Safety and OSHA News

Repeat and willful citations add up: $203K for violations, including fall protection

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited a construction company for 13 violations after a state employee saw three workers exposed to fall hazards while working nearly 20 feet off the ground.  [Read more…]

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OSHA issues rule to revise beryllium regulations

A new rule issued by OSHA lowers the allowed levels of a chemical that can cause devastating lung diseases.  [Read more…]

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Workplace deaths up slightly; fatality rate down a little

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 4,836 workplace deaths were recorded in the U.S. in 2015, a slight increase from 4,821 in 2014.  [Read more…]

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Construction foreman convicted in connection with worker’s death

A jury has found a construction foreman guilty of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment in connection with a worker’s death in a trench collapse.  [Read more…]

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18-year-old worker almost killed first day on job; OSHA issues $152K in fines

A roofer without fall protection was almost killed his first day on the job. OSHA found out and issued $152,145 in fines.  [Read more…]

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Does .05 blood alcohol content disqualify employee from workers’ comp?

A company tried to deny workers’ comp benefits to an injured employee, saying he was intoxicated when he was injured. Just what counts as “intoxicated” when it comes to workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Judge upholds $250K in OSHA fines for scaffold violations

A judge has denied a contractor’s appeal of its almost $250,000 in OSHA fines for scaffold hazards at a Manhattan construction site.  [Read more…]

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Company convicted of manslaughter in worker’s death

A construction company has been convicted of five counts, including manslaughter, in connection with the death of a worker who was crushed to death when an unshored, 13-foot-deep trench collapsed.  [Read more…]

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Top 5 causes of workplace injuries

Five years and more than 1.5 million workers’ comp claims. That’s what The Travelers Companies looked at to determine the who, what, where, when, why and how of workplace injuries … also how much they cost.  [Read more…]

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Worker fatality rate increases for first time in four years

The federal government’s final count of fatal occupational injuries in 2014 shows an increase from 2013 – the first one since 2010.  [Read more…]

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