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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Federal court upholds $70K general duty clause OSHA fine for ‘Midnight Rider’ death

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an OSHA fine issued to a film company that employed a camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train during a movie shoot.  [Read more…]

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Congress votes to repeal OSHA’s 5-year recordkeeping rule

Using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has passed a measure to rescind an OSHA rule that requires companies with more than 10 employees to keep injury records for five years.  [Read more…]

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Husband sues 5 companies after factory robot kills his wife

The head injuries his wife received were so severe, a funeral director suggested a closed casket. Now the husband wants answers so that this sort of tragedy involving a factory robot doesn’t happen again.  [Read more…]

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OSHA delays effective date of new beryllium rule

Employers will have some additional time to comply with the new beryllium rule.  [Read more…]

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Company to pay $30K to settle suit involving inability to provide urine sample

A trucking company has agreed to pay $30,000 following its withdrawal of a conditional job offer. The applicant wasn’t able to provide a urine sample for a drug test due to a medical condition.  [Read more…]

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Was getting hit in groin by golf club an injury covered exclusively by workers’ comp?

You’d want to sue your boss, too, if he hit you in the groin with a golf club and your testicle had to be surgically removed. The question in this case is whether a court will allow the lawsuit after the employee received workers’ comp benefits for the injury.  [Read more…]

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Dental damage claim 3 years after workplace fall: Will comp cover it?

This employee was treated for injuries due to a workplace fall. Years afterward, she amended her claim for dental damage. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Auditors say no benefit from suspended hours-of-service rules

A recent report throws cold water on claims that additional restrictions on commercial vehicle drivers’ hours would benefit safety.  [Read more…]

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Court: No workers’ comp for employee who claims hostile work environment

A trainer at a customer call center says a hostile work environment caused her to develop hypertension, type 2 diabetes and stress. She filed for workers’ comp, and her claim was rejected. Why did a court say her injuries weren’t compensable?  [Read more…]

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Are OSHA’s recent penalty increases against the law?

What happens when two federal laws regarding OSHA penalties conflict with each other?  [Read more…]

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