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Fred Hosier

Fred Hosier, editor of Safety News Alert, is a Group Publisher for Progressive Business Publications’ Compliance Group of newsletters. He is the managing editor of the online and print publication Safety Compliance Alert. He is also the Managing Editor of the Environmental Compliance Alert. Previously at PBP he was editor of the newsletter Communication Bulletin for Managers and Supervisors.
Fred’s been in the communications business since 1985, including 11 years at WILM Newsradio in Wilmington, DE, where as News Director he and his team were the recipients of multiple awards from The Associated Press, The Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio/Television News Directors Association, including the Edward R. Murrow award for Overall Excellence of a broadcast news organization.
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Worker blinded in screwdriver attack – will he get workers’ comp?

A former co-worker stabbed a rest area overnight attendant in the face, permanently blinding him. He applied for workers’ comp benefits, but his employer denied the claim, arguing the assault didn’t arise out of employment. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Was company held liable for not using AED during worker’s heart attack?

An employee had a heart attack at work. The facility had an automated external defibrillator (AED) on site, but no one used it to help the employee. Did a court approve the employee’s request for workers’ comp benefits?   [Read more…]

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OSHA recordkeeping break: Now only 1 electronic file required

OSHA has scaled back the number of forms larger employers have to submit electronically. However, there is something new employers now have to submit. 

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OSHA and MSHA maximum fines increasing in 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor has increased maximum fines by 2.5% for 2019 which includes penalties assessed by OSHA and MSHA. [Read more…]

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What are you odds of dying from these causes?

According to just-released statistics from the National Safety Council, there’s a new No. 1 cause of accidental death in the U.S.  [Read more…]

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What was right course for injured worker: Disability or light duty?

This employee tripped, fell and suffered injuries. Her employer terminated her for job abandonment. How did this happen, and what did a court have to say?  [Read more…]

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Did unpreventable employee misconduct lead to worker’s broken ribs?

A company argues an OSHA fine should be thrown out because of unpreventable employee misconduct. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Was 81-year-old’s knee injury due to work or his age?

An employee slipped and injured his left knee while at work. Four months later, he said favoring his right knee caused another injury. Did the employee receive workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Fell asleep at wheel, crashed in company vehicle: Will he get workers’ comp?

An employee fell asleep at the wheel of a company vehicle on his way home from work. Was there enough connection between his trip and his work duties to get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Arm fractured in conveyor: Was injury reasonably predictable?

A company appealed an OSHA citation, arguing a hazard wasn’t reasonably predictable, therefore the fine should be thrown out. How did a judge rule?  [Read more…]

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