Safety and OSHA News

Video: Worker saved because he was tied off; truck crash sent him flying

This video provides an example of how wearing proper safety gear can prevent injury or death. When a truck struck a worker in a bucket truck, he was sent flying over a busy highway. [Read more…]

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Should workers be compensated for donning and doffing this equipment?

The U.S. Second Circuit Court has issued an opinion that attempts to further clarify when workers should be paid for putting on and taking off equipment (including safety gear) before and after their shifts.  [Read more…]

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds $2.9 million award for donning/doffing safety gear

In a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a circuit court ruling awarding employees at a Tyson Foods pork processing plant $2.9 million in overtime pay for time spent donning and doffing safety gear that was integral and indispensable to their hazardous work.   [Read more…]

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U.S. Steel: Putting on safety gear same as changing clothes

The issue of whether companies have to pay their employees for the time it takes to put on and take off safety gear is slogging its way through the federal courts. The issue will soon be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. [Read more…]

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear donning/doffing safety gear case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on whether workers should be paid for their time donning and doffing protective safety gear. [Read more…]

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Was he fired for safety violations or union activity?

After being previously warned, a worker was fired for safety violations. But the worker says he was really fired for union activity. How did a judge rule in this case? [Read more…]

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Tyson to pay $32 million to settle PPE question

Tyson Foods will pay $32 million to settle the question of whether workers should be paid for the time it takes to put on and take off protective clothes and safety gear at the beginning and end of their shifts. [Read more…]

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Courts differ again on pay for donning/doffing safety gear

Here we go again: Another federal court has ruled on whether employees should be paid for the time it takes to put on and take off their required safety gear. And the ruling is opposite one handed down by another court just last month. [Read more…]

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Federal appeals court says pay workers for donning/doffing safety gear

Confused about whether you’re required to pay workers for the time they spend putting on and taking off their required safety gear? You’re not alone. Yet another federal court has weighed in on the issue. [Read more…]

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Kraft to pay $4M in back wages for PPE donning and doffing

The question of whether companies are required to pay employees for the time it takes them to put on and take off required safety gear is still complicated. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken a pass on a case, leaving in place a lower court ruling. [Read more…]

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