Safety and OSHA News

Fungal infection due to trenching on the job or hay on employee’s hobby farm?

An employee contracted a fungal infection in his lungs while digging a trench, but his employer claimed he got the infection while bailing hay on his hobby farm. Was the employee able to get benefits?  [Read more…]

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Business owner taken into custody for not paying OSHA fines

What happens when a company doesn’t correct workplace hazards and fails to pay OSHA fines? The owner of a contracting company in Illinois now knows the answer to that question.  [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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Whistleblower complaint leads to $112K OSHA fine

A whistleblower complaint led OSHA to investigate a construction site. The agency found enough violations to levy a six-figure fine. [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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OSHA seeks to monitor company’s operations

Pointing to an alleged pattern of violations, OSHA is seeking a court order to require a Norridge, IL, company to provide a monthly report of its work locations so they can be monitored. [Read more…]

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