The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ordered two companies operating a behavioral health facility to pay OSHA $30,515 in attorney’s fees after failing to comply with a subpoena for documents. UHS of Fuller Inc. and UHS of Delaware Inc. failed to provide documents and evidence requested by OSHA as part of 2019 […]
A new survey by FindLaw.com says 21% of U.S. workers have missed time at work because of an injury suffered on the job. The survey also breaks out the most common types of injuries and who is more likely to suffer a serious injury at work.
The current regulatory approach toward safety and health in the workplace needs improvement, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
The head of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs recently laid out three areas which the agency is currently focusing on. At first glance, they may not seem to have much in common, but they share one detail regarding OSHA enforcement.
A new AFL-CIO report dug through worker fatality data and found some trends in U.S. workplace safety. The organization estimates that 150 workers die every day from hazardous working conditions.
An attempted armed robbery at a New Jersey convenience store led to a fatal shooting – and a $14,000 fine for the convenience store under OSHA’s General Duty Clause.
A bill introduced in the California Assembly seeks to prevent violent acts against healthcare workers.
They may call them “smart phones,” but sometimes the users end up being dummies.
Cal/OSHA is in the process of revising its workplace violence regulations – which are currently only applicable to health care – to apply to general industry. Non-healthcare industries have traditionally fallen under the state’s version of OSHA’s General Duty Clause when it comes to regulating workplace violence, but a May 17 draft revision of the healthcare […]
A new study takes a look at precursors to workplace violence and suggests employees can be educated to spot warning signs.
The Newtown, CT, school shootings have raised the question: Can employees get workers’ comp coverage for post traumatic stress disorder suffered because of a violent event? Recently, an Ohio court dealt with a similar case.
A maintenance worker slipped and fell on a wet sidewalk. He suffered a fractured pelvis and several other injuries, and after three surgeries, he still had a lot of physical pain. He also suffered from depression and loss of sleep. Can he get additional workers’ comp benefits for psychiatric injuries?
What to do to prevent confrontations
Most companies have all the work-related hazards they need, thank you. They see no need to introduce additional hazards not normally associated with whatever work is involved. But one company’s unusual gimmick has set the stage for what promises to be an interesting workers’ comp decision.
In 2013, social worker Stephanie Ross conducted a risk assessment for a client with a history of violence. During the meeting, the client stabbed Ross to death. OSHA fined her employer, which contested the citations. A court just decided those fines were justified.
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