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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Arm fractured in conveyor: Was injury reasonably predictable?

A company appealed an OSHA citation, arguing a hazard wasn’t reasonably predictable, therefore the fine should be thrown out. How did a judge rule?  [Read more…]

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Did company know about hazard? OSHA fine hangs in the balance

A piece of concrete block fell down an elevator shaft from the 14th floor of a building to the basement, striking an elevator mechanic on the head. Is a masonry company at fault, and will an OSHA fine stick?  [Read more…]

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Worker loses two fingers; was company’s appeal of OSHA fines successful?

This employer says it couldn’t have known that an employee would do something unsafe which resulted in the loss of two fingers. Did a court see things the company’s way?  [Read more…]

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OSHA fines reduced 74% on appeal – now penalty is $209K

Two years ago, OSHA issued 24 violations with $822,000 in fines to a small employer after an employee lost three fingers in a machine. On appeal, a judge has significantly reduced the penalty.  [Read more…]

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Did ‘unpreventable employee misconduct’ lead to confined space emergency?

A worker had to be rescued after passing out in a confined space. OSHA issued fines, but the company argued this was “unpreventable employee misconduct.” Did a court throw out the fine?  [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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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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Judge upholds OSHA citations in amputation case, increases fine to $103K

In a case involving arm and finger amputations, a judge not only upheld most of the citations issued by OSHA, he increased the fines the company will pay by 37%.  [Read more…]

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Court upholds OSHA’s General Duty Clause fines following horrific murder

In 2013, social worker Stephanie Ross conducted a risk assessment for a client with a history of violence. During the meeting, the client stabbed Ross to death. OSHA fined her employer, which contested the citations. A court just decided those fines were justified.  [Read more…]

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