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Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA)
Tennessee’s emphasis programs address a variety of hazards:
Inspections: Tennessee OSHA conducted 2,623 inspections during the 2008 calendar year, including 357 complaint inspections and 38 fatality investigations. There were 10,886 violations cited during the year, including 7,107 serious violations. The average penalty for a serious violation was $1,440. Fewer than 2 percent of the violations were vacated or reclassified.
Confined space: On July 28, 2008, in Moshiem, a small town in east Tennessee, an employee entered a sewage pump station through a manhole to repair a pump. He was overcome and unable to exit the manhole and a second employee attempted a rescue, resulting in a double fatality. A third employee at the scene, who did not participate in the rescue, notified emergency personnel. Although eligible to be in the Tennessee public sector program, this small city with nine employees chose not to participate so the compliance section performed the fatality investigation. This double fatality was clearly preventable and probably would not have occurred had the town participated in the public sector program. Tennessee OSHA issued citations for 49 serious violations and two non-serious violations with penalties totaling $42,200. The penalty was paid in full and the citations were abated.
VPP and SHARP: Tennessee OSHA continues to have active participation in its Voluntary Protection Program and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. At the end of 2008, VPP had 26 participants and SHARP had 14 participants.
Training: During 2008, Tennessee OSHA trained more than 12,500 employees and employers on a wide range of safety and health topics. Most of this training was done in partnership with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the University of Tennessee.