Safety and OSHA News

Who’s better protected — workers or the general public?

Health hazards at U.S. workplaces are a “slow-motion tragedy,” according to a recent report, which found OSHA’s ability to protect workers is severely limited compared to agencies tasked with protecting the general public.  [Read more…]

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2 amputations in 3 months: New OSHA reporting rules prompt $125K fine

Two workers lost fingers at this manufacturing plant in the span of three months. In the inspection that followed, OSHA inspectors found 22 violations related to hazards that caused the injuries and other safety issues. The company faces $125,165 in fines.  [Read more…]

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Court upholds OSHA’s General Duty Clause fines following horrific murder

In 2013, social worker Stephanie Ross conducted a risk assessment for a client with a history of violence. During the meeting, the client stabbed Ross to death. OSHA fined her employer, which contested the citations. A court just decided those fines were justified.  [Read more…]

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Study: 1 in 10 employees have shown up for work high

Here’s a chilling stat: Almost 10% of workers have admitted to coming to work high.  [Read more…]

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Workers vs. supervisors: What motivates each group to work safely?

An exclusive survey recently revealed what many safety pros have known since leading their first training session: The things that motivate frontline workers to buy in to safety procedures are different than what drives supervisors to pay attention to safety.

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When disaster strikes, will help be able to arrive in time?

A workplace accident at an oilfield sent an employee to the hospital with head trauma. But that was only the beginning of one company’s difficulties as it got ensnared in a legal battle with a state safety department.  [Read more…]

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Stripper supplier busted for failure to provide workers’ comp insurance

A New York firm that specializes in bringing the fun to adult parties is feeling the heat from the state’s Workers’ Compensation Board.  [Read more…]

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Fatality follows near-miss: OSHA names company severe violator

Near misses are a chance to learn and improve your safety measures. But this company neglected to heed the warning, and a worker’s life was lost as a result.  [Read more…]

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OSHA stats: Vast majority of retaliation claims are baseless

OSHA’s own statistics have an alarming message for businesses: While more allegations of whistleblower retaliation are coming in each year, the number of legitimate instances are actually very low.  [Read more…]

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