Safety and OSHA News

Did unpreventable employee misconduct lead to worker’s broken ribs?

A company argues an OSHA fine should be thrown out because of unpreventable employee misconduct. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Did ‘unpreventable employee misconduct’ lead to confined space emergency?

A worker had to be rescued after passing out in a confined space. OSHA issued fines, but the company argued this was “unpreventable employee misconduct.” Did a court throw out the fine?  [Read more…]

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Off-road vehicle injury: Will OSHA fine stick, or was this unpreventable misconduct?

An employee blatantly violates one of your safety rules and causes an injury. Should you have to pay an OSHA fine for that?  [Read more…]

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Fake shootout turned real: Will General Duty Clause fine hold up?

An actor at a wild west theme park was accidentally shot in the head during a performance because live ammunition was used instead of blanks. OSHA issued a General Duty Clause (GDC) fine to the park which appealed. How did a court recently rule in this case?  [Read more…]

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Actor shot in head; Will OSHA fine stick?

An actor was shot in the head and seriously injured because a real bullet was mistaken for a blank. Now a judge has decided whether an OSHA fine is valid, or if this was a case of unpreventable employee misconduct. [Read more…]

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General duty clause violation or unpreventable employee misconduct?

You’ve provided safety training and your workers perform hazard analyses before starting jobs. Then an employee’s action leads to his death. Is it an OSHA violation or unpreventable employee misconduct? [Read more…]

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Worker struck, killed by truck: Should company pay OSHA fine?

A truck backed over an employee, killing him. OSHA issued two citations against his employer, saying workers didn’t receive safety training about hazards around construction equipment. The company says it was a case of unpreventable employee misconduct. Who prevailed when the case went to a review board? [Read more…]

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OSHA ordered to pay company’s attorney fees for appeal of fine

How did a company successfully appeal a safety citation and get an administrative law judge (ALJ) to order OSHA to pay the employer’s attorney fees? [Read more…]

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Worker suffers fatal fall: Was it unpreventable employee misconduct?

A worker falls to his death while upgrading a communication tower. An OSHA investigation showed that the worker had, for some reason, detached himself from his fall protection. Is the company at fault? [Read more…]

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