Safety and OSHA News

Contractor sentenced to 2 years in prison for fatal trench collapse

The contractor convicted on two counts of manslaughter for his involvement in a fatal Boston trench collapse has been sentenced to two years in prison.  [Read more…]

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Top 10 OSHA fines of 2016

As OSHA increased its maximum fines in August 2016, the number of penalties above $200,000 increased.  [Read more…]

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Contractor ignores OSHA, continues work despite hazard: $275K fine

After being told by an investigator to protect workers against trench cave-in hazards, this contractor returned to work the next day and exposed the same crew to the same risk.  [Read more…]

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Company contests fine for OSHA first aid violation: How did court rule?

An OSHA investigation determined that proper emergency services weren’t available at a worksite on the day a worker died on the job. The company contested the OSHA fine. What’s the outcome of the company’s appeal?  [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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Job required sitting for hours in one spot: Is blood clot covered by workers’ comp?

A technician spent 10 hours working on a cell tower, sitting on a small pipe with his legs wrapped around it to secure him. The worker developed a pulmonary embolism which doctors say was likely caused by extended periods of sitting. Was this injury covered by workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Teen loses leg in work injury: Company’s fines now total $1.4M

A 17-year-old working at a chicken processing plant had his left leg amputated from the knee down while he was cleaning a machine. Now the plant and the contracting company that employed him both face significant OSHA fines.  [Read more…]

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Contractor’s thumb severed by unguarded machine: Can he sue?

Who is responsible for a contract employee’s at-work injury is evolving in many states. Reason: More and more state courts are recognizing an exception to standard premises liability law in cases like this one.  [Read more…]

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Business owner taken into custody for not paying OSHA fines

What happens when a company doesn’t correct workplace hazards and fails to pay OSHA fines? The owner of a contracting company in Illinois now knows the answer to that question.  [Read more…]

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Company owner jailed — no workers’ comp insurance

What’s the penalty for not having workers’ comp insurance? In some cases, like this one, it’s jail. [Read more…]

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