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Avoiding an explosive situation: fireworks in the workplace

by Kirton McConkie PC on

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY - Boom! The sky is filled with glimmering light in all colors of the rainbow, and the crowd “Oohs” and “Aahs.” It’s that time of year, when roadside fireworks stands start popping up on every street...more

Workplace Violence Occurring At Alarming Rate: Time For Employers To Be Proactive

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s a news headline we’ve seen too often, including several times in recent weeks: another disgruntled employee or former employee has entered the workplace and killed or injured coworkers. What can you do to minimize the...more

National Organization for Onboarding and Training of New Employees Industry Wide in the Oil and Gas Industry Provides Example for...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The National STEPS Network provides a working model of an industry wide employee onboarding and safety training program. We attended the World Safety Organization International Environmental and...more

Unauthorized supervisor decided to “solve the problem himself”, caused accident – OHSA charges against company dismissed

by Dentons on

An employer has beat occupational health and safety charges laid after its supervisor caused an explosion when he defied instructions and took it upon himself to use a torch to thaw ice that had accumulated in a culvert....more

Scrap Processor Sentenced on OSHA Criminal Violation Causing Death of Employee

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Companies cannot go to prison, but their executives and managers can when they violate the OSHA laws. And, companies can face stiff fines and other business-disrupting (or ending) collateral consequences...more

The Role of Our Cities in Upholding Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

by Howard Ankin on

American cities play an important role in helping to maintain the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. Fortunately, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that numerous cities and states around the...more

When is a Reward a Bribe? OSHA Policy Limits Workplace Safety Incentive Programs

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Years ago, my employer gave employees a coaster every quarter that the group had no OSHA reportable incidents. Now it would have been in violation to have such a program. Despite criticism from workers compensation carriers...more

Attention Philadelphia Contractors: Do You Comply with OSHA Training and Supervision Requirements?

The City of Philadelphia has issued new code requirements for construction worker safety training. The new rules went into effect on October 1, 2015, and the Department of Licenses and Inspections has announced that strict...more

New Training and Safety Requirements for Drill Rig Operators in Ontario

by Dentons on

The Ontario government has passed amendments under the Occupational Health and Safety Act which provide new technical and operational safety measures and procedures for rotary foundation drill rigs, and require that drill rig...more

Seriously, It's Time to Take Safety Seriously

by Baker Donelson on

The Federal government is engaging tough measures to ensure corporations take safety seriously. First, OSHA is in the process of implementing changes to its penalty calculation system, which includes increasing penalty...more

Misleading information about WHMIS training requirements

by Dentons on

Work Safe Alberta has recently revised a Bulletin regarding some aggressive, high pressure sales tactics being used by some WHMIS training providers. The Bulletin serves as a reminder to Alberta employers that while WHMIS...more

It’s the PITs! Employer Guide to Forklift Liability in the Workplace

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Take a look around you. There’s a good chance you work at a facility that uses a Powered Industrial Truck (PIT). OSHA defines a PIT as “any mobile power-propelled truck used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack or tier...more

Adopting a Safety Policy and Assembling a Safety Team

by Snell & Wilmer on

Large or small, every life science or medical technology company will eventually have to deal with a products liability claim or event. A lack of adequate planning for such an occurrence can result in damage to the brand,...more

April 1, 2015: New Working at Heights Training Requirements on Construction Projects

by Dentons on

Falls from heights are one of the leading causes of critical injuries and fatalities in Ontario workplaces according to the Ministry of Labour. As a result, beginning April 1, 2015, employers in Ontario must ensure that...more

Will Illinois create a hazardous materials training law?

by Howard Ankin on

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one in 30 workers in America reported a disabling work-related illness or injury in 2012. Many of these disabilities are caused by exposure to hazardous materials....more

Mere posting of standard operating procedure was not enough: OLRB refuses to suspend MOL inspector’s training order

by Dentons on

Employers often post new procedures in the workplace without providing formal training.  A recent decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board suggests that for some work procedures, posting is not enough; rather, training...more

New School Security and Safety Standards Encourage, but no Longer Mandate, ICS Courses for All Employees

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) within the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) recently released revised school security and safety plan standards that...more

Nursing Home and Healthcare Facilities Tasked With Keeping it Safe

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

On October 1, 2014 Maryland Senate Bill 483 (Chapter 513) went into effect. The Act requires that certain sized nursing homes and health care facilities assign to a committee the task of assessment of workplace safety issues...more

The Liability Risks of Temporary Employees

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

I understand from my conversations with manufacturing executives that many companies need to use staffing agencies in order to locate skilled workers. In most cases, companies will hire the temps that work out after a trial...more

How Not To Train Employees: Stage A Fake Armed Robbery

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Ever wonder how your employees would handle a life-threatening situation? Well, four supervisors of the West Kern Water District apparently did. And they didn’t just wonder; concerned about robberies in the area and following...more

Keep Calm and Investigate: Top 10 Tips for Documenting Accidents at Your Business

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

An effective and thorough investigation is the first line of defense in any premises liability case. When a guest reports an accident, it is important to gather as much information as possible. Employees move on and memories...more

Increased Crude Oil Rail Shipments Drive Boost in Funding for DOT HazMat Programs

By a vote of 29-1, on June 5, 2014, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed legislation (S. 2438) funding fiscal year (FY) 2015 activities for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT’s programs for crude oil and...more

Canada Day deadline: Less than One Month to Complete Safety Awareness Training

by Dentons on

Employers have less than one month to ensure that their workers and supervisors complete the mandatory “basic occupational health and safety awareness training” by July 1, 2014. This training is mandatory for all...more

Ontario Announces New JHSC Certification Training Standards, Refresher Requirements

by Dentons on

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced that new “JHSC Certification Training Standards” will come into effect in early 2015. In the meantime, the existing “Certification Standards for Joint Health and Safety...more

OSHA: Active Agency Agenda, Increased Enforcement Efforts And Legal Update

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the primary federal agency charged with responsibility for enforcing workplace health and safety regulations, has been very active under the Obama Administration. In...more

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