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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Court upholds firing of employee who tested positive for cocaine

In a random drug test, an employee in a safety-sensitive position tested positive for cocaine. When he was fired, he filed a lawsuit against his employer arguing his job wasn’t safety-sensitive. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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2 fingers amputated: Can he get workers’ comp for total loss of hand?

Does the amputation of two fingers and part of a third equal the total loss of the use of a hand? The answer to that question determined what workers’ comp benefits this employee would receive.  [Read more…]

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OSHA: Worker was demoted for blowing whistle on safety

OSHA says there’s reason to believe an airport maintenance manager was demoted because he spoke to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about safety deficiencies at the facility.  [Read more…]

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Traveling employee faints, is injured while driving: Can she get workers’ comp?

Employees usually don’t receive workers’ comp benefits for injuries suffered while traveling. But what if the nature of the job itself requires travel from one place to another?  [Read more…]

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Repeat and willful citations add up: $203K for violations, including fall protection

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited a construction company for 13 violations after a state employee saw three workers exposed to fall hazards while working nearly 20 feet off the ground.  [Read more…]

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$1.75M fine in Goodyear safety settlement following 4 worker deaths

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has agreed to pay $1.75 million in connection with four separate incidents at its Danville, VA, plant that claimed the lives of four workers.  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp: Was death accidental overdose or suicide?

An employee suffered a neck injury and was prescribed pain killers and other medications. Was the employee’s death an accidental overdose or suicide? The answer would determine whether her survivors get death benefits.  [Read more…]

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Wall collapses, kills worker; Employer fined $280K

A contracting company faces more than a quarter-million dollars in fines in connection with the death of an employee who was crushed by a falling wall.  [Read more…]

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He accidentally killed co-worker: Workers’ comp for PTSD?

A forklift driver ran over a co-worker. The co-worker died, and the forklift driver was denied workers’ comp for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp: Is an inadequate urine sample a refusal to take drug test?

This company argued its injured worker shouldn’t receive workers’ comp benefits because of an inadequate urine sample during a drug test. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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