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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Employee injured during training: Can she get workers’ comp?

An employer argued a worker’s injury during training was cumulative, therefore not eligible for workers’ comp. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Employee on vacation kayaking while on workers’ comp: Now he faces fraud charges

Authorities have arrested a psychiatric center employee on charges he defrauded the workers’ compensation system while kayaking on a Caribbean vacation.  [Read more…]

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12th inspection in 6 years: OSHA fines construction company $1.5 million

Saying it “demonstrated indifference towards the safety of their employees,” OSHA has issued $1,523,710 in fines to a Florida construction company.  [Read more…]

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OSHA fines reduced 74% on appeal – now penalty is $209K

Two years ago, OSHA issued 24 violations with $822,000 in fines to a small employer after an employee lost three fingers in a machine. On appeal, a judge has significantly reduced the penalty.  [Read more…]

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Injured worker waited over an hour for drug test, none provided: Can he get comp?

The employer in this case said an injured worker refused a drug and alcohol test after an injury. The worker, who had yet to receive treatment for back pain, waited 90 minutes for people qualified to give the test before he left for the hospital. Can he get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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43% of Americans say they’re too tired to work safely

“Fitness for duty starts with getting a good night’s sleep,” said the head of the National Safety Council. Unfortunately, an NSC survey shows a sizable percentage of U.S. workers don’t think they fit that description.  [Read more…]

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Pre-cancerous skin lesions caused by outdoor work? Comp hangs in the balance

A deputy sheriff who spends 70% of his employment time outdoors developed a pre-cancerous skin condition. His employer denied his workers’ comp claim. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Chevron agrees to $21 million settlement in 2012 refinery fire

Chevron has agreed to pay a $1 million fine in a settlement with California regarding the August 2012 Richmond Refinery fire. On top of that, the oil producer will also spend at least $20 million upgrading equipment and procedures beyond what’s required by state regulations.  [Read more…]

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2 workers hospitalized in separate incidents: $1.92 million in OSHA fines

Following a long history of noncompliance according to OSHA, the agency has issued $1,922,895 in fines to an aluminum manufacturing company after inspectors learned two employees were hospitalized in separate incidents.  [Read more…]

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Report: Opioid abuse down, but progress is uneven

A new federal government report shows about one-in-25 people age 12 or older in the U.S. used prescription pain relievers without a doctor’s direction in the past year.  [Read more…]

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