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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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Is company liable for employee’s death after serving alcohol at work?

An employee’s estate alleged the employer served alcohol to the deceased during working hours and was therefore liable when she was struck and killed by a train on her way home. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Maine Supreme Court says workers’ comp doesn’t have to pay for medical marijuana

For a while, it seemed states were slowly accepting that medical marijuana would be covered under workers’ compensation. But a Maine court decision goes against that trend.  [Read more…]

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New report: Less OSHA enforcement than two years ago

Two factors are reducing the number of OSHA inspections conducted in the last couple of years, according to a new report.  [Read more…]

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Fainted at work, hit her head: Why did court award workers’ comp benefits?

No one is arguing that this employee’s fainting spell on the job wasn’t caused by work. So why did she receive workers’ comp benefits after a recent court ruling?  [Read more…]

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Should OSHA regulate the NFL?

The serious ramifications of NFL players suffering concussions have received more and more attention. Now a professor of environmental health sciences is suggesting that OSHA “step up” to the challenge of making the sport safer for players.  [Read more…]

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OSHA case study: How some companies still flout safety to gain economic advantage

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re part of an effort to ensure employee safety, and the company you work for supports that. But, in a case recounted by an OSHA official at ASSP’s annual conference, there are still some companies out there that flagrantly disregard safety.  [Read more…]

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Survey: Who sleeps at work, where and how much

A recent survey shows which workers are more likely to sleep while on the job, including four safety-sensitive industries.  [Read more…]

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10 ways fatigue harms the workplace

Safety pros know the impact fatigued employees create in the workplace. Here’s a reminder of how big that impact can be.  [Read more…]

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ASSE becomes ASSP: New name, website target all safety professionals

The world’s oldest professional safety society has transitioned to a new brand that includes a new name, refreshed logo, redesigned website and rebranded social media channels. [Read more…]

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Passed out, fell while smoking first e-cig and applies for workers’ comp

This employee was on a break and had just stepped out of his employer’s vehicle when he passed out and fell to the ground. Was this work-related and eligible for workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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