Safety and OSHA News

Owner, manager going to prison for death of worker

A California judge has sentenced the owner and project manager of a construction company to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of an employee.  [Read more…]

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2 managers, 2 companies face manslaughter charges in trench fatality

A foreman and a site superintendent face manslaughter and other charges in connection with the death of a construction worker in an unprotected trench in New York City.  [Read more…]

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Is company on the hook for temp worker’s injuries?

From a financial point of view, one benefit to companies of using temps is that the employment agency’s workers’ comp insurance covers the workers. But does this eliminate a liability for businesses, or just create a new one?  [Read more…]

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CEO arrested in worker’s death

Authorities in California have arrested a business owner in connection with the death of a worker in a trench in January 2012.  [Read more…]

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Trench collapse buries worker; $168K fine for his death

A California construction company will pay a hefty Cal/OSHA fine and still faces possible criminal charges in connection with the death of a worker in an excavation collapse. [Read more…]

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Fatality: Worker buried up to his head in trench collapse

A carpenter was buried up to the top of his head in the collapse of a 12-foot ditch. The situation was so dangerous that rescuers couldn’t remove his body until two days later. [Read more…]

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Company cited 8 times in 12 years: $354K fine

A contractor with a history of violating workplace safety standards faces a total of $354,000 in new fines from OSHA in connection with trenching hazards at two work sites. [Read more…]

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1 killed, 1 injured in trench collapse; $160K OSHA fine

A contracting company faces $159,600 in OSHA fines following the death of one employee and the hospitalization of another. [Read more…]

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Grisly reminder: Unprotected trenches can be deadly

Two recent incidents show how unprotected trenches can be deadly, even if an employee isn’t completely buried by soil after a collapse. [Read more…]

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Did OSHA citation make company vulnerable to lawsuit?

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Workers’ comp is usually the “exclusive remedy” when an employee is injured on the job, meaning the worker can’t sue the company. But when OSHA issues a willful citation, does that open the door for a successful lawsuit? [Read more…]

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