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[Webinar] The Evolution of Imminent Danger Orders: Applications By MSHA and Legal Developments - October 26th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

In the last several years, MSHA has issued 107(A) Imminent Danger orders with increased frequency. On the surface, these orders seem self-explanatory, yet the agency has been moving beyond the common assumption that these...more

OSHA’s 2017 Top Ten List

by Cozen O'Connor on

OSHA recently announced its top 10 most cited violations for fiscal year ending 2017. Although the order may change from year to year, it usually reflects the usual suspects of violations and this year’s list is no different....more

Construction Employers Now Subject to Enforceable OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule; Grace Period for “Good Faith”...

by Bryan Cave on

Construction employers are now subject to OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica rule, which became enforceable on September 23, 2017. OSHA published a guidance memorandum dated September 20, 2017, which set forth a 30-day...more

Best in Law: Houston Has a Problem; Make Sure You Don’t - Partner D. Brian Reider Writes About Disaster Preparedness for the...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the horrible hurricane Harvey and Irma disasters unfolded recently, and wildfires have raged all over the West, we are reminded that the time is now to think carefully about disaster preparedness. Here in California, our...more

OSHA Adopts 30-Day “Phase-In” of Enforcement of Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA announced a thirty day phase-in for enforcement of the Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction under 29 CFR 1926.1153. The new rule will be fully effective by Monday, October 23, 2017....more

OSHA Adds Arsenic as a Concern for Indoor Shooting Ranges

by Williams Mullen on

Over the last few years, the Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) has targeted indoor shooting ranges for potential exposures of employees to lead. During inspections, OSHA compliance officers generally take...more

OSHA Announces Top Ten Violations

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

OSHA recently released the top ten violations for fiscal year 2017, which ended September 30. Generally, this list does not change much from year to year with the top three violations always being fall protection, hazard...more

Insurance Coverage – Analysis of Professional Liability Exclusion

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Energy Insurance Mutual Limited v. ACE American Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, First District (July 11, 2017) - This case involves an insurance coverage dispute arising from an explosion that occurred when an...more

Temperature Plays A Significant Role in Worker Injuries [Infographic]

by Howard Ankin on

Workers who are exposed to extreme temperatures on the job have a higher risk of injuries and chronic health problems. Exposure to prolonged periods of heat and cold account for thousands of work-related injuries each year....more

OSHA Grants Brief Reprieve on Silica Enforcement

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On September 20, 2017, OSHA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary issued a memorandum to Regional Administrators on the new Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, which becomes effective September 23, 2017. In...more

[Webinar] Managing MSHA Investigations - September 26th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

MSHA investigations can catch operators off-guard and are laden with small comments or mishaps that can escalate into enforcement nightmares. The tactics and personnel used during MSHA investigations are typically much more...more

Comprehensive FAQs For Employers On Hurricanes And Other Workplace Disasters

by Fisher Phillips on

This list of frequently asked questions was originally prepared by the law firm of Fisher Phillips in 2005, in response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. It has been updated several times over the course of the past 12...more

Guidance on Protecting Employees During Hurricane Harvey and Especially In Cleanup.

by Fisher Phillips on

Despite the constant news coverage, Americans are inevitably surprised by the violence of hurricanes … and even more by the damages inflicted by storm surges and the extraordinary amounts of rain once the hurricane high winds...more

Chemical Exposures & The Cancers They Cause

by Howard Ankin on

Chemical exposure in the workplace poses a significant risk to all workers and can cause everything from skin problems to respiratory illnesses. As of 2014, roughly 8.8% of all work-related fatalities were attributed to...more

The Eclipse, Worker Safety and Triffids.

by Fisher Phillips on

The Eclipse, Workers Safety and Triffids. Tomorrow is the much-awaited Eclipse and employers are beginning to worry that they may not have taken