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.ARTICLE
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.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Obama’s war on guns and oil
White House unleashes OSHA for revenge against hated industries