While industry waits to see if OSHA will carry out its proposal to post companies’ injury records online, a nonprofit has unveiled its new website that points the finger at the biggest environmental/safety/health violators in the U.S. since 2010.
Tampa Electric pleaded guilty to OSHA violations in the June 2017 Big Bend Power Station explosion that killed five workers. The company submitted a plea agreement in federal court stating it was guilty of violating OSHA standards that resulted in the fatal incident. OSHA fined Tampa Electric $500,000 for the violations and the plea agreement […]
An Ohio contractor entered into a settlement agreement with OSHA after an investigation into a worker’s June 2020 fatal fall that saw three others injured. The agreement has Industrial Insulation and Coatings accepting an OSHA citation for a willful violation of the construction industry fall protection standard and paying an $84,201 fine. Under the June […]
An injured worker turns out to be an illegal immigrant. His injuries prohibit him from doing the type of physical labor he previously did. He could do sedentary work, but he doesn’t have the skills. Does he get permanent total disability (PTD) benefits under workers’ comp?
OK safety pros, here’s a one-question quiz: What’s the best way to keep workers’ comp costs down?
Conventional wisdom held that giving injured employees lump-sum payments in workers’ comp cases discouraged them from returning to work. A new study tested that theory.
Criminal prosecution of companies where safety violations cause serious injuries or fatalities are rare in the U.S. With that in mind, it’s interesting to note how such cases are handled in another democracy.
JBS Foods reached a settlement agreement with OSHA to develop and use infectious disease preparedness plans at seven of its meat processing plants. This stems from two COVID-19 outbreaks at two plants in 2020. The agreement involves the company assembling a team of company and third-party experts to create the plan and put it into […]
Should the federal government use a plea agreement reached in connection with a Colorado worker’s death as a template for similar cases involving fatalities?
Two factors are reducing the number of OSHA inspections conducted in the last couple of years, according to a new report.
More than 40,000 workers die each year from exposure to toxic chemicals at work — 10 times the number that die from safety incidents such as falls, fires and explosions. So why isn’t OSHA doing more to curb these health threats?
Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration want to increase OSHA fines as a deterrent so companies don’t skimp on safety. Republicans, who will control the U.S. House in January, say it’s big government trying to get bigger. Should the U.S. look north for a compromise?
A New Jersey aluminum products manufacturer entered into a settlement agreement with OSHA Jan. 4, affirming a $1 million fine and accepting 15 repeat and 55 serious violations stemming from a series of injuries at its Delair, NJ, plant. Aluminum Shapes LLC also agreed to implement enhanced abatement measures to address the violations. Those measures […]
A report from a U.S. Senator’s office says OSHA is unable to hold corporate executives personally accountable for safety disasters because of a lack of legal tools at the government’s disposal. The report encourages changes to hold company executives more accountable.
A new report shows OSHA gives, on average, 36% reductions in fines in cases involving worker deaths. The organization that wrote the report recommends OSHA stop giving such large penalty reductions in settlements.
What happens when the widow of an employee killed at work is allowed to sue the employer over and above workers’ comp benefits? Once a judge allows a lawsuit to go forward, an expensive settlement, such as this one, is often the result.
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