MIOSHA report: Psychiatric hospital employees faced workplace violence

Employees at the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital were exposed to “workplace violence in the form of bites, fractured bones, lacerations, contusions, concussions and strangulation to the point of unconsciousness,” a report by Michigan OSHA has concluded. During investigation of complaints by a hospital employee last year, MIOSHA found that working under the hospital’s processes for dealing […]

Fed-OSHA fines Pennsylvania construction company

A construction company in Lancaster County was cited twice this week and fined $61,600 by Fed-OSHA. According to the first citation, Rockvale Construction failed to properly attach a forklift platform to the forks of a forklift. In the second citation, employees were exposed to fall hazards while working on the forklift platform and a roof. […]

Fed-OSHA’s final rule may prohibit safety incentive programs

In October 2015, Fed-OSHA announced that it will soon issue a final rule concerning safety incentive programs that reward employees for low accident levels. OSHA currently does not have rules that cover safety incentive programs. However, the agency has long targeted those programs out of concerns that they discourage employees from reporting workplace accidents or […]

Fed-OSHA safety program targets local poultry plants, workers

Thirty years ago the poultry industry had a well-earned reputation for poor worker safety, and though the trend lines have changed significantly in the last two decades, federal regulators want to do more to reduce injury and illness on the job. Fed-OSHA’s new Regional Emphasis Program aims to improve worker safety through outreach, education and […]

Worker injury in the ‘internet workplace’

Billions of people use the Internet for work-related purposes. According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, the fastest growing demographic for Internet workers is people aged 45 to 54. This is the same age group that is most likely to engage in workplace injury litigation. Internet use in the workplace results […]

Surviving the OSHA inspection

It is always a difficult and stressful time when a workplace accident causes death or serious injury or illness to an employee. Employers faced with such a situation are understandably focused on calming anxious co-workers and providing information to distraught family members. Nonetheless, employers should also be prepared for a visit from Fed-OSHA. New Jersey […]