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Florida Roofing Contractor Charged $2,202,049 for Failing to Pay Penalties

Florida Roofing Contractor Charged $2,202,049 for Failing to Pay Penalties One company is facing nearly two million dollars in fines after failing to pay outstanding penalties and follow OSHA requirements. Jan 24, 2020 A Jacksonville, Florida-based roofing contractor was found in contempt of court for failing to pay $2,202,049 in penalties assessed by OSHA for safety and health violations at Florida worksites. The filed petition was for a summary enforcement against Great White Construction Inc., Florida Roofing Experts Inc. and owner Travis Slaughter, and it was to enforce 12 final orders of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). Those final orders include “multiple egregious, willful and repeat violations for lack of fall protection and other safety and health hazards at worksites in Florida.” On the dates of October 2, 2017 and June 5, 2018, the court granted the department’s petition, enforcing the final orders of the commission. However, on August 28, 2019, the department filed a Petition for Civil Contempt against the Great White Construction Inc. and Florida Roofing Experts Inc. and Slaughter. It claimed these parties failed to comply with the court’s October 2017 and June 2018 orders and that the companies failed to provide proof of abatement, continued to violate OSHA standards and failed to pay the penalties assessed. On January 3, 2020, the court held the companies and Slaughter in civil contempt, ordering the companies and Slaughter to pay the outstanding penalties of $2,202,049 plus interest and fees. The court also required the companies to certify that they had corrected the violations within 10 days of the court’s order. Should the companies and Slaughter fail to comply, they face coercive sanctions including incarceration and other relief the court deems proper. “This enforcement action demonstrates that OSHA will utilize every resource available to ensure that safety and health standards are followed to protect workers,” said Solicitor of Labor Kate O’Scannlain. “Employers that ignore multiple court orders requiring correction of violations and payment of penalties will be held accountable.” The court claims this is the best remedy to address the companies’ longstanding refusal to protect workers and pay the associated penalties. Read the OSHA news release on the topic for more information. Let's block ads! (Why?)

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Department of Labor Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the OSH Act

Department of Labor Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the OSH Act On Jan. 21, the Department of Labor (DOL) celebrates the 1970 OSH Act with “Protecting the American Workforce Campaign.” Jan 23, 2020 Earlier this week, the DOL commemorated the 50th anniversary of the OSH Act of 1970, which aims to ensure that employers provide employees with a safe environment free of recognized hazards like chemical exposure, noise levels, mechanical dangers, and extreme or unsanitary conditions. The Act is responsible for creating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Please visit title 29, chapter 15 to read the Act in the United States Code. The DOL released the following press release earlier this week to announce a campaign for worker protection for the Act’s 50th year of existence. It also provides a way for insight into OHSA’s latest efforts to protect American workers. U.S. Department of Labor Commemorates 50 Years Of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 With “Protecting the American Workforce” Campaign Yearlong Efforts will Highlight OSHA Past Achievements, Current Efforts and Future Goals WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) with a yearlong celebration of past achievements, current efforts and future initiatives to protect the American workforce. Signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon on December 29, 1970, the OSH Act was created “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women,” laying the groundwork for the creation of OSHA the following spring. Following the establishment of the OSH Act, workplace fatalities were reduced approximately 65 percent. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Climate emergency: Local and regional leaders call for a Green Deal for the Mediterranean

