Safety and OSHA News

No change in number of workplace injuries, illnesses for first time since 2012

For the first time since 2012, there was no change in the number of workplace injuries and illnesses year-to-year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  [Read more…]

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Owners charged with comp fraud after worker’s serious injury

The owners of a Minnesota tree service were charged after they allegedly attempted to cheat the state’s insurance program following an incident that left an employee severely injured.  [Read more…]

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Court: Positive weed test doesn’t automatically mean person is intoxicated

An appeals court recently found a worker who tested positive for marijuana in a post-incident drug test was eligible for workers’ compensation benefits despite the positive test results.  [Read more…]

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Safety manager sentenced to 3 months home confinement in cover-up

A safety manager charged with covering up information about an employee’s death at the company’s Ohio plant was sentenced to three months of home confinement.  [Read more…]

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CSB: Corroded pipe caused refinery explosion; 5 injured, 676K pounds of hydrocarbons released

Safety professionals know wear and tear on equipment could lead to unsafe conditions if not regularly monitored and repaired. But sometimes even regular inspections don’t catch everything, potentially leading to disaster. [Read more…]

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Executive faces jail in plant explosion that injured 3

The president of an oil recycling company is facing up to 15 years in prison and $1.2 million in fines under the federal Clean Air Act for a 2012 explosion that injured three employees at a Wyoming processing plant. [Read more…]

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OSHA changes its mind about beryllium rule

When it comes to OSHA’s beryllium standard for construction, it seems there isn’t as much overlap with other standards as the agency initially thought. [Read more…]

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$47M settlement reached in fatal boiler explosion caused by ‘prolonged series of errors’

A fatal boiler explosion caused by a series of maintenance errors led to a $47 million settlement involving six different companies. [Read more…]

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Can an injury log violation lead to a fine even if you got safety right in every other way?

Have you ever wondered if OSHA would fine your company over a Form 300 violation even if you got everything else right as far as safety is concerned? This court case shows it will.  [Read more…]

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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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