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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Study: This training improves hazard recognition by workers

Workers who are trained on the concept of “visual literacy” are able to spot workplace hazards that might go unnoticed, according to a study by The Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council.  [Read more…]

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Should the U.S. go on Daylight Saving Time all year?

It’s the weekend many in the U.S. love to hate: As we turn our clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time (DST), we lose an hour of sleep. Is it time to go on DST all year-round?  [Read more…]

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Does workers’ comp cover weight-loss program so employee can have back surgery?

An employee injured her back at work. A neurosurgeon recommended back surgery but told the worker she had to lose 90 pounds before he’d operate. Does workers’ comp have to cover a weight-loss program?  [Read more…]

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Construction company owner faces jail time for allegedly lying to OSHA

What makes OSHA go directly after company owners and executives? Lying to the agency is definitely one reason.  [Read more…]

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Will widow get death benefits after day laborer killed her husband?

An administrative law judge ruled Juan Cuen Amavizca’s widow should receive workers’ comp death benefits after her husband was killed by a day laborer. Did an appeals court uphold the ALJ’s ruling?  [Read more…]

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Subcontractor didn’t have workers’ comp insurance: Is general contractor responsible?

Six employees were injured at a construction site. The general contractor found out the subcontractor that employed the injured workers didn’t have workers’ comp insurance. Did the injured workers get benefits from the general contractor’s policy?  [Read more…]

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Worker blinded in screwdriver attack – will he get workers’ comp?

A former co-worker stabbed a rest area overnight attendant in the face, permanently blinding him. He applied for workers’ comp benefits, but his employer denied the claim, arguing the assault didn’t arise out of employment. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Was company held liable for not using AED during worker’s heart attack?

An employee had a heart attack at work. The facility had an automated external defibrillator (AED) on site, but no one used it to help the employee. Did a court approve the employee’s request for workers’ comp benefits?   [Read more…]

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OSHA recordkeeping break: Now only 1 electronic file required

OSHA has scaled back the number of forms larger employers have to submit electronically. However, there is something new employers now have to submit. 

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OSHA and MSHA maximum fines increasing in 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor has increased maximum fines by 2.5% for 2019 which includes penalties assessed by OSHA and MSHA. [Read more…]

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