When is an OSHA fine categorized as willful rather than serious? The question arose in the recent appeal of a construction case involving trenching.
Imagine this: You’re working in an unprotected trench when, not only does it collapse but a nearby fire hydrant instantly floods the excavation with water. Two men met their deaths in Boston that way, and now their employer faces a seven-figure fine.
Questions have arisen about whether the Trump administration has weakened the OSHA electronic injury reporting rule because there appear to be few (if any) penalties tied to not reporting. That’s changed.
Recent statistics show OSHA continues to focus its inspections on specific problems, rather than conduct them randomly.
Pointing to an alleged pattern of violations, OSHA is seeking a court order to require a Norridge, IL, company to provide a monthly report of its work locations so they can be monitored.
The construction industry will remain a primary focus for OSHA inspectors for the foreseeable future, judging from information contained in the agency’s fiscal year 2019 annual performance report. OSHA intends to focus its efforts within the industry toward falls – the leading cause of death in construction – and trenching hazards. The report, which is […]
Sure, OSHA has been more “business-friendly” in the last eight years. But it hasn’t been a paper tiger. New statistics on the agency’s citations and penalties for fiscal year 2008 show just the opposite. And with a new administration in January, OSHA is set to issue even more fines.
First Samuel Morgan was partially buried in the collapse of a seven-foot deep trench. Then he was mangled by construction equipment in a botched rescue attempt. Now his employer faces $560,000 in safety fines.
U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis had two messages for attendees at the American Society of Safety Engineers’ annual conference: We’re here to help companies provide safe workplaces, but we’ll also crack down on those who don’t.
A California construction company will pay a hefty Cal/OSHA fine and still faces possible criminal charges in connection with the death of a worker in an excavation collapse.
You’d think after an employee died in a trench collapse a company would follow good practices during excavation projects. That wasn’t the case with this company.
Which companies will receive OSHA inspections in Fiscal Year 2020 (which began Oct. 1, 2019)?
A whistleblower complaint led OSHA to investigate a construction site. The agency found enough violations to levy a six-figure fine.
An attorney for a general contractor says it’ll fight a judge’s sentence in connection with the company’s involvement in a worker’s death.
The death of a construction worker in California provides lessons about trenching and forklift use.
A worker in New Richmond, WI, was killed in a trenching accident, but not because of a cave-in.
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