Safety and OSHA News

Were they employees or contractors? OSHA fine hangs in balance

A maintenance man was fined $5,600 when two handymen he hired violated OSHA regs. OSHA claimed the maintenance guy was their employer, so he was responsible. The maintenance man appealed, saying the two men were hired contractors. What did the court say?  [Read more…]

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Court says company’s safety policy not enforced, willful violation stands

You’ve probably heard this many times: It’s not enough to have a safety policy – you have to enforce it. Now, a federal appeals court has acknowledged that in a recent ruling.  [Read more…]

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Court: OSHA fine was based on worker’s lie

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission recently overturned an OSHA fine issued to a company in connection with a worker injury. OSHRC found OSHA relied upon questionable statements from the employee to issue the violation.  [Read more…]

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Federal court says OSHA bears higher burden of proof for violations

To make a citation stick, one thing OSHA has to show is that the company had knowledge of the violation. A recent circuit court ruling just made that more difficult for OSHA to prove in some cases. [Read more…]

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OSHA loses repeat violation argument; court says 2 locations were separate

A company didn’t deny that it had violated OSHA regulations. Rather it said OSHA’s repeat violation classification was wrong. Now the agency has lost its argument before a federal appeals court. [Read more…]

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Pigeon droppings make workers sick; court upholds OSHA fine

An administrative law judge with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has upheld fines against an Ohio company. An inspection revealed several employees had symptoms of a potentially fatal respiratory disease after sweeping up pigeon droppings. [Read more…]

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Different facilities, same rule broken: Repeat OSHA violation?

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The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has issued an important decision that will help determine what is and what isn’t a repeat OSHA violation. [Read more…]

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