Safety and OSHA News

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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Worker dies from heat; judge upholds OSHA fines to employer

Federal OSHA doesn’t have a heat stress standard. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be cited for failing to have a heat stress plan. [Read more…]

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Judges uphold Wal-Mart fine for missing hazard assessment

One size fits all? Maybe when it comes to some of their products, but not when it comes to hazard assessments at Wal-Mart distribution centers, according to a new ruling.  [Read more…]

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Review commission raises company’s OSHA fine

It’s not uncommon for a company to get a reduction in the amount of its OSHA fine on appeal. In this case, OSHA prevailed and got a fine increased. [Read more…]

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Worker electrocuted: Would OSHA fine be $600 or $6,300?

A review board recently heard an appeal of an OSHA fine centered strictly on the amount the company would have to pay. The case involves the electrocution of a drywall installer. [Read more…]

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Judge reduces BP penalties for OSHA violations from $3M to $80K

In 2010, OSHA fined BP $3 million for process safety management violations at its refinery near Toledo, Ohio. A review commission judge has thrown out many of the violations and reduced the fines to $80,000. How did this happen? [Read more…]

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Is it OK just to provide PPE, or do you have to make ’em wear it?

Interpretation of a safety regulation sometimes turns on the meaning of one word. That was the case regarding an OSHA fine for lack of PPE. Now a review panel has taken another look at the matter. [Read more…]

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Judge says OSHA violation wasn’t willful because supervisor was confused

When is an OSHA fine categorized as willful rather than serious? The question arose in the recent appeal of a construction case involving trenching. [Read more…]

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Commission won’t hear appeal in SeaWorld killer whale case

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) has refused to hear an appeal of a judge’s decision that levied a fine and conditions on SeaWorld Orlando following the killing of a trainer by a whale in 2010. [Read more…]

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