The good news: An estimated 553,000 workers’ lives have been saved since the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The bad news …
When OSHA uses its General Duty Clause (GDC) to issue a fine, one of the things it must show is that there is a feasible way to eliminate or significantly reduce the hazard. That issue comes up in this case involving forklifts and unloading materials.
An employee claims his employer retaliated against him for collecting workers’ comp benefits. What did a court think about his claim?
A federal investigation into the fatal fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer plant in Texas points to shortcomings in existing regulations, standards and guidance. Does this case show there is a real need for more safety regulation?
Imagine this: A company just recently ended a policy from 1847 that allowed its workers to drink as much beer on the job as they liked. The workers are upset, and they went on strike.
An employee says he cut his knuckle while working in a Wal-Mart warehouse and was exposed to flesh-eating bacteria. Now he’s suing the retail giant.
An employee with a criminal record shot another worker to death. Can the dead worker’s mother sue the company for wrongful death, or is her lawsuit barred by the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation?
Previously, we told you Publix Super Markets faced $182,000 in OSHA fines following the amputation of an employee’s hand. Now, the worker is suing the supermarket chain. What are her chances of having her lawsuit go forward?
The FBI recently stated in a report, “We now live in the age of public shootings.” Here’s the training program Best Buy developed to defend against this growing safety threat.
The maker of some well-known snack foods has reached a region-wide settlement agreement with OSHA which includes paying a fine and upgrading its safety program at eight facilities.
Here’s a real-life story about the importance of alternate escape routes in case of fire or another emergency. It involves the recent explosion at the Slim Jim (ConAgra) plant in North Carolina.
A court considers whether “thrill seeking” on the job prohibits an injured employee from receiving workers’ comp benefits.
The new maximum amounts for OSHA fines will be:
Besides injuries and employee complaints, another reason why OSHA may choose to inspect a company is a referral from another government agency.
A judge has sentenced a man to 65 years in prison for the attempted murder of three of his former co-workers at a Brooklyn, NY, seafood warehouse.
An OSHA fact sheet says mold “can grow on almost any material.” Apparently, that includes lottery tickets. Two employees have filed for workers’ comp benefits over the moldy scratch-offs.
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