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.
California requires people using a cell phone while driving to use a hands-free device. Now, the state’s governor has had to tell his wife that the law applies to her, too.
“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.
When faced with ethical questions in the expanding scope of work, where should safety professionals draw the line?
Unintentional, preventable injuries (aka accidental injuries) are now the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., according to the National Safety Council.
OSHA has issued $963,000 in fines to a cleaning services company in connection with the deaths of two of its employees inside a railcar in April.
About a month from now, a 14th state will allow employees to store legally owned firearms in their locked, privately owned vehicles while at work.
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?
Are some states becoming refuges for registering out-of-service commercial vehicle carriers?
You can’t blame any company for being proud of its safety program — perhaps so proud that it wants to put photos about its safety program on its company website. But, as a safety pro, would you allow those photos to be altered? And what if the company we’re talking about is BP?
Two young women, both found guilty of causing fatal car crashes while using a cell phone behind the wheel, got different sentences for their crimes. Which one do you think was the more appropriate sentence?
Scenario: A company requires employees to sign an agreement to not use cell phones while driving for business. Despite that, the company dispatcher regularly calls drivers on their cell phones. What’s the company’s liability if there’s a crash?
Imagine this: A worker is seriously burned, but the company doesn’t call for emergency help and waits a half hour to take the injured person to a medical facility. The worker died of his injuries just weeks later.
Conveyor belts and tracks too often prove to be the source of serious employee injuries. Those injuries attract OSHA’s attention and wind up as fines.
Three employees suffered serious injuries in an explosion in Pasadena, CA, that ripped apart a delivery truck fueled by compressed natural gas.
Firing an injured worker is often a sticky situation. Is the employee being fired for disregarding a safety rule or in retaliation for the injury? In this case, the employer showed the firing wasn’t retaliatory, according to a federal court.
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