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Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert on Falls at Metal and Nonmetal Mines

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

After the deaths of 29 miners over the past decade from falls in metal and nonmetal mines, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert on reducing the risk of dangerous falls, reminding employers of...more

Seniors and Falls: A Growing, Preventable Problem

The No. 1 cause of injury to U.S. seniors are falls. They happen at unimaginable rates. A member of the elderly population receives treatment in an emergency room every 11 seconds because of a fall. Someone age 75 or older...more

National Push for Speed Limit Increase a Bad Idea

by Michigan Auto Law on

Lawmakers who are pushing for speed limit increases nationwide aren’t listening to the research about how dangerous this is — as the combination of speed and distracted driving means more deaths on the road....more

PHMSA Increases Pipeline Safety Requirements

by King & Spalding on

On January 23, 2017, the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) issued several revisions to its pipeline safety regulations, focusing in particular on reporting requirements for incident response....more

Keurig Settlement An Expensive Reminder About Product Defect Reporting Obligations

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced a $5.8 million agreement with Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. settling claims that Keurig failed to report a product defect that posed an unreasonable...more

OECD Publishes Report on Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled Alternative Testing Strategies in Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials: Current State of Knowledge and Research Needs to...more

On the Right Track: FRA Proposes High-Speed Train Rules

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

At the end of November, the Federal Railroad Administration proposed updates to the passenger train safety standards relating to the operation of high-speed trains. In the works for nearly a decade, the proposal amends...more

FAA Releases New Video for Safe Operation of Drones this Holiday Season

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a friendly holiday warning for those who chose to purchase a drone this year for the holidays: fly it safely. The FAA released a new video summarizing the rules and...more

OSHA delays enforcement of limitations on post-accident drug testing

by McAfee & Taft on

In previous articles, we discussed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new rule regarding the reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. One part of the rule requires employers to...more

DOT Invites Public Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for Modern Vehicles

by Morgan Lewis on

Public comments on the proposal are due by November 28; guidance will influence automotive cybersecurity practices. Increasingly “connected” automobiles bring convenience and other benefits to drivers and passengers, but...more

OSHA Proposes to Apply Its Lockout Standard to Expected Startups

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Lockout Standard (29 C.F.R. 1910.147) applies today only to “unexpected” startups of machinery. For example, the standard does not apply if alarms give employees such...more

New Use for Drones on Australian Beaches

In Western Australia’s South West beaches surveillance drones will hit the skies to increase swimmer safety by spotting sharks in the water. This project will take place over a three-month period (from November to January)...more

Safe Travel Series: Dos and Don'ts of Personal Safety

Basic security consciousness can help keep your travel safe and incident-free. There is no shortage of bad actors preying on travelers. The more time you spend abroad, the more likely you are to cross paths with them....more

The Totality of Circumstances Test Used to Determine Foreseeability of Criminal Act

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Unfortunately, criminal activity occurs at many retail and hospitality establishments. When a patron is attacked and suffers injury, the patron often looks to the establishment for compensation. The determination of whether...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Determinations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 21, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Draft Guidance for Industry: FDA’s Application of Statutory Factors in Determining When a REMS Is Necessary, which is intended to clarify how the FDA...more

Social Links: Yelp’s Communications Decency Act claim; Twitter loosens its character limit; building a Snapchat audience

The California Supreme Court agreed to hear Yelp’s case arguing that requiring the company to remove a one-star review of a law firm “creates a gaping hole” in the immunity that shields internet service providers from suits...more

September 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s selection of carriers to operate U.S.-Havana and U.S.-Tokyo (Haneda) air services, the FAA’s implementation of its small unmanned aircraft...more

NHTSA Releases Guidance on Enforcement of Safety-Related Defects in Automated Vehicle Technologies - Agency’s stance raises...

by King & Spalding on

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its final Enforcement Guidance Bulletin on Safety-Related Defects and Automated Safety Technologies. The Guidance makes clear that the agency’s...more

How Would Coach Nick Saban Handle an OSHA Inspection? Lessons for Employers from the Crimson Tide’s Championship Football Coach 

by Fisher Phillips on

How Would Coach Nick Saban Handle an OSHA Inspection? Lessons for Employers from the Crimson Tide’s Championship Football Coach September has arrived. That can only mean one thing: it’s time for college football!...more

MCLE Self Study Article: Property Rights to the Periphery of the Universe or Only to the Rooftop?: The Effects of Drones on...

Imagine a peaceful summer afternoon at home with your family. You’re inside preparing food for a barbeque while the rest of your family sunbathes and plays by the backyard pool. Suddenly, your teenage daughter runs into the...more

New PHMSA Rules on Safety Oil Spill Response Plans and Information Sharing Has Some Carriers Concerned

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Railroad Association this month proposed new regulations for trains that transport highly flammable...more

Riding the Initial “Pokémon Go” Phenomenon: Branding Basics

by Reed Smith on

Pokémon Go, released July 6, has unleashed a swarm of hopeful Pokémon trainers into the world, seeking to, as Pokémon famously says, “catch ‘em all.” And while Pokémon Go users are traversing cities, towns and hamlets to...more

How to Avoid Getting Popped: Top 10 Texas Firework Laws

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Sure, fireworks are fun, but it’s important to be cautious and careful. We covered firework laws in the 2008 and 2014, but a few things have changed. Below are Texas’ top 10 firework laws you need to be aware of before...more

Rocket's Red Glare: Burns & Other Injuries From Fireworks

by Lewitt Hackman on

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), about 230 people are rushed to an emergency room daily between June 20th and July 20th each year, because of serious fireworks injuries. More than half of these ER...more

Final Rule On Inspection Of Towing Vessels Published After 12 Years In The Making

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The recently published Subchapter M Final Rule establishes a comprehensive safety system and inspection program for towing vessels. Stakeholders involved in the operation or ownership of towing vessels should...more

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