Safety Violations

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Saskatchewan Introduces Ticketing System for Certain Workplace Safety Violations

As of July 1, 2014, Saskatchewan employers who violate certain occupational health and safety laws may be issued a Summary Offence Ticket, which carry fines ranging from $250 to $1,000, depending on the offence (plus victim...more

Worker, Caught By MOL Inspector, Given Significant Fine For Safety Violation

An Ontario construction worker has been fined $1,500.00 after jumping from a hoist tower to a nearby roof. Unfortunately for the worker, a Ministry of Labour inspector saw him do it. ...more

Supervisor Jailed 45 Days For Occupational Health And Safety Act Violation

An Ontario supervisor has been jailed for 45 days after a worker fell off a roof and suffered permanent paralysis. Are courts growing increasingly comfortable jailing supervisors for serious safety violations?...more

India’s Aviation Safety Rating Downgrade Could Have Cascading Effects

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded India’s aviation safety rating to Category 2 under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program – a program designed to...more

Company Owner Sentenced 10-20 Years for Workplace Safety Violations

In November, a New Hampshire court sentenced the owner of a gunpowder manufacturing company to 10-20 years in prison for manslaughter based on workplace safety conditions that led to the deaths of two employees. OSHA...more

OLRB Has No Authority To Order Government Investigation Of Safety-Reprisal Complaint

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has held that it has no authority to order the Ontario Ministry of Labour to conduct an investigation into an employee’s safety-reprisal complaint, nor could the OLRB base its decision on...more

Wal-Mart Agrees to Precedent-Setting Corporate-Wide Settlement with OSHA Over Shopping Cart Full of Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.'s corporate-wide settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor ("settlement") on August 7, 2013. The announcement was made by...more

Repeat Worker Safety Violations Cited For Alabama Steel Company

An Alabama steel company is feeling the effects of OSHA's national emphasis program to eradicate workplace-related amputations....more

Five of the All-Time Biggest Whistleblowers

From preventing human beings from being used like laboratory animals to revealing multi-million dollar price fixing, whistleblowers often sacrifice their careers and even their lives to reveal the truth. Here are five...more

Arizona Commercial Vehicles Deemed Unsafe By State

The Arizona Department of Public Safety has sidelined 140 commercial vehicles after finding their safety standards lacking, following a three-day enforcement effort along Interstate 40 last month. ...more

Australia: Safety First: Adverse Action in the context of work health and safety

SUMMARY - The recent Federal Court decision in AMWU v Visy Packaging Pty Ltd (No 3) [2013] FCA 525 demonstrates the careful balancing act an employer faces when disciplining an employee for misconduct where the...more

Part-Owner Of Company Convicted, Fined Personally Under OHSA

Company owners are not immune from potential convictions and fines under workplace safety laws....more

Construction Accidents And Third Party Recovery

Construction zones are dangerous, and it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that safety standards are met. ...more

OSHA Reinstates ERA Whistleblower And Issues Daunting Preliminary Order

On May 15, 2013, OSHA determined that Enercon Services Inc. (Company), an engineering firm that provides nuclear power facilities with engineering support services, violated the whistleblower provisions of the Energy...more

Waste Disposal - A Case Study: Tolls to Help Mitigate Critical Risks

In This Presentation: - I. Case Study – What Should Happen - II. Case Study – What Really Happened - III. TCEQ Regulatory Enforcement - IV. TCEQ Regulatory Outcome - V. Generator's Response - VI. Legal...more

Immigrants Await Results of Suit Against U.S. and Jefferson County, Illinois

It has now been more than two months since the National Immigrant Justice Center (“NIJC”) filed a lawsuit against officials of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) and Jefferson County, Illinois relating to the...more

Safety Violations Get 37-Year Employee Fired For Cause

We don’t often hear of 37-year employees being fired for just cause. An arbitrator has recently upheld the dismissal of a long-service unionized employee for safety violations....more

Avoiding Workplace Injuries And Protecting Your Rights As An Employee

An injury at work can be devastating for you and your family. Despite major strides reducing workplace injuries and deaths in the past four decades, more than 4,500 workers still die each year. Another 4.1 million are...more

CMS Hospital Inspection Report Database Creates More Transparency

Transparency in healthcare reached a new level over the weekend when the Association of Healthcare Journalists (AHCJ) unveiled a searchable database of past Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital deficiency...more

Your Rights in an OSHA Inspection

A workplace inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can result in substantial penalties where violations are found. Employers need to know their rights during an inspection, including the right...more

Supervisor’s Violation Of Lockout “Cardinal Rule” Did Not Justify Dismissal: Appeal Court

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a trial judge’s decision that an employee’s violation of a lockout rule was not just cause for dismissal....more

Union Asks Court To Initiate Safety Prosecution Against Employer

A union has taken the unusual step of asking the Federal Court to order the federal Minister of Labour to prosecute a company for alleged safety violations....more

BNSF & OSHA Reach Significant Whistleblower-Related Accord

In January 2013, after over 30 FRSA complaints were lodged by BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) employees, OSHA and BNSF reached an agreement (Accord), where BNSF agreed to modify certain policies and practices alleged to interfere...more

HEALTH AND SAFETY CLIENT ALERT: MSHA Issues a Final Rule to Revise the POV System

On Wednesday, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) kicked off its regulatory agenda by lifting the veil on its final rule to revise the Pattern of Violations (POV) system under 30 C.F.R. Part 104. Unless...more

Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Litigation/Courts: Kentucky Mine Operator, Supervisors Plead Guilty

A Kentucky coal mine operator and two of its supervisors have pled guilty to willful safety violations in the wake of a miner’s death....more

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