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1. OSHA will consult with local governmental units, and make corrective recommendations, but in general they do not fine these units. (OSHA considers this as taking from Peter to pay Paul.) Only in very rare cases (belligerence and refusal to comply with recommendations) would OSHA take action against another governmental unit.

Fire departments are not covered by OSHA because they are governmental units. Many of the fire departments in Indiana are staffed by volunteers. Locate a fatal fire fighter case report of an incident in Indiana at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/. NIOSH makes some recommendations for prevention of similar fatalities.

Does OSHA also require similar procedures of industrial workers? Where are they found in 29 CFR 1910? If you are employed in the construction industry, you may find similar regulations in 29CFR 1926. (Hint: Search key words on the OSHA website under standards.) What does your text say about OSHA citations for failure to train employees?

2. At the OSHA web page, find the statistics link in the blue bar at the bottom of the page. Click on Inspection Data click on Establishment Search or search by NAICS Code. Choose a closed case for your employer, an industry close to where you live, or one that produces a similar product.

In the example below I searched for metal stamping in the automotive industry. IOSHA chooses certain industries to visit on a planned basis based on accident statistics for the specific industry as a whole and presence of these manufacturers in Indiana. Some of the actions on the example are planned, some are in response to an accident, one is in response to a complaint, and two are at the request of the company.

a. List the company you chose and its NAICS Code.
b. Identify the standards cited by IOSHA.
c. Explain the cited standards.
d. Why do you think these citations were given the type of citation and penalty that they were?
e. Was the citation appealed?

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Dr. Henry Heimlich:

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Dr. Henry Heimlich is a surgeon who is best known for introducing the Heimlich maneuver associated with aiding choking victims. From 1986-2005, the Heimlich maneuver was the only recommended treatment for choking in the published guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.

Apart from this contribution, He had several other important contributions to medicine that also bear his name but aren't as well-known, including:

1) A technique to teach stroke victims how to swallow again.
2) The Heimlich Micro-Trach, which made delivering of oxygen into the throats of patients easier.
3) The Heimlich Chest Valve, which is used to treat patients with emergency chest wounds, and has actually saved more lives ...

Solution Summary

OSHA will consult with local governmental units, and make corrective recommendations, but in general they do not fine these units. (OSHA considers this as taking from Peter to pay Paul.) Only in very rare cases (belligerence and refusal to comply with recommendations) would OSHA take action against another governmental unit.

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