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New report: Less OSHA enforcement than two years ago
Two factors are reducing the number of OSHA inspections conducted in the last couple of years, according to a new report.  A data brief from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) says under the Trump administration, OSHA enforcement activity has declined from 2016 to 2018. The first reason for fewer inspections is easy to explain: […] [MORE]
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:00:14 +0000

Should OSHA regulate the NFL?
The serious ramifications of NFL players suffering concussions have received more and more attention. Now a professor of environmental health sciences is suggesting that OSHA “step up” to the challenge of making the sport safer for players.  A recent article in The Arizona Law Review, The NFL as a Workplace: The Prospect of Applying Occupational […] [MORE]
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:02:42 +0000

OSHA case study: How some companies still flout safety to gain economic advantage
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re part of an effort to ensure employee safety, and the company you work for supports that. But, in a case recounted by an OSHA official at ASSP’s annual conference, there are still some companies out there that flagrantly disregard safety.  Jose Gonzalez, assistant area director for OSHA in […] [MORE]
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:00:40 +0000

National Safety Stand-Down: What are the safest companies doing to succeed?
The spotlight at companies across the U.S. shines brightly on employee safety. While companies take a look at their own safety programs, it often pays to know what others are doing right. Companies are using the National Safety Stand-Down this week (May 7-11) to rightly look in the rear-view mirror to judge their safety programs? […] [MORE]
Fri, 04 May 2018 10:00:15 +0000

Did company know about hazard? OSHA fine hangs in the balance
A piece of concrete block fell down an elevator shaft from the 14th floor of a building to the basement, striking an elevator mechanic on the head. Is a masonry company at fault, and will an OSHA fine stick?  The elevator mechanic suffered fractured vertebrae and other serious injuries. It could have been worse: He […] [MORE]
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:01:40 +0000

OSHA injury summaries must be posted starting Feb. 1
Your OSHA injury recordkeeping requirements include not only reporting to the government, but posting a summary for employees to see, too.  If you’re an employer required to complete Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, you must post that in your workplace Feb. 1 through April 30. The summary is for the previous calendar […] [MORE]
Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:00:52 +0000

Trump administration allows automatic 2018 OSHA fine increase to go into effect
The Trump administration has OK’d the annual automatic increase in OSHA fines. How  much will they go up?  A willful OSHA violation can cost up to $129,336 starting Jan. 3, 2018. That’s an inflationary increase of just over 2.04% from the previous $126,749 max. In August 2016, OSHA fines increased 78 percent. That was the […] [MORE]
Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:44:52 +0000

OSHA silica rule upheld by federal court
An industry challenge to OSHA’s newly updated silica rule has failed.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected all of the challenges from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other industry groups. The court also ordered OSHA to reconsider certain medical provisions of the rule that were challenged by […] [MORE]
Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:49:02 +0000

3 dead, 2 injured in car dealership fire; $152K in OSHA fines
A flash fire claimed the lives of three workers at a car dealership. OSHA says failure to implement a hazard communication program resulted in the loss of lives.  OSHA cited Carl Cannon Inc. for safety violations after three employees died and two were injured at its Jasper, AL, facility. Fines associated with the violations total […] [MORE]
Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:55 +0000

Update: OSHA electronic injury reporting deadline extended to Dec. 31
OSHA has given companies a two-week grace period to submit electronically injury and illness reports.   OSHA has extended the deadline for employers to electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to Dec. 31, 2017. The deadline had been Dec. 15. OSHA will continue to accept Form 300A through the ITA […] [MORE]
Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:15:55 +0000

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