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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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Top 10 OSHA fines of 2017 (plus one big reversal)

Some thought a Republican administration in the White House would lead to lower OSHA fines. Our 2017 recap shows that’s not the case.   [Read more…]

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OSHA nominee: I support criminal penalties, including jail, where appropriate

President Trump’s nominee to head OSHA addressed jail time for safety violators, regulations, making citations public and more at his confirmation hearing before a U.S. Senate committee.  [Read more…]

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Was worker’s injury due to willful safety violation by employer?

Many states award extra workers’ comp benefits if an employee’s injury is due to an employer’s willful violation of a safety rule. Is that the case in this employee’s injury?  [Read more…]

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Is traveling worker’s fatal crash after Christmas shopping covered by comp?

A worker was away on a two-week assignment for his employer. One day after work, he went with a co-worker who wanted to buy a Christmas gift for his wife. The worker was killed in a crash when returning from shopping. Should his widow receive workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Mysterious illness kills employee: Was it work-related?

An employer contested a widow’s application for workers’ comp death benefits, arguing there wasn’t enough proof her husband’s fatal illness was work-related. Did a court grant her benefits?  [Read more…]

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Was employee warned not to use equipment before fatal injury?

A bridge inspector died when he was pinned between an aerial lift and an overpass beam. His employer contested death benefits for his widow, arguing he violated a work rule. How did a court decide this case?  [Read more…]

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OSHA electronic injury reporting deadline: Dec. 15

Yes, certain businesses will have to electronically submit injury records to OSHA in December. But the compliance date has changed.  [Read more…]

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Dust buildup causes explosion, 5 deaths: $1.84M OSHA fine

A Wisconsin company disputes the severity of a $1,837,861 OSHA fine following an explosion that killed five employees at its facility.  [Read more…]

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Should company pay for vocational rehab as part of workers’ comp benefits?

A workers’ comp judge said a company had to pay for vocational rehabilitation as part of its workers’ compensation coverage for an injured worker. The company appealed. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Creating a safety culture: Situation at BP Alaska shows it never ends

Once you get your safety culture “right,” is that it – mission accomplished? Some recent reporting about BP’s Alaska operations shows it’s a never-ending challenge.  [Read more…]

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