When OSHA finds multiple violations at a company, you can be sure the agency will be back, particularly if it receives a complaint about safety hazards.
Wal-Mart is off the hook but other companies may not be when it comes to an OSHA regulation regarding hazard assessments. OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) plays a part in a federal court’s decision in this case.
A federal court says because a company made some effort to comply with an OSHA standard, safety violations weren’t willful. That will reduce the OSHA fines, which were originally almost $7.5 million, by at least 90%.
Now more than ever, it’s important for companies to clearly establish who is responsible for safety at multi-employer worksites.
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission recently overturned an OSHA fine issued to a company in connection with a worker injury. OSHRC found OSHA relied upon questionable statements from the employee to issue the violation.
A worker had to be rescued after passing out in a confined space. OSHA issued fines, but the company argued this was “unpreventable employee misconduct.” Did a court throw out the fine?
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?
More than a dozen times over a two-month period, employees made notations in logs about a crane cable that needed to be repaired. But a court said the company “utterly failed to take steps to discover violations.” What happened when the company appealed a $56,000 OSHA fine?
When OSHA uses its General Duty Clause (GDC) to issue a fine, one of the things it must show is that there is a feasible way to eliminate or significantly reduce the hazard. That issue comes up in this case involving forklifts and unloading materials.
A company argues an OSHA fine should be thrown out because of unpreventable employee misconduct. How did a court rule?
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has issued an important decision that will help determine what is and what isn’t a repeat OSHA violation.
When a worker doesn’t use PPE and dies on the job as a result, is the employer responsible or is it a case of employee misconduct?
OSHA found five violations at this company. Five doesn’t sound like a lot, but the associated fines totaled $131,200. The reason: They were all failure-to-abate or repeat citations.
An actor at a wild west theme park was accidentally shot in the head during a performance because live ammunition was used instead of blanks. OSHA issued a General Duty Clause (GDC) fine to the park which appealed. How did a court recently rule in this case?
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an OSHA fine issued to a film company that employed a camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train during a movie shoot.
“We trust the Commission will act before the decade is out,” the U.S. District Court wrote earlier this year regarding OSHA fines that date back to 1993. Action has been taken, and the result could affect how much OSHA can charge for violations.
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