Safety and OSHA News

Repeat and willful citations add up: $203K for violations, including fall protection

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited a construction company for 13 violations after a state employee saw three workers exposed to fall hazards while working nearly 20 feet off the ground.  [Read more…]

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Which companies under-report injuries? The impact on workplace safety

A new study reveals which size companies and what industries are more likely to under-report worker injuries. The study also points out how this impacts efforts to reduce worker injuries at all sorts of companies.  [Read more…]

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Post-injury drug test is positive for pot: Can company fire worker?

An employee had a license to use medical marijuana. After he was injured at work, he tested positive for pot. The employer has a drug-free workplace policy. Can the company fire the worker?

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Employers should check their drug policies

Availability of legal, recreational pot in Washington state is a big change. What hasn’t changed is employers’ ability to test their employees for marijuana use. Even so, employers should check their drug policies in light of the new pot law.  [Read more…]

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10-year study: Do inspections help bring down injury rates?

What is the effect on companies of OSHA enforcement as far as future safety performance? One state has looked at ten years’ worth of records to find out. [Read more…]

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Can pot-using worker be fired in medical marijuana state?

Fact: 16 states and Washington, DC, have laws that allow the medical use of marijuana for patients with fatal diseases or chronic pain. What’s not as clear: How these laws impact workplace drug policies. Now, another state court has weighed in.

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New law for fixing hazards when appealing citations

Imagine this scenario: Your facility is inspected by state or federal OSHA. The agency issues citations. Your company decides to appeal. Should you be required to correct the hazards while the case is under appeal? [Read more…]

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