Saturday, June 30, 2012

Obama’s war on guns and oil

White House unleashes OSHA for revenge against hated industries

To be sure, the affordable-fuels industry needs to take the safety of its employees seriously, but it’s increasingly clear that the Obama administration’s goals reach well beyond ensuring a safe work environment. That’s clear from OSHA’s outrageous issuance of $111,000 in proposed fines on June 11 against Illinois Gun Works, a firing range located in the Chicago suburbs.

Pistols and rifles happen to be noisy, and nobody understands that better than a firearms instructor. Yet OSHA believes it needs to tell instructors to use .22 caliber pistols “instead of larger caliber, such as, but not limited to, 9mm Luger and/or 45 Colt” to reduce noise levels. A far simpler and more effective solution would be for the federal government to ease restrictions it places on the sale of silencers, which would go a long way in achieving healthy sound levels.

OSHA’s complaint only grows more ridiculous when it describes how a range instructor was observed “reaching down on the range floor to collect a loaded handgun cartridge. The employee was not wearing any hand protection such as gloves.” Worse, this maniac was also seen touching a broom handle without gloves - increasing the fine by $4,200.

Penalties also racked up because the range carelessly disregarded the need for a “labeling system” with “hazard warnings, words, pictures, symbols or a combination thereof” to let employees know they shouldn’t try to drink Hoppes #9 or CLP Break-Free solvent, two commonly used gun-cleaning products. It also knocked the range for its use of Rust-Oleum spray paint without “precautionary measures to protect employees” - meaning a multi-part training course in how to avoid spraying oneself in the face.
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