Safety Violations

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Breaking: CPSC Obtains Record $15.45 Million Civil Penalty in Settlement Agreement with Gree

This morning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it has obtained a record-breaking $15.45 million civil penalty in a settlement agreement with Gree Electric Appliances of China, Hong Kong Gree...more

CPSC Maxes Out and Obtains Record $15.45 Million Civil Penalty

Good Friday was not so good for Gree Electric Appliances, Inc., because the CPSC announced that it had reached a record-setting $15.45 million settlement with the company regarding dehumidifiers it manufactured and imported....more

Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Advisory: DOJ Revs Up the Worker Endangerment Initiative

On March 15, Assistant Attorney General John Cruden provided new insight into the renewed emphasis on criminal prosecution of worker safety laws by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division...more

Goodbye Carrot, So Long Stick…Hello Club!

Most would agree that workplace safety is of the utmost importance. Accordingly, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (“OSH Act”) was enacted for the purpose of ensuring that employers provide their employees safe...more

General contractor, not present on job site, was still responsible for subcontractor’s safety: labour board

A general contractor on a residential project was responsible for the safety of its subcontractors even though it was not on site at the time of an incident. The general contractor objected to two compliance orders...more

Update from the ABA OSHA Conference — Cal-OSHA Developments

Expedited Hearings - A hot topic today is developments in the law of California OSHA (Cal-OSHA). Panel members are discussing the new and controversial rule on expedited proceedings under 8 CCR 373. Under the expedited...more

Departments of Justice and Labor Announce Initiative to Provide for Significantly Increased Criminal Penalties for Workplace...

On December 17, 2015, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced an expansion to the Worker Endangerment Initiative intended to increase the frequency and effectiveness of criminal...more

New ALJ Decision Emboldens OSHA to Demand More Corporate-Wide Abatement

Employers with multiple worksites beware – OSHA is now much more likely to demand so-called “enterprise-wide abatement” in Complaints filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (the “Review Commission”)....more

Beware: New Rigorous Safety Sweeps of NYC Construction Sites to Begin

On February 12, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced a new aggressive campaign to improve worker safety on construction sites. Specifically,...more

Oral Waiver Insufficient to Defeat Contractor’s Liability for Building Code Violation

The Massachusetts Appeals Court, in Downey, et al. v. Chutehall Construction Co., Ltd., 88 Mass. App. Ct. 795 (January 6, 2016), recently held that an oral waiver of compliance with the building code by a homeowner does not...more

A first for Alberta – Employer sentenced to corporate probation and community service for violating the Occupational Health and...

In a unique decision, an Alberta employer, Needoba Construction Ltd., which pleaded guilty to the general charge of failing to ensure, as far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, the health and safety of a worker, has...more

10 Most Common Workplace Injuries

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the number of work related fatalities has declined by more than 65 percent in the last few decades, and work related and illnesses have declined by an impressive...more

OSHA To Increase Maximum Civil Penalties in 2016

As employers look ahead to 2016, it will be important to consider the impact of Section 701 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314), which was signed into law by President Obama on November 2, 2015. This bill...more

Contractors can be Liable for Following Owners’ Directives

In Downey v. Chutehall Construction Co. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-001-16), the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled a contractor can be liable for violating building codes despite the fact that the party suing it directed the...more

OSHA and DOJ to Join Forces on Safety Violations/Penalties to Increase

Employers that violate safety-related laws are likely to face more aggressive enforcement and steeper penalties in the future under new legislation allowing the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) to increase...more

Going Rogue? OSHA Violation Defense Defused Where Supervisor and Subordinate Participate

If a supervisor engages in OSHA-violating conduct alongside a subordinate, is the company liable? The Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed an Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) decision answering that...more

New "Worker Endangerment Initiative" May Increase Criminal Prosecutions of Workplace Safety Violations

On December 17, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a plan to increase the frequency and effectiveness of criminal prosecutions of safety and environmental violations affecting...more

Director prosecution and conviction in New South Wales

The NSW work health and safety regulator has brought a successful prosecution against a company director resulting in a criminal conviction and fines against the director and the company. An order was also made requiring the...more

OSHRC Law Judge Orders Trial on Enterprise-Wide Hazard Abatement for Powered Industrial Trucks Standard

An Administrative Law Judge has held that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) “may have authority under the Occupational Safety and Health Act” to order abatement measures sought by the Occupational...more

Criminal negligence conviction for landlord who disregarded Fire Code violations, deceived fire inspector

An appeal court has upheld the conviction of a landlord for criminal negligence causing death after numerous Fire Code violations led to a tenant’s death.  The case demonstrates that violations of duties under provincial...more

New OSHA Penalty Maximums Take Effect by August 1, 2016

The recent federal budget compromise contains a potentially nasty surprise for some employers. The new law allows the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, among other federal agencies, to increase civil penalties...more

It’s Time to Review and Update Safety and Compliance Regimens – OSHA Penalties Set to Surge in 2016

For the first time since 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been authorized to increase its civil penalties. The provision was inserted into the expansive Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which...more

OSHA Vows Continued Enforcement As Work Fatalities Rise

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has sworn to continue the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (“OSHA) stepped up enforcement campaign in the construction and oil and gas industries after newly released data...more

OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations for FY 2015

On September 29, 2015, OSHA issued its preliminary list of the agency’s top 10 cited standards for fiscal year 2015. The list was presented at the National Safety Council’s 2015 Congress & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia by Patrick...more

The November Surprise: OSHA Raises Penalties 82% And No One Notices

Employers woke up to a surprise on November 3. That’s when we learned that the Federal Budget Agreement, which was quickly worked out behind closed doors and signed the day before, includes surprise provisions authorizing the...more

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