Georgia company fighting nearly $50K in fines from worker’s death

A Gainesville, Georgia company’s attorney said Monday it plans to fight nearly $50,000 in fines stemming from a September fatal construction incident in Sugar Hill. According to county officials, firefighters entered a manhole 25 feet below ground to rescue two unresponsive workers. Fed-OSHA has issued four violations deemed serious regarding training and other aspects of […]

Carwash industry: Fed-OSHA often makes unscheduled inspections, so how do you react?

In most cases, Fed-OSHA inspections are unscheduled. The first thing to do when an inspector arrives unannounced is confirm their credentials. Be sure to copy his or her badge and call the local Fed-OSHA office to confirm. You even have the right to request that the compliance officer obtain an inspection warrant in order to […]

Builders urge DC Circuit not to expand Fed-OSHA silica rule

Expanding Fed-OSHA’s revamped silica exposure rule to require that workers be removed from the job — with pay — under certain circumstances is unnecessary to protect employees and economically infeasible for employers, four business trade groups told the D.C. Circuit on Friday. Law360 [may require registration]

Tree trimmer death blamed on employer, says widow, Fed-OSHA

The widow of a Thonotosassa, Florida man who died after falling while trying to trim a palm tree is blaming the landscape company for failing to provide adequate instruction and safety equipment. Fed-OSHA fined Totalscape Solutions $6,300 in for two violations of federal safety rules, one of them labeled serious. SaintPetersBlog

Introduction: Violence toward staff in health care settings

Rape, assault, and murder of health care staff are reportable sentinel events.1 In January 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence, noting that “Health care and social service workers face an increased risk of work-related assaults resulting primarily from violent behavior of their patients, clients, and/or residents.” […]

One of our employees died at work – am I going to jail?

Most know that lawsuits against an employer based on an employee’s workplace injury are barred by the applicable State’s Worker’s Compensation Act. However, did you know that in some circumstances, an employer may be criminally liable for a workplace fatality? It’s true. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), when the cause of […]