Safety and OSHA News

Did unpreventable employee misconduct lead to worker’s broken ribs?

A company argues an OSHA fine should be thrown out because of unpreventable employee misconduct. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Injured worker reportedly did ‘donuts’ with forklift: Will he get workers’ comp?

A court considers whether “thrill seeking” on the job prohibits an injured employee from receiving workers’ comp benefits.  [Read more…]

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Repeat violations add up: $261K in OSHA fines

One OSHA inspection with violations can be expensive enough. But follow-up visits from the agency can be even more costly when violations are labeled “repeat,” as this manufacturer found.  [Read more…]

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He accidentally killed co-worker: Workers’ comp for PTSD?

A forklift driver ran over a co-worker. The co-worker died, and the forklift driver was denied workers’ comp for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Forklift runs over worker’s foot: After amputation, can he get comp and sue?

A truck driver’s foot was run over by a forklift while he was making a delivery. His leg was amputated, and he got workers’ comp from his employer. Can he also sue the company where he was making the delivery?  [Read more…]

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Forklift injury prompts OSHA visit, $47K fine

A worker for a Georgia nursery crushed his pelvis in a forklift accident. OSHA investigated and discovered 17 unrelated serious safety violations at the facility.  [Read more…]

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18-year-old killed on job just months after graduating high school; $105K fine

“This young man was fresh out of high school with a lifetime ahead of him,” said Mark Hysell, OSHA’s area director in Eau Claire, WI. This tragedy means a six-figure fine and placement in an OSHA special-focus program for the company that employed the teen.  [Read more…]

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Employee shot to death at work: Can his mother sue for wrongful death?

An employee with a criminal record shot another worker to death. Can the dead worker’s mother sue the company for wrongful death, or is her lawsuit barred by the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation?  [Read more…]

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Trial to determine how far OSHA can go with enterprise-wide orders

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) will hear a case that will determine the extent to which OSHA and the Commission can order a company to abate hazards at all of its locations. Forklifts are the issue in this case.

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Can deaf worker safely drive forklift? Court weighs in

Here’s a tough call to make: A deaf employee drove forklifts safely on a daily basis for years. Then, a corporate policy said he could no longer do that for safety reasons. Do you bar him from operating forklifts? And what did a court have to say?

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