Editor's Note: The following is an open letter to various district attorneys regarding the alleged negligence of Dollar General stores and its repeated and willful violations related to blocked exits. The letter was written by Edward Stern who served the U.S....More
June 18 should have been one of the happiest days of Regina Allen Elsea’s life. When the 20-year-old wasn’t wasn’t working as a temporary employee at a Cusseta, Ala., manufacturer that stamps metal parts for Hyundai and Kia vehicles, she was making final plans for her wedding and looking forward to a new life with her future husband.
On June 19, her family and fiancé were planning her funeral....More
A settlement agreement has been reached between Minnesota’s OSHA, Berwald Roofing and Mortenson Construction after an August 2015 fatality at the U.S. Bank Stadium construction project.
According to the agreement, both companies addressed the hazards found during the subsequent inspection and have paid the citation penalty amounts. Berwald Roofing paid $113,200 for three OSHA violations and Mortenson Construction paid $34,300 for one OSHA violation....More
(This Legal Alert from Fisher Phillips provides an overview of agency positions and predictions. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.)
President-elect Donald Trump has announced that he plans to nominate Andrew Puzder to be the next Secretary of Labor. This cbinet-level position heads the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), one of the federal agencies that has the widest and deepest impact on employers across the country....More
“Recent changes in OSHA rules and regulations will affect chemical companies and countless employers of all sizes,” veteran labor and employment attorney Joseph P. Paranac Jr. warned at the recent Metropolitan New York Coatings Association (MNYCA) Fall Technical Forum....More
OSHA has fined Alliance Laundry Systems after the company returned a hydraulic press to operation without machine safety guards, resulting in an amputation.
The amputation injury, which occurred on July 20 2016, was the second amputation injury at an the global laundry equipment manufacturer in less than two months....More
OSHA’s new drug testing and anti-retaliation rule, which alters the circumstances when drug testing can be conducted and reemphasizes the protections for employees to report injury and illnesses without fear of retaliation, is now in effect.
The final rule, which likely has led to more calls to our firm than any other change we’ve seen this year, contains three key provisions of which employers should be aware....More
OSHA’s has released its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction to help industry employers develop proactive programs to keep their workplaces safe.
"The recommendations outlined in this document will help contractors prevent injuries and illnesses on their construction sites and make their companies more profitable," said Dr. David Michaels, OSHA assistant secretary of labor, in a statement....More
U.S. District Court Judge Sam Lindsay of the Northern District of Texas Dallas Division has ruled against plaintiffs TEXO ABC/AGC Inc., Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., the National Association of Manufacturers, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Great American Insurance Co., Atlantic Precast Concrete Inc., Owen Steel Co....More
OSHA paid an unannounced visit to one of Hua Da Construction sites and it turned out to be more than a social call for a Philadelphia contractor.
The federal occupational safety and health agency on Nov. 9 issued citations for one alleged repeat and one alleged serious safety violation. Total proposed penalties are $72,511....More
OSHA recently reported three separate incidents involving improperly-secured trenches, highlighting the dangers workers face when excavating.
The first incident, which occurred in June 2016, resulted in a worker’s death.
The agency cited KRW Plumbing $274,359 after a 33-year-old employee was crushed to death as he was digging soil out of the 12-foot trench in Washington Township, Ohio when the trench walls around him collapsed - burying him in thousands of pounds of dirt. Rescue workers recovered his body a few hours later....More
Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited Dollar Tree Stores Inc., a Virginia-based employer recently cited by federal OSHA, after an inspection at its Aberdeen store found alleged serious, repeat safety hazards.
The company was cited for two willful safety violations, each with the maximum legal penalty of $70,000. Dollar Tree also received a $5,200 fine for a repeat-serious violation. The employer was previously cited for the same violations at its Chehalis, Wash., location....More
Since 2011, tree service industry workers have suffered a six-fold increase nationally in the number of amputations due to wood chippers. OSHA has received 19 severe injury reports since 2015 related to wood chippers with injuries including amputations and head trauma.
Recently, during his first day on the job, 23-year-old Countryside Tree Service employee Justus Booze was pulled into a wood chipper, killing him....More
Fifty-seven percent of the reported workplace amputations in 2015 occurred in the manufacturing industry, leading OSHA to launch an enforcement initiative in four U.S. states.
The agency announced a “heightened focus” on amputation hazards in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, with a goal to hold more employers responsible and enforce safety regulations....More
Dollar General store #13229 in Jonestown, Pa. is the latest location that demonstrates Dollar General’s six-year failure to take corrective actions to ensure employee and customer safety at its locations.
On Oct. 18, 2016, OSHA issued citations for one willful and two repeat safety violations after an inspection on April 18, 2016 initiated because of an employee complaint.
The agency cited a willful violation after inspectors found the discount retailer barricaded an emergency exit door in the back room with a metal bar....More
A staffing agency has the duty to inquire and verify that a host employer is compliant, and both may be held responsible for any violations, according to OSHA.
OSHA has announced a partnership with the American Staffing Association in order to educate temporary workers and staffing agencies about compliance and safe practices....More
OSHA’s new rule, which revises its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation, takes effect Jan. 1, 2017. It requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms.
However, provisions of the rule that prohibit employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury originally were scheduled to become effective on Aug. 10....More
A federal investigation has determined that an overstressed 40-ton beam fell during demolition of the Touhy Road overpass over I-90, causing the death of Vicente Santoyo, a 47-year-old Omega Demolition employee, an injuring three additional workers.
According to OSHA, Santoyo was standing in an aerial lift cutting steel bracing between two beams supporting the highway when one of the beams collapsed on him in April....More
Multiple investigations has led OSHA to cite Milark Industries Inc. $536,249.
The Mansfield, Ohio manufacturer of parts used by automobile, motorcycle and appliance brands failed to provide adequate machine safe guards which led to an amputation and other machine-related injuries. One of these injuries involved a 22-year-old temporary employee who suffered the partial amputation of two fingers on his left hand on his first day of work....More
Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA, presented the agency’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs to National Safety Congress attendees.
“We really need to take occupational health and safety into the 21st century,” he said.
The Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs document has not been updated since 1989. Many changes have spurred the need for a revision. The forward lists some of these changes:...More
Riding a bike. Touching hot stoves. Telling the truth on our income taxes. All of these things have one thing in common: They are teachable moments. And if you don't learn the lessons they offer, the result can be painful.
I am experiencing a teachable moment. Here at the National Safety Congress. And it's painful....More
Each month, EHS Today's print edition features a variety of personal protective equipment, literature, software and services geared to improve your workplace. January 2017's product spotlight was hand safety.
To view product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to move back and forth through the slideshow.
Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists study workplace issues of critical relevance to business, including talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance and work–life balance. What workplace needs are I-O psychologists predicting businesses will want to address in 2017?
Gym memberships, drinking more water, eating healthier. About 45 percent of Americans make New Year's Resolutions, and 38 percent of those are weight or fitness related, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Of those resolutions, fewer than half of those that make them, about 46 percent, keep them past six months.
While employers encourage participation in workplace wellness programs, especially in the new year, healthy meals start at home.
Although the availability of flame-resistant (FR) clothing has increased in the past ten years, the rate of non-fatal injuries due to arc flash and burns has remained steady.
More than 2,000 workers per year are admitted to the hospital due to burn injuries at a rate of about 5-10 per day, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K as well as the NFPA 70E safety requirements detail the safe work practices for preventing arc flash injuries, including selecting the proper personal protective equipment.
For links to additional information included in the “Top 10 Asked Safety Questions for 2016,” visit https://safety.grainger.com/your-top-10-safety-questions.
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