Safety and OSHA News

Was worker’s injury due to willful safety violation by employer?

Many states award extra workers’ comp benefits if an employee’s injury is due to an employer’s willful violation of a safety rule. Is that the case in this employee’s injury?  [Read more…]

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High pressure steam puts workers at risk: $882K in safety fines

Three contractors at a multi-employer construction site face a total of $882,000 in safety fines. Officials say the companies put workers’ lives at risk after a pressure valve was removed from a steam piping system.  [Read more…]

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Federal court upholds $70K general duty clause OSHA fine for ‘Midnight Rider’ death

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an OSHA fine issued to a film company that employed a camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train during a movie shoot.  [Read more…]

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Court says company’s safety policy not enforced, willful violation stands

You’ve probably heard this many times: It’s not enough to have a safety policy – you have to enforce it. Now, a federal appeals court has acknowledged that in a recent ruling.  [Read more…]

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A look back at Top 10 OSHA trends to watch in 2014

Many items on our “watch list” for OSHA in 2014 had some significant developments this year:  [Read more…]

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OSHA: Building was vulnerable to collapse; $196K fine

“Disregard of basic safety fundamentals,” is how OSHA chief David Michaels described a situation involving demolition of a building. As a result, a contractor now faces a hefty fine.  [Read more…]

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Equipment touches power line, worker electrocuted; $448K OSHA fine

An employee died from injuries sustained while working with equipment that touched an overhead power line. A worker for the same company suffered injuries previously in a similar incident. Now the company faces almost half-a-million dollars in OSHA fines. [Read more…]

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OSHA criminal charges on the rise

OSHA has begun to refer more cases to the Justice Department for investigation and possible criminal charges, according to two labor and employment lawyers based in Washington DC. [Read more…]

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Attorney: Why companies should fight more OSHA citations

Recently, we wrote that an Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission ruling could make it more difficult for OSHA to get willful citations to stick. Now, a lawyer specializing in OSHA citation appeals has expressed the same opinion, and we have anecdotal evidence that this is already happening. [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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