“U.S. Senators Ask: What’s Up at OSHA?” #WorkplaceSafety

By Paul Feldman on May 30, 2017 In the four months since President Trump took office, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued four news releases announcing penalties for job safety violations. By the end of May last year, it had issued 199. The recent reticence has spurred six U.S. senators, all Democrats, … Continue reading “U.S. Senators Ask: What’s Up at OSHA?” #WorkplaceSafety

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“Weekly Toll: Memorial Day Edition” – #WorkplaceFatalities

Owner killed in explosion PHILIPPI, WV — After further investigation of an explosion in Barbour County on Wednesday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that one of the two individuals killed was the owner of the gas company. An explosion at Midland Resource Recovery Inc., a gas company located on Barbour County Highway in … Continue reading “Weekly Toll: Memorial Day Edition” – #WorkplaceFatalities

Update! OSHA Tells Companies To Report Injuries, But There’s No Website For That Yet

Breaking Update 5-17-2017 - OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017, date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically. Updates will be posted to this webpage when they are available. … Continue reading Update! OSHA Tells Companies To Report Injuries, But There’s No Website For That Yet

Employer In Fatal Boston Trench Collapse Did Not Provide Safety Training & Basic Safeguards For Employees, OSHA Finds

Atlantic Drain Service Co. Inc. cited for 18 violations BOSTON – Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks died on Oct. 21, 2016, in Boston, when the approximately 12-foot deep trench in which they were working collapsed, breaking an adjacent fire hydrant supply line and filling the trench with water in a matter of seconds. An investigation … Continue reading Employer In Fatal Boston Trench Collapse Did Not Provide Safety Training & Basic Safeguards For Employees, OSHA Finds

Donnie’s Accident – “I Was Too Good To Need My Safety Gear”

On August 12, 2004, I was connecting large electrical generator in preparation for Hurricane Charlie. The meter I was using failed and blew carbon into the gear and created an electrical arc which resulted in an arc blast. The electrical equipment shown in the video is the actual equipment after the explosion when my co-workers … Continue reading Donnie’s Accident – “I Was Too Good To Need My Safety Gear”

“The OSHA Information Void: Former Official Steps Up”

Why is the former second in command at OSHA publishing news about serious OSHA enforcement cases? Keep reading to learn more. Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA from 2009 to 2017, has rekindled Confined Space, A Newsletter of Workplace Safety and Labor Issues, which he started in the early 2000s. In an … Continue reading “The OSHA Information Void: Former Official Steps Up”

“CSB Releases New Safety Video Detailing Investigation into 2013 Fatal Fire and Explosion at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, LA”

January 25, 2017, Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a safety video of its investigation of the June 13, 2013 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, Louisiana, which killed two workers and injured an additional 167.  The deadly explosion and fire occurred when a heat exchanger containing … Continue reading “CSB Releases New Safety Video Detailing Investigation into 2013 Fatal Fire and Explosion at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, LA”

“OSHA 300 Logs: Four Common Mistakes Employers Make”

by Eric Conn  | Conn Maciel Carey LLP This is your annual reminder about the important annual February 1st deadline to prepare, certify and post your OSHA 300A Annual Summary of workplace injuries and illnesses, for all U.S. employers, except those with ten or fewer employees or those whose NAICS code is for the set of low hazard … Continue reading “OSHA 300 Logs: Four Common Mistakes Employers Make”

“What Should You Do When OSHA Shows Up At Your Door” #OSHA #Inspection

1/27/2017 by Krista Sterken  | Foley & Lardner LLP You arrive at work bright and early, only to find that someone beat you there — OSHA is waiting to perform an inspection. Now what? Many employers think they have little say in what happens next. Actually, employers have many choices to make, starting as soon as OSHA arrives. The … Continue reading “What Should You Do When OSHA Shows Up At Your Door” #OSHA #Inspection

“The Complexities Of Medical Marijuana In The Workplace” #Safety #RX

by Laurie Weinstein  | Akerman LLP - HR Defense With the growing list of states legalizing marijuana, are workplace drug policies up in smoke? As the new year begins, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota join the growing list of states that have legalized medical marijuana. Currently, 28 states* and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana use for certain medicinal … Continue reading “The Complexities Of Medical Marijuana In The Workplace” #Safety #RX

“OSHA Enforcement Case Database By State” #OSHA #Violations #Data

Enforcement Cases with Initial Penalties Above $40,000 (Includes citations issued starting January 1, 2015. Cases are updated weekly. There is a posting delay to ensure the parties have been notified.) Click on link to view States Map and Violations by State : https://www.osha.gov/topcases/bystate.html All States in Table Format NOTE: OSHA is currently migrating its legacy system. … Continue reading “OSHA Enforcement Case Database By State” #OSHA #Violations #Data

“Donnie’s Accident” – “I Was Too Good To Need My Safety Gear”

On August 12, 2004, I was connecting large electrical generator in preparation for Hurricane Charlie. The meter I was using failed and blew carbon into the gear and created an electrical arc which resulted in an arc blast. The electrical equipment shown in the video is the actual equipment after the explosion when my co-workers … Continue reading “Donnie’s Accident” – “I Was Too Good To Need My Safety Gear”

“Infographic: “Is It Recordable?”

Is It Recordable? by Safety.BLR.com

“OSHA – DOL News Release” – “Worker Falls 22 Feet to Death, 4 Months After OSHA Cites Employer for Failing to Protect Workers on the Same Job Site”

Louisville employer faces $320K in fines for serial disregard of fall protection ADDISON, Ill. ‒ Four months after federal safety investigators cited his employer for failing to provide workers with fall protection at a United Parcel Service facility in Addison, a 42-year-old employee of Material Handling Systems/MHS Technical Services, fell 22 feet to his death … Continue reading “OSHA – DOL News Release” – “Worker Falls 22 Feet to Death, 4 Months After OSHA Cites Employer for Failing to Protect Workers on the Same Job Site”

“OSHA Says “Negative” To Post-Accident Testing”

By John Hyman Buried in OSHA’s impending final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses is this little nugget. OSHA believes that you violate the law if you require an employee to take a post-accident drug test. Let me repeat. According to OSHA, you violate the law if you automatically drug test any employee … Continue reading “OSHA Says “Negative” To Post-Accident Testing”