An Illinois roofing contractor has been cited by OSHA 19 times for fall hazards since 2006. An OSHA official said the contractor has shown “utter indifference” to the law.
Slips, Trips And Falls
Imagine this: A baby vomits just inside the entrance to a Target store. Seven minutes later it’s not cleaned up and a customer slips and falls, sustaining injuries. A slip-and-fall lawsuit follows. Will the store be able to get the lawsuit thrown out? Surveillance video is key.
An employee twisted her ankle at work, fell and fractured a bone. It’s the sort of injury she could have suffered at home. Does the injury qualify for workers’ comp benefits?
A building contractor is out $385,000 for serious fall hazards at worksites in Pennsylvania and Delaware. An OSHA official called the company a “serial violator.”
This company has been cited seven times before for fall-related hazards. Now OSHA has issued a hefty penalty to the firm in connection with an employee’s fatal fall in May.
Slips, trips and falls are routinely one of the top causes of injuries in workplaces. They also subtract from a company’s bottom line due to medical and workers’ comp insurance, lost productivity and retraining costs.
The current regulatory approach toward safety and health in the workplace needs improvement, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
Saying it “demonstrated indifference towards the safety of their employees,” OSHA has issued $1,523,710 in fines to a Florida construction company.
The injuries employees received in this structure collapse could have been much worse. The only thing that prevented worse injuries from their 20-foot falls?
Virginia’s OSHA is investigating the death of a 14-year-old boy killed in an accident involving a commercial wood chipper.
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.
“This young man was fresh out of high school with a lifetime ahead of him,” said Mark Hysell, OSHA’s area director in Eau Claire, WI. This tragedy means a six-figure fine and placement in an OSHA special-focus program for the company that employed the teen.
OSHA visited this company because a worker had two fingers amputated while working on shearing machines. While the inspector was there, company officials said a second worker suffered an identical injury just days after the first one.
This tragic story provides an important reminder to workers about confined spaces: If they don’t have the proper equipment and training to perform a rescue, they’re risking their own lives by going in to help a co-worker.
Imagine this: You’re being treated in a hospital emergency room. The medical professional attending to you tries to make ER small talk by asking, “How’d this happen?” And you answer …
A new survey from the National Safety Council (NSC) reveals many U.S. workers think their companies prioritize productivity before safety. Workers in high-risk industries were more likely to say safety takes a backseat to production.
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