​Barcelona hosts the 10th anniversary of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly with global warming seen as a catalyst for deeper cooperation in the Mediterranean With the Gloria storm as an unexpected guest, the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) has celebrated its 10th anniversary in the city where it held its first meeting: Barcelona. The Catalan capital welcomed over 100 representatives of local and regional authorities from the three shores of the Mediterranean, with climate change at the top of the agenda. The region is acknowledged to be particularly vulnerable to global warming. Karl-Heinz Lambertz , President of the European Committee of the Regions and ARLEM Co-chair, declared: " The European Union has reaffirmed its climate leadership by proposing the Green Deal as a path towards climate neutrality. Climate change knows no borders, which is why we must also work closely with our neighbouring partners so we all accelerate our efforts to adapt and build resilience. We must expand this sustainable growth model and establish a Green Deal specific for the Mediterranean, offering a climate pact that strengthens cooperation and which offers new financial tools to deliver climate action across the region. As ARLEM celebrates its 10th anniversary, sustainable development must become the driver for our Assembly to deepen cooperation for decades to come." Mohamed Boudra , Mayor of Al Hoceima (Morocco) and ARLEM Co-chair, said: " In ten years, ARLEM has demonstrated tangible benefits that go beyond reinforcing political dialogue between our cities and regions. The Nicosia initiative, through which we exchange skills and expertise on key areas such as water management, fisheries or public health, are a perfect example of it. As global warming hits our territories and the rise of sea levels threatens our agriculture, we have a shared responsibility to work together to tackle climate change as much as we have the duty to deploy a growth model that provides our youth with new jobs and economic opportunities." Nasser Kamel , Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), said: “We are facing a climate emergency across the Mediterranean today. ‎And it is easy to understand that local and regional authorities ‎are at the forefront when addressing ‎the effects of climate change. ‎Cities and regions are the ‎first line of defence. ‎The success of effective measures to ‎mitigate and adapt to the negative ‎effects of climate change depends, to ‎a great extent, on the regulatory ‎measures that they enforce, on the ‎policies that they adopt and the ‎projects that they implement.‎ The UfM stands ready to support, hand in hand with ARLEM, ‎those efforts to help local and ‎regional authorities face this common ‎challenge.‎" "The sea is a living witness of the deprived status of our environment. As many as 30,000 bottles end up in the Mediterranean every minute. A sustainable transition is urgent and much needed and the blue economy is an opportunity to achieve it." That was the key message of Vincenzo Bianco, member of the Catania City Council and President of the National Association of Italian Municipalities in the context of the adoption of his report on the Blue economy . The Assembly also adopted a report on 'Euro-Mediterranean integration: The role of regional and local authorities' by Jihad Khair , Mayor of Beit Sahour, Palestine, who declared: "Local and regional authorities have demonstrated to be pivotal in boosting regional integration in the Mediterranean and we must continue our efforts in the same direction. Our common framework for action is the United Nations' 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. They can only be reached with the active involvement of local and regional authorities. Two priority areas must drive our cooperation: migration and climate change. Together, we can move ahead in a much better way." The 11th ARLEM plenary session was opened byAda Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, and CoR Member Alfred Bosch, Regional Minister for External Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency of the Government of Catalonia. The meeting saw the appointment of Musa Hadid, Mayor of Ramallah and Chair of the Association of Palestinian Local Authorities (APLA), as co-chairman of ARLEM representing non-EU members. "I would like to thank my colleagues for the opportunity of co-chairing the ARLEM network. We must keep strengthening our cooperation as to overcome the many challenges we are facing." Members appointed Lizzy Delaricha, Mayor of Ganei Tikval (Israel), as rapporteur of an upcoming report on the digitalisation of small businesses. Agnès Rampal , a Member of the City Council of Nice (France) and President of the Euro Mediterranean Commission of the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, was appointed rapporteur of a report entitled 'The role of agriculture in sensitive climate areas', which she sees as a key contribution to a Green Deal for the Mediterranean. The 2nd edition of the ARLEM Award for young local entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean went to Rima Dates , an Algerian company that produces dates-based products such as syrup, dates vinegar and stuffed dates with nuts and chocolate. Co-founder Hammou Boussada said: " We started with the objective of reworking traditional oasis dates to introduce new market products in a modern way. We are now proud of the positive impact that our enterprise has had in the local community. The ARLEM Award gives us new motivation to continue our expansion with the same spirit of sustainability and positive social change. " Four other businesses were shortlisted: a recycling start-up from Lebanon and three from Israel – a wave-energy firm , a non-profit training association , and a non-profit business accelerator . The ARLEM Award selection criteria include the impact on job creation, impact on community, innovative value, respect for workers' social rights and support or facilitation from local or regional authorities. Forty projects from ten different countries applied for the 2020 ARLEM Award. Contact: David Crous // +32 470 88 10 37 // [email protected] Let's block ads! (Why?)