“The Government Is Paying Billions To Shipbuilders With Histories Of Continual Safety Violations”

The U.S. shipbuilding industry continues to win billions of dollars in contracts to build Navy and Coast Guard vessels, despite serious safety lapses that have endangered and killed workers. From Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting, special correspondent Aubrey Aden-Buie reports. By Jennifer Gollan  A Mississippi shipbuilder continues to reap lucrative federal contracts despite objections … Continue reading “The Government Is Paying Billions To Shipbuilders With Histories Of Continual Safety Violations”

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“Time To Act: Save 2018 FY Worker Training Grants, Health & Safety Research” #WorkplaceSafety

By Jordan Barab If you haven’t yet done so, it’s time to do so. And if you have done so, do it again: Contact your legislators about passing a budget that will protect workers.  The House Appropriations Sub-Committee that deals with OSHA, MSHA and NIOSH is scheduled to mark up the FY 2018 Appropriations Bill on Thursday, July … Continue reading “Time To Act: Save 2018 FY Worker Training Grants, Health & Safety Research” #WorkplaceSafety

“OSHA Recordable Injuries- To Record Or Not To Record – Here Are Some Answers”

Safety Records: Recording Work-Related Illness and Injury Each employer is required by OSHA to keep records of fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. Specifically, they must record each fatality, injury and illness that is work-related is a new case, and meets one or more of the general recording criteria noted in Section 1904.7 (or the application to … Continue reading “OSHA Recordable Injuries- To Record Or Not To Record – Here Are Some Answers”

“Inconsistent Enforcement of New OSHA Fall Rule Feared” #FallProtection

By Tripp Baltz Employers fear inconsistent enforcement of an OSHA rule allowing some work to be done without ordinarily required fall protection because key terms are not defined. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s updated fall protection rule, which went into effect Jan. 17, allows certain activities to be done without fall protection systems as long … Continue reading “Inconsistent Enforcement of New OSHA Fall Rule Feared” #FallProtection

“OSHA and Ergonomics: The Past, Present, And Future”

Ergonomics is the study of work. From an OSHA perspective, it is the process of designing the job to fit the employee, rather than forcing the employee’s body to fit the job. This process may include modifying tasks, the work environment, and equipment to meet the specific needs of an employee to alleviate physical stress … Continue reading “OSHA and Ergonomics: The Past, Present, And Future”

“Is That My Employee? Multi-Employer, Joint-Employer, Independent Contractors and Temp Workers” @OSHA_Guy

Employers must beware as the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) cracks down on what it perceives as rampant misclassifying employees as contractors and shirking other responsibilities, such as safety training, because a worker is supplied by another employer.  With more and more unique employment relationships and multi-employer worksites, it is crucial to understand the complexities … Continue reading “Is That My Employee? Multi-Employer, Joint-Employer, Independent Contractors and Temp Workers” @OSHA_Guy

“3 Steps to Prevent Falls in Construction”

We know falls in the workplace are preventable and yet falls remain the leading cause of death in construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 300,000 workers in the United States sustained nonfatal injuries from slips, trips, and falls in 2015. Fatalities caused by falls from heights in construction accounted for … Continue reading “3 Steps to Prevent Falls in Construction”

“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

“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