Safety and OSHA News

Wal-Mart drops appeal of trampling death fine, says it’ll pay

Wal-Mart says it’ll pay a $7,000 OSHA fine in connection with the 2008 trampling death of a store employee. This ends a six-year fight by the retail giant against the General Duty Clause (GDC) citation.  [Read more…]

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SeaWorld ends appeal of OSHA fine; General Duty violation upheld

No more appeals of the OSHA fines against SeaWorld. This means OSHA’s use of the General Duty Clause (GDC) in this case stands.  [Read more…]

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Does SeaWorld ruling impact human workplace violence cases?

Is the recent court decision regarding OSHA’s citations against SeaWorld in the death of a killer whale trainer so specific that it doesn’t impact other types of businesses? Or could it point to OSHA’s ability to fine companies in cases of human workplace violence?  [Read more…]

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Court says SeaWorld must follow order from OSHA

A federal appeals court has ruled SeaWorld must provide more protection for trainers working with killer whales at its Orlando park, as ordered by OSHA.  [Read more…]

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SeaWorld files complaint against OSHA inspector

At the same time that it’s appealing OSHA fines in federal court, SeaWorld has filed a complaint asking the Department of Labor to look into the conduct of the inspector who investigated the death of a trainer who was pulled underwater by a killer whale. [Read more…]

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Can OSHA enforce hazard abatement even during appeal?

Last summer, a judge affirmed fines and an abatement order against SeaWorld Orlando in connection with the drowning death of a trainer who was pulled underwater by a killer whale. SeaWorld appealed and in the meantime didn’t comply with the abatement order. Now a judge has weighed in again. [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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SeaWorld appeals citations in trainer death case

Calling the administrative law judge’s (ALJ) ruling “illogical,” SeaWorld Orlando has appealed a decision that bars trainers from being in the water with killer whales during performances. [Read more…]

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Michaels: General duty clause holds up, abatement is key

(Denver, CO) For safety professionals and the companies they work for, the recent opinion by an administrative law judge upholding fines against SeaWorld Orlando for the death of a trainer pulled underwater by a killer whale upholds a key OSHA power. [Read more…]

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OSHA citations upheld in death of trainer at SeaWorld

A judge’s ruling in the death of a killer whale trainer at SeaWorld in Orlando could change the park’s marine shows forever. [Read more…]

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