Safety and OSHA News

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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Report: Workers’ comp costs fourth lowest since 1980

An annual report says workers’ compensation employer costs as a percentage of payroll declined in 2015.  [Read more…]

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Owner sent to prison for workers’ comp fraud

The owner of an electronics recycling company in New Jersey has been sentenced to three years in prison for saying warehouse employees performed only clerical duties when obtaining workers’ compensation insurance.  [Read more…]

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Was fatal car crash exception to workers’ comp coming-and-going rule?

A manager was asked to travel to one of his employer’s locations outside of his regular shift to check on a problem. On the way there, he was involved in a car crash and died of his injuries. Should his dependents get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Should employee get workers’ comp for trip-and-fall injury?

One argument for not awarding workers’ comp benefits is that the employee would have been at the same risk away from work – in other words, the risk wasn’t specific to the workplace. Was that the case here?  [Read more…]

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15 injuries in 5 years, including 3 amputations: $503K OSHA fine

A manufacturer faces $503,380 in OSHA fines following four separate reports of workers suffering injuries at the facility.  [Read more…]

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OSHA’s top 10 violations for 2017

Which OSHA regulations do inspectors cite most often?  [Read more…]

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Should workers’ comp pay for med to counteract drowsiness from opioids?

An employee takes opioids for chronic back pain following a workplace injury. His doctor prescribed another drug to counteract drowsiness from taking opioids. Does workers’ comp have to pay for the second medication?  [Read more…]

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Worker falls 30 feet, dies; more than $1 million in total penalties

A judge has issued the maximum criminal penalty allowed by law to a Missouri company in connection with the death of a worker who fell 30 feet because he didn’t have fall protection.  [Read more…]

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OSHA: Not calling part-timer for work amounts to whistleblower retaliation

OSHA is seeking a court order against a company, saying it discriminated against a worker for filing a safety complaint with the federal agency.  [Read more…]

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Old equipment, lack of written procedures led to fire, 4 workers seriously burned

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) says a culture that allowed maintenance to be done without proper instructions and training contributed to a fire that seriously burned four workers at ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge, LA, refinery.  [Read more…]

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