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10 • April 2019 www.concreteproducts.com GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES An Occupational Safety and Health Admin- istration complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleges that Tara Construction Inc., Boston, retaliated against an injured employee by facilitating his arrest at the hands of Immi- gration and Customs Enforcement staff. Reporting an injury to an employer and spurring an OSHA proceeding are protected activities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the agency contends. The employee sustained a broken leg when he fell from a ladder on a Tara Con- struction site. Shortly after the employee reported the incident, OSHA alleges, the contractor initiated a local and federal law enforcement investigation leading to his detainment by ICE. Tara Construction CEO Employee immigration status second to injury in OSHA investigation Pedro Pirez arranged for the employee to meet at the office, the complaint asserts, setting the stage for the employee's arrest after leaving the building. Contradicting a law enforcement account, Pirez informed OSHA that he had no idea how ICE agents knew where the employee would be when he was detained. An OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program investigation concluded that the defendant's actions breached OSH Act-protected activity and would dissuade a reasonable worker from reporting an injury. "The Act prohibits retal- iation against employees for exercising their workplace rights, regardless of the employees' immigration status," says Regional Solicitor of Labor Maia Fisher. "This case demonstrates that through legal action the Department promotes safe workplaces free from unlawful retaliation." The agency complaint asks the court to order Tara Construction to a) comply with the OSH Act's anti-retaliation provisions, and pay the employee back wages, interest, plus compen- satory and punitive damages; and, b) provide a neutral letter of reference, expunge from its files any information regarding the adverse action against the employee, and notify staff of whis- tleblower rights under the OSH Act. FORKLIFT SAFETY STANDARD Ahead of a prospective rulemaking to revise standards nearing their 50-year mark, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is requesting information on the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks; vehicle maintenance and retrofitting; how to regulate older powered industrial trucks; types of acci- dents and injuries associated with operating such machines; plus, costs and benefits of ret- rofitting the machines with safety features. The agency adopted a powered industrial truck standard, now categorized CFR 1910.178, in 1971 and used an American National Standards Institute document issued two years prior as the basis. Powered industrial trucks include fork- lifts, tractors, platform lifts, motorized hand models, and other specialized plant or yard vehicles powered by an electrical motor or internal combustion engine. OSHA will weigh comments and materials submitted through June 9 to the electronic portal, www.reg- ulations.gov, to determine what action, if any, it may take to reduce regulatory bur- dens and create jobs while improving worker safety. Written comments and printed mate- rials—labeled Powered Industrial Trucks, OSHA–2018–0008—can also be mailed to the OSHA Docket Office, Room N–3653, Occupa- tional Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210. Conventional sweep elbow blowouts cause ongoing system shutdowns. 45° and 90° elbows available in diameters from 1.25 to 18 inch, with flanges and socket-weld ends in tube, Schedule 10/40 and Schedule 80 pipe, in cast iron, carbon steel, aluminum, stainless steel and specialized alloys depending on diameter. ABRASIVE CONCRETE MATERIALS BLOWING OUT YOUR PNEUMATIC CONVEYING ELBOWS? Prevent elbow failure by preventing material impact Unlike conventional "impact" elbows and "plugged-tee" elbows that rely on material impact to change direction, HammerTek's Smart Elbow design features a spherical chamber that protrudes partially beyond the desired 90º or 45º pathway. 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