Twelve months ago, we were just beginning to hear about a new, deadly virus in China. A lot has changed in safety in 2020. Here’s a look back: Jan. 20: Maximum OSHA fines increase due to annual inflation adjustment. The top fine for a willful violation is now almost $135,000. March 4: Coronavirus outbreak causing […]
The National Safety Council (NSC) announced it’s virtual Safety Congress & Expo will be held March 1-5, 2021. Registration for the organization’s flagship event opened Dec. 3. Pandemic concerns led the NSC to announce in August that the event would be going virtual sometime in March 2021, but the actual dates hadn’t been revealed at […]
Imagine this: Upper management gives you a safety mandate. You realize their plan isn’t achievable. And they’re not receptive when you tell them. Now what? Bryce Griffler was sent to be the safety manager at one of his employer’s worst performing facilities. Within his first two weeks at the plant, a forklift ran into a support […]
While fatigue has been an ongoing safety problem, the coronavirus has made it even more problematic in critical industries remaining operational, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing tips on managing it during the pandemic. Emergency responders, healthcare workers and employees at other essential industries working through the pandemic are stretched thin, […]
How do you work together when everyone is farther apart? It’s the question employers are struggling with in the wake of the coronavirus. While the National Safety Council says 72% of its surveyed member companies are at least partially open, many more employees were forced to work at home or were furloughed. Sometime, they’ll return. […]
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths. More than 27,000 employees died in work-related motor vehicle crashes from 2003-2017, according to federal statistics. Where are drivers most at risk? Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) ranked all 50 states and Washington, DC, on passage of 16 highway/driving laws that have been […]
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.
When a temporary worker is injured, can he get workers’ comp from the agency and still sue the employer?
An undocumented immigrant admits she gave a fake Social Security number (SSN) on a form when she was injured at work. Will her workers’ comp benefits be withheld because of that?