Safety and OSHA News

How Best Buy prepares its employees for active shooter incidents

The FBI recently stated in a report, “We now live in the age of public shootings.” Here’s the training program Best Buy developed to defend against this growing safety threat.  [Read more…]

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OSHA delays deadline for electronic recordkeeping: Will the new rule survive?

Just days before the compliance deadline, OSHA delayed the date to report injuries and illnesses under its new electronic recordkeeping rule. Some are wondering if the Obama-era rule is on the chopping block.  [Read more…]

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‘Callous disregard’ for safety leads to $89K OSHA fine

An Illinois roofing contractor has been cited by OSHA 19 times for fall hazards since 2006. An OSHA official said the contractor has shown “utter indifference” to the law.  [Read more…]

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Workers ‘needlessly sickened’ by mercury vapor: $142K fine

A New York environmental remediation contractor is facing a big OSHA fine after exposing its workers to mercury poisoning while removing the chemical at a Superfund site.  [Read more…]

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Auto parts maker fined $3.43M, named ‘severe violator’

An Ohio auto parts manufacturer is facing $3.43 million in fines after OSHA hit the company with a staggering 57 safety violations. OSHA chief David Michaels said the company has shown a “total disregard for its workers.”  [Read more…]

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Ex-Postal Service employee faces jail time for workers’ comp fraud

A former U.S. Postal Service employee was recently convicted of conducting a 15-year workers’ comp fraud scheme. The jury determined she fraudulently collected more than $429,000 in federal disability benefits since September 2001.  [Read more…]

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Sales clerk falls off ladder: Can she collect disability benefits?

A sales clerk was awarded disability benefits after falling off a ladder at work. The award was multiplied three times because she was unable to return to work and do the exact same job functions. But the store owner argued, even after the injury, she’d be able to do the essential functions of the job. How did the court rule?  [Read more…]

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Conveyor belt breaks bones in worker’s hand and arm: $140K OSHA fine

A Rochester, NY, commercial bakery was investigated after an employee broke bones in her hand and arm while cleaning a conveyor belt. It’s the third time in the past five years the bakery has been fined for lockout/tagout (LOTO) violations.  [Read more…]

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33% of workers say their company puts productivity before safety

A new survey from the National Safety Council (NSC) reveals many U.S. workers think their companies prioritize productivity before safety. Workers in high-risk industries were more likely to say safety takes a backseat to production.  [Read more…]

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Amazon fined $350K for shipping hazardous package

Amazon.com was recently fined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for violating Hazardous Materials Regulations in a shipment. It wasn’t the first time the online retailer has run afoul of the regs.  [Read more…]

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