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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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Should workers’ comp benefits be reduced because worker didn’t wear PPE?

The question the court had to decide in this case: Did the worker intentionally not wear his PPE?  [Read more…]

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Did mold exposure create a compensable injury under workers’ comp?

There’s no question this former employee was exposed to mold at work. After the exposure, she developed an inflammatory illness that can affect the lungs. Did workers’ comp cover her condition?  [Read more…]

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Safe + Sound Week: Aug. 13-19, 2018

OSHA and dozens of partner organizations want companies to take some time to put a particular focus on the value of workplace safety and health programs.  [Read more…]

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CEO, plant manager face jail due to Hurricane Harvey chemical release, fire

Photo: U.S. Chemical Safety Board

A prosecutor notes that while indictments against corporations and their managers for environmental and safety crimes are rare, “those who poison our environment will be prosecuted when the evidence justifies it.” Now two managers face jail time in connection with one of the worst storms in U.S. history.  [Read more…]

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Injured at work, then he got into a fight and was fired: Can he collect comp?

This employee received workers’ comp benefits for workplace injuries. Then he got into a physical fight with a co-worker and was fired. Did his comp benefits continue?  [Read more…]

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OSHA issues proposal to end some electronic recordkeeping submissions

As expected, OSHA says it wants to remove a requirement from its electronic recordkeeping rule.  [Read more…]

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Construction firm ordered to pay $250K in fatal fall case

A judge has ordered a construction company to pay a total of $250,000 in penalties in connection with an employee’s fatal fall.  [Read more…]

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Worker injured by electrical shock; can he get comp benefits for depression too?

This employee received an electrical shock. There’s no question he suffered physical injuries. But did his depression result from the work injury, and is it compensable under workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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No workers’ comp benefits for employee injured in car crash

Employees injured in vehicle crashes on their way to or from their job usually don’t receive workers’ comp benefits for their injuries. Courts have recognized exceptions – but not in this case where an employee gave a co-worker a ride.  [Read more…]

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She was shot to death at work: Will her husband get comp benefits?

When is a victim’s spouse eligible for workers’ comp benefits following a death due to workplace violence? This active shooter case spells out what the law says in one state.  [Read more…]

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