Safety and OSHA News

Executive faces jail in plant explosion that injured 3

The president of an oil recycling company is facing up to 15 years in prison and $1.2 million in fines under the federal Clean Air Act for a 2012 explosion that injured three employees at a Wyoming processing plant. [Read more…]

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Does previous coverage guarantee future comp for unexplained blackouts?

This case started relatively simply: After being struck, a worker required neck surgery. But then unexplained blackouts entered into the picture, leading ultimately to a workers’ comp decision by this state’s supreme court.  [Read more…]

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Top 10 states where mood-altering drug use is highest

Want to know if your workers are more likely to be under the influence of “mood-altering drugs?” A new study has state-by-state stats.

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Employee lied to get job: Can company deny his workers’ comp claim?

A company used two arguments to deny workers’ comp to an injured, undocumented worker: He can’t work legally in the U.S., and he lied to get the job. How did a court rule?

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Is $3,000 a large-enough penalty for a workplace death?

The family of a 20-year-old man who was killed on a construction site has proposed legislation for a mandatory fine when an employee is killed on the job. “He was priceless, and $3,000 doesn’t do s—,” said the man’s stepbrother.  [Read more…]

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Scenario: What do you do when you have the most work fatalities?

Imagine your state has the highest workplace fatality rate in the nation. What would you recommend to change that? [Read more…]

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Reducing fatalities: The little things really do matter

Recently, a federal agency started to gather information on why Wyoming has the highest workplace fatality rate in the nation. [Read more…]

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