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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Safety coordinator, general manager charged with lying during OSHA investigation

A federal grand jury has indicted two managers, alleging they lied and threatened employees during an OSHA investigation into an employee’s death.  [Read more…]

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Disability accommodation: Did company do enough to find special steel-toe boots?

A job requires steel-toe boots for safety. An injured worker can’t wear traditional steel-toe boots. What is a company supposed to do?  [Read more…]

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Light duty refused by injured worker; can she get workers’ comp benefits?

An employer offered light duty to an injured worker who had work restrictions. The employee refused to take the job, claiming it wasn’t within her doctor’s work restrictions, and she applied for workers’ comp benefits. Did a court say she should receive benefits?   [Read more…]

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Injured worker fired for not being able to do his job: Is that disability discrimination?

A jury ruled a company discriminated against an employee when it fired him for not being able to do his job after a workplace injury. Did an appeals court uphold the jury verdict?  [Read more…]

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OSHA’s Top 10 violations for 2018

What safety mistakes is OSHA issuing fines for most often?  [Read more…]

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Not reporting injuries could bring an OSHA inspector to your door

Questions have arisen about whether the Trump administration has weakened the OSHA electronic injury reporting rule because there appear to be few (if any) penalties tied to not reporting. That’s changed.  [Read more…]

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Drug testing, safety incentives OK under OSHA recordkeeping regulation

OSHA has issued a memo that it hopes will clear up some confusion over whether certain drug testing and safety incentive programs aren’t permitted under its 2016 recordkeeping regulation.  [Read more…]

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Fell, injured after clocking out: Did she get workers’ comp?

This employee had clocked out after her shift and was leaving her workplace when she slipped, fell and was injured. She applied for workers’ comp benefits. Did a court grant them?  [Read more…]

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Medical marijuana user loses job offer: Is that discrimination?

Navigating state medical marijuana laws isn’t getting any easier.  [Read more…]

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Was employee doctor shopping for opioids? Court decides workers’ comp case

This injured worker left the care of his pain management doctor after having a disagreement about the amount of opioids he was taking. Can the worker get a new doctor under workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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