A federal court case regarding a $900 fine against a company for omitting an injury from its OSHA 300 log has resulted in sharp criticism of OSHA’s recordkeeping standard. See if you agree with the court:
A Texas newspaper takes a look at how the $118,300 OSHA fine for the West Fertilizer explosion stacks up against those for other catastrophic workplace incidents. Its conclusion: OSHA fines aren’t proportional to loss of life.
Wal-Mart employee Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death in 2008 by a Black Friday crowd. OSHA fined Wal-Mart $7,000 in connection with the incident. The retail giant still hasn’t paid the fine five years later.
Many items on our “watch list” for OSHA in 2014 had some significant developments this year:
An actor was shot in the head and seriously injured because a real bullet was mistaken for a blank. Now a judge has decided whether an OSHA fine is valid, or if this was a case of unpreventable employee misconduct.
Big companies are expanding their safety programs to their office settings – so says a recent, nationally published article. The stated goal: Get everyone thinking about safety. Is this really going to help?
A company appealed an OSHA citation, arguing a hazard wasn’t reasonably predictable, therefore the fine should be thrown out. How did a judge rule?
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.
Two owners of a roofing business were held in custody for a week because they failed to comply with a court order to pay $195,170 in OSHA fines.
Have you ever wondered if OSHA would fine your company over a Form 300 violation even if you got everything else right as far as safety is concerned? This court case shows it will.
Scenario: A company failed to record an employee’s injury that happened more than four years ago. Can OSHA fine the company for that four years later?
How many years can OSHA look back to consider if a violation should be categorized as repeat and therefore carry a higher fine?
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) has refused to hear an appeal of a judge’s decision that levied a fine and conditions on SeaWorld Orlando following the killing of a trainer by a whale in 2010.
A review commission has upheld an OSHA fine against a construction company in connection with the death of a worker. The commission says the company’s communication of the need for a rescue was insufficient.
An OSHA investigation determined that proper emergency services weren’t available at a worksite on the day a worker died on the job. The company contested the OSHA fine. What’s the outcome of the company’s appeal?
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) has upheld an instance-by-instance OSHA fine involving the deaths of two Missouri construction company employees.
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