The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

OSHA to increase maximum penalties for citations

A provision of the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015,” signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015, requires OSHA to increase its maximum penalties for citations for the first time since 1990. The increase will be based on inflation since 1990 as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). A 70-80% increase in maximum penalties is expected.