Instead of “Play ball!” will it be “Play ball — but safely”?
Was surveillance video of a worker renovating a house enough to get his workers’ comp disability benefits thrown out?
You know OSHA will send inspectors to a facility when there is a fatality or multiple serious injuries. But chemicals leaks will also bring inspectors calling.
At least 10 companies with prior records of workplace safety violations have received millions in federal stimulus contracts in one state.
ConAgra Foods has reached a settlement with the North Carolina Department of Labor regarding the explosion at a Slim Jim factory last year that killed four workers and injured about 70 others.
A construction company has been convicted of five counts, including manslaughter, in connection with the death of a worker who was crushed to death when an unshored, 13-foot-deep trench collapsed.
A Georgia court has ordered a trucking company to pay the heirs of a worker $5.4 million. The worker was killed when he was run over by a dump truck.
“Disregard for the law” is how Labor Secretary Hilda Solis describes the events that led to a grain explosion that killed six workers and left two others seriously injured. Now OSHA has decided on the penalties for two companies involved in the incident.
The bad news: Some employers commit workers’ comp fraud to reduce costs so they can underbid honest companies. The good news: Many of the cheaters get caught and face serious penalties, as in this case.
A roofing contractor says competing companies have started an “OSHA war” by reporting violations by their competitors. He says he now has no choice but to “stoop to their level.”
An appeals court recently upheld a decision that two contract agricultural employees were entitled to $2.5 million in civil damages from the sugarcane farm where they were working.
Now more than ever, it’s important for companies to clearly establish who is responsible for safety at multi-employer worksites.
When is a fire escape not a fire escape? When it’s a scaffold, according to a New York Court.
Imagine a workplace safety and health lawsuit involving more than 9,000 plaintiffs, 90 government agencies and private companies, tons of pages of court documents, and several hundred lawyers. It’s the 9/11 Ground Zero case.
A piece of concrete block fell down an elevator shaft from the 14th floor of a building to the basement, striking an elevator mechanic on the head. Is a masonry company at fault, and will an OSHA fine stick?
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