a video from The Intelligencer who reported on MFG Day.

Bracalente Manufacturing Group hosts local students to MFG Day event

PMPA member companies across the U.S. and Canada joined Bracalente in helping to change the conversation regarding options for satisfying well paying technical careers.

What are YOU doing to change the conversation?


US Manufacturing Near 4-1/2 Year High- Reuters

September 25, 2014

” U.S. manufacturing activity hovered at a near 4-1/2-year high in September and factory employment surged, supporting views of sturdy economic growth this quarter.”- Reuters

PMPA’s August Business Trends Report showed that for the month our industry took a bit of a breather, but sales and shipments remain up over 5% over 2013 levels.


A bit of a breather for precision machining.

A bit of a breather for precision machining.

Reuters also mentioned:

  • Markit said its preliminary or “flash” factory purchasing managers index came in at 57.9, unchanged from August when it touched its highest level since April 2010.
  • Factory jobs rose for a second straight month, Markit said, with a gauge of labor market conditions touching its highest level since March 2012.
  • New orders held steady above the 60 level for the third time in the past four months, indicating persistent demand for manufactured goods.
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond said its regional manufacturing index increased this month, with factories citing a rise in new orders and shipments.

PMPA members continue to report strong sales, scheduled overtime, increasing lead times and very strong prospects for employment in our industry.

Manufacturing near a 4-1/2 year high?

We can agree with that.
Reuters article



MFG DAY Events in Rhode Island- Take 2

September 18, 2014

The folks in Rhode Island are doing their part to make the availability of great careers in manufacturing known to students, teachers and counselors. Take a look at this list of MFG Day activities.

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Experience what happens when you add Art and Design to manufacturing on September 29th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the RI School of Design. Join some of RI’s most innovative manufacturers and designers.



Learn about the Next Generation Manufacturing Study from John Brandt, founder of The MPI Group, on September 30th from 7:30-9:00 am at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (hosted by DiSanto Priest)



Showcase your products and career opportunities at our Manufacturing Career Awareness event at Quidnessett Country Club on October 1st from 3:30-7:00 pm.



Get an inside view of URI’s College of Engineering and learn more about the services they can provide to our local companies on October 2nd from 3:00-7:00 pm

Tour CCRI’s Integrated Manufacturing Center and meet with their staff to understand their manufacturing training capabilities on October 3rd from 1:00-4:00 pm.


The shortage of skilled employees is one of the most important challenges that we face in manufacturing today. It is good to see us address this challenge.

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Rhode Island “Gets” MFG DAY

September 17, 2014

There is a lot happening in Rhode Island to help spread the word to high school students about MFG Day and the great careers available in our advanced manufacturing precision machining shops.

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We’ll be following up with more from Rhode Island in our next post!


September 16, 2014

Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA’s regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees.

Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule.

Goes into effect January 1, 2015.

Goes into effect January 1, 2015.

The final rule was announced by OSHA on September 11, 2014. The rule also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA recordkeeping requirements.

This new final rule enters into effect Jan 1, 2015. Link here to prepublication text of final rule.

Until the date of publication, the Final Rule can be found at www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/NAICSReporting.pdf. After publication, the Final Rule can be accessed from www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014 or through the Federal Register website at www.federalregister.gov.

In a final rule posted in the Federal Register on Sept. 11, OSHA has also updated the list of industries that, due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates, are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep injury and illness records. The rule will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015 for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

Regardless, all employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, even those who are exempt from maintaining injury and illness records, are required to comply with OSHA’s new severe injury and illness reporting requirements.

OSHA’s web page on the revised rule.



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