Safety and OSHA News

What Would You Do? Can you hire applicant who uses medical marijuana?

Here’s a challenging scenario: A prospective new hire seems perfect for a position in the shipping office, but she is a legal user of medical marijuana. Company policy says employees can use medical marijuana as long as they’re not in a safety-sensitive position, but the policy fails to clarify what such a job is. What would you do in this situation?  [Read more…]

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Company pleads guilty in fatal explosion, could pay more than $2M in fines and restitution

A Texas-based fracking services company has pleaded guilty, and could pay more than $2 million in fines and restitution, for its role in a fatal explosion that occurred in North Dakota in 2014. [Read more…]

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New research: As little as 16 minutes less sleep can harm work concentration

Poor sleep may lead to bad decision-making and distracting thoughts at work, according to a recent study by the Work, Family and Health Network.  [Read more…]

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Company fined $1.3M, named Severe Violator for variety of willful, serious violations

OSHA fined an Ohio metal heat treatment company more than $1 million for a variety of willful and serious violations and placed it in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.  [Read more…]

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Court rules injured contract workers entitled to $2.5M in civil damages from employer

An appeals court recently upheld a decision that two contract agricultural employees were entitled to $2.5 million in civil damages from the sugarcane farm where they were working.  [Read more…]

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Indicator tracking gets plant back on track

One of our plants had record low incident rates and record high safety walk participation, corrective action completion rates, employee training and behavior-based safety.  [Read more…]

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OSHA’s March 2 deadline to submit 2018 300A data is just around the corner

The March 2 deadline for certain employers to electronically report their 2018 300A Form information is just around the corner.  [Read more…]

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Get your 2018 OSHA 300-A summary posted: Feb. 1 deadline

Feb. 1 is the deadline for employers to post 300-A Summary forms listing 2018 injuries and illnesses. [Read more…]

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Fungal infection due to trenching on the job or hay on employee’s hobby farm?

An employee contracted a fungal infection in his lungs while digging a trench, but his employer claimed he got the infection while bailing hay on his hobby farm. Was the employee able to get benefits?  [Read more…]

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