The first, important step to creating a solid worker safety program is with a thorough risk assessment of the workplace. But what many people don’t know is that risk assessments are not a one-time project. Does your workplace stay the same over the years, with the same staff and conditions? No, not often. It changes […]
Fatigue and insufficient safety training led to the fatal collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a Philippine container ship. The June 17, 2017, collision between USS Fitzgerald and ACX Crystal was caused by fatigue and a lack of training among the Fitzgerald’s crew, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Seven Fitzgerald crew members […]
A malfunctioning hydrogen sulfide alarm system may have led to the deaths of a worker and his wife who were overcome by the deadly gas. Testing of the alarm system following the tragic incident suggests it may not have been performing as expected, according to a factual update report provided by the U.S. Chemical Safety […]
Virginia is the first state in the nation to adopt workplace safety standards to address the coronavirus. The state‘s Safety and Health Codes Board adopted the emergency temporary standard on infectious disease prevention – drafted under the direction of Governor Ralph Northam – by a 9-2 vote July 15. Virginia is mandating PPE, sanitation, social […]
OSHA published its final rule July 13, revising the beryllium standard for general industry. Changes made in the final rule are meant to clarify the standard and simplify compliance. The deadline for compliance with the final standard – which will affect about 50,500 workers – is Sept. 14, but OSHA has been enforcing most of […]
Workers employed by two McDonald’s franchises in Chicago now have more protection against the coronavirus thanks to a court order forcing the restaurants to comply with state mask and social distancing requirements. The June 24 court order was the result of a class action lawsuit brought against several franchise owners by employees concerned for their […]
As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to evolve, OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have posted guidance on their websites for dealing with the virus.
Just weeks before a trial was to start in the case, the family of a deceased worker has reached a settlement with the general contractor on a rehabilitation project.
His doctor said an employee’s frequent lifting at work aggravated a pre-existing back injury. Did a court agree and award workers’ comp benefits?