Ingredients for disaster: flammable materials, confined space, no emergency responders on site.
A serious OSHA violation can earn a fine of up to $12,675. When the number of citations OSHA issues to a single company reaches well into double digits, the employer can expect a huge fine.
If you watched TV news on Sept. 13, you probably saw video of a group of citizens rescuing a motorcyclist who was trapped under a car while both vehicles burned. TV news anchors gushed about the heroism of the rescuers. Does this send the wrong message to would-be untrained rescuers?
A construction worker was half buried in concrete but survived thanks to a 90-minute rescue conducted by first responders.
In an expanded report on the causes of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, new details show failure of BP workers to speak up about a problem played a crucial part leading up to rig’s explosion.
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.
OSHA is investigating an incident in a Pennsylvania supermarket in which 11 people were sickened by carbon monoxide produced by workers renovating the store.
Authorities in California have arrested a business owner in connection with the death of a worker in a trench in January 2012.
A nonprofit animal sanctuary in Tumalo, OR, agreed to pay $12,520 in fines to Oregon OSHA, in connection with incidents in which employees suffered serious injuries while working with chimpanzees. But the state isn’t done looking into the sanctuary.
How do you choose people on your staff to be first responders? A safety manager for an Illinois company found a way to make sure employees were up for the job.
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.
When Cal/OSHA inspectors found an 11-foot unshored excavation at a construction site, the agency issued a stop-work order the same day. Three weeks later, work restarted despite failure to correct the hazards. Now two companies face large fines.
OSHA fined this company $193,200 after investigating the death of a worker.
A Michigan company faces $137,750 in fines from the state’s workplace safety agency (MIOSHA) following a recent inspection. The hefty fines also follow recent federal criticism of MIOSHA’s lower than average penalties.
Cal/OSHA has issued 16 citations totaling $166,890 to a recycling company in connection with the deaths of two brothers in a storm drain system.
OSHA says employers have a responsibility to immediately call 911 when a worker is injured on the job. If they don’t, they can expect a substantial fine.
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