An independent contractor rule the Trump administration introduced Jan. 7, 2021, has been withdrawn by the Department of Labor (DOL). The rule – which made “the nature and degree of control over the work” one of two main factors in making an employee-or-contractor decision – was effectively withdrawn as of May 6, 2021. This was […]
OSHA has received more than 60,000 coronavirus-related complaints as of last March, primarily from employees seeking improved workplace safety measures. In response to the many grievances received, OSHA launched the National Emphasis Program (NEP) in March 2021 to ensure businesses provide employees with adequate resources and protection during the pandemic. The program indicated a new […]
Temporary construction workers – who are at an increased risk of safety and health hazards than full time construction employees – face barriers to reporting near misses and injuries, according to a new study. Even though temporary workers believe identifying workplace hazards and using situational awareness can protect them, some won’t report risks and injuries, a study […]
A fatal trench collapse involving a worker killed attempting to save a co-worker serves as a tragic reminder that rescue attempts should only be made when it’s safe to do so and only by trained individuals. Responding to the incident without first checking to see if the scene was safe cost one worker his life […]
The contractor convicted on two counts of manslaughter for his involvement in a fatal Boston trench collapse has been sentenced to two years in prison.
At a time when over half of people have a video camera in their pocket (their smart phone), and security cameras are more common, video evidence will help investigators, such as OSHA, determine the cause of catastrophic events, like the fatal hotel construction collapse in New Orleans.
Which companies will receive OSHA inspections in Fiscal Year 2020 (which began Oct. 1, 2019)?
The top 10 most cited violations by federal OSHA in the first 10.5 months of fiscal year 2019 accounted for 26,915 violations.
An employee injured her neck at work. A doctor said she could return to work without restrictions. The employee quoted another doctor who recommended restrictions. She quit and filed for workers’ comp. Did she get benefits?