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

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“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”

“Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety”

Every October the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, our … Continue reading “Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety”

“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

“Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety”

Every October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the 2016 fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, … Continue reading “Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety”

“OSHA’s Wall Of Shame – With Limited Staff, Agency Targets “Severe Violators”

Source: FairWarning.org - By Paul Feldman and Stuart Silverstein Soon after beginning their cleanup of a fume-filled tanker car at an Omaha, Nebraska rail maintenance yard, Adrian LaPour and Dallas Foulk were dead. An explosion that April 2015 afternoon trapped LaPour in a flash fire inside the car and hurled Foulk out the top to his … Continue reading “OSHA’s Wall Of Shame – With Limited Staff, Agency Targets “Severe Violators”

“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

“Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety”

Every October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the 2016 fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, … Continue reading “Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety”

“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”

“Free Webinar – On Demand” – “What To Do When OSHA Comes Calling”

Many businesses view the issue of compliance as merely a nuisance, and the fines that result simply as the cost of doing business. Effective August 1, this “cost of doing business” will rise considerably thanks to a new regulation that includes a 78% penalty increase. Are you prepared for an OSHA inspection? This free webinar on-demand provides … Continue reading “Free Webinar – On Demand” – “What To Do When OSHA Comes Calling”

“OSHA Penalties To Be Adjusted For Inflation After August 1, 2016”

Maximum penalties for OSHA violations are set to increase for the first time since 1990 as part of overall federal penalty adjustments mandated by Congress last year. The increases were announced Thursday by the Department of Labor, which issued two interim rules covering penalty adjustments for several DOL agencies, including OSHA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration … Continue reading “OSHA Penalties To Be Adjusted For Inflation After August 1, 2016”

“OSHA’s Confidentiality Provisions May Not Preclude Consultant Depositions”

By:Daivy P. Dambreville, The Legal Intelligencer June 16, 2016 In an effort to comply with the regulations established by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers can request from the agency a voluntary inspection to determine whether they are in compliance. These voluntary inspections are often conducted on behalf of … Continue reading “OSHA’s Confidentiality Provisions May Not Preclude Consultant Depositions”

“Heat, Lightning Hazards are Focus of Federal Safety Campaigns”

With the arrival of summer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched initiatives to alert employers and workers to heat and lightning hazards and the steps to take to prevent injury or illness from them. The official hashtag of OSHA’s annual heat safety campaign is #WaterRestShade, which is designed to encourage employers to provide … Continue reading “Heat, Lightning Hazards are Focus of Federal Safety Campaigns”

“Roofing Contractor Sentenced To Prison For Lying To OSHA About Worker Death”

A Pennsylvania-based roofing contractor who lied to OSHA in the aftermath of an employee death was sentenced March 29 to 10 months in prison. James J. McCullagh, 60, pleaded guilty in December to four counts of making false statements, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of willfully violating an OSHA rule that … Continue reading “Roofing Contractor Sentenced To Prison For Lying To OSHA About Worker Death”

“Little OSHA Mistakes That Can Cost You Millions”

  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is commonly thought of as a red tape-laden, bureaucratic behemoth government organization that stunts job growth and reduces bottom-line profits. Yet the facts state otherwise. Take a look at the facts & stats below. Some will surprise you, others will shock you, but all point to a … Continue reading “Little OSHA Mistakes That Can Cost You Millions”