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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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Which companies are on OSHA’s target list now?

Which companies will receive OSHA inspections in Fiscal Year 2020 (which began Oct. 1, 2019)?  [Read more…]

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Slipped and fell in icy parking lot; does workers’ comp cover his injury?

 

Employees of this business were allowed to park in another company’s lot. When an employee slipped and fell in that lot, were his injuries covered by workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Court: Company was justified in firing injured worker

Firing an injured worker is often a sticky situation. Is the employee being fired for disregarding a safety rule or in retaliation for the injury? In this case, the employer showed the firing wasn’t retaliatory, according to a federal court.  [Read more…]

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Amputation and crushing injuries: $1.9M state fine

A dairy bottling and distribution company in Battle Ground, Washington, faces $1,848,000 in fines for multiple willful violations after a worker’s hand was crushed. [Read more…]

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15-year-old drowns clearing brush along river; employer pays $58K fine

A mowing contractor has agreed to pay $58,383 in fines for violating child labor laws in connection to the death of a 15-year-old.  [Read more…]

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New toolkit to help employers address opioid usage by employees

If you’re not sure your company has a comprehensive plan to address employee opioid addiction, you’re not alone. The good news is that the National Safety Council has released materials to help employers.  [Read more…]

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4 men drown in sewage tank after trying to rescue farmer trapped inside

It’s a story that’s still told too often: A confined space emergency turns into a multiple-death tragedy when workers try to rescue a colleague without the proper training or equipment.  [Read more…]

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OSHA’s top 10 violations for 2019: 27K citations

The top 10 most cited violations by federal OSHA in the first 10.5 months of fiscal year 2019 accounted for 26,915 violations.  [Read more…]

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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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