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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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FAA: No, you can’t attach flamethrowers to drones

OSHA uses drones for inspections. The construction industry uses them to make sure work at heights is safe. But the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warns, you can’t attach flamethrowers to drones. [Read more…]

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Company ordered to pay whistleblower $164K after OSHA investigation

OSHA has ordered a Houston-based company to pay a former employee back wages and other compensation after an investigation found the employer fired a whistleblower.  [Read more…]

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Five-ton piece of equipment falls, kills worker; wrongful death lawsuit denied

New York’s Supreme Court has rejected a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the administrator of the estate of a worker who was killed when a five-ton rotor compartment he was welding fell, killing him.  [Read more…]

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Employee struck by train, injured at work; did he suffer psychological injuries, too?

 

An employee suffered serious injuries at work, which were covered under workers’ comp. But one question remained: Did he suffer compensable psychological injuries, too?  [Read more…]

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Business owner sent to jail, has to pay $1 million for workers’ comp fraud

A business owner under-reported the number of employees he had. Now he’s headed to prison for workers’ comp fraud.  [Read more…]

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Doctor clears her for work, but she refuses to go back: Can she get workers’ comp?

An employee injured her neck at work. A doctor said she could return to work without restrictions. The employee quoted another doctor who recommended restrictions. She quit and filed for workers’ comp. Did she get benefits?  [Read more…]

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These hazards more likely to fatally injure temp/agency/contract workers

As far as workplace safety goes, there’s no difference in injuries suffered by temps or full-time employees doing the same job, right? New information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says, not necessarily.  [Read more…]

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What leads to long-term opioid use after a workplace injury?

A new study reveals six factors that can lead to long-term opioid use for employees injured at work and who weren’t previously taking the prescription painkillers.  [Read more…]

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Active shooter training worked: Walmart employee helps lead 150 people to safety

Unlike other types of safety training that employees use every day, active shooter instructions are the kind that you hope they’ll never have to depend upon. In the case of the mass shooting at the Walmart in El Paso, TX, active shooter training may have saved dozens of lives.  [Read more…]

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Study: Workplace bullying hurts occupational safety and health

We all know bullying supervisors negatively affect morale. Now, a new study also shows they also impact workplace safety.  [Read more…]

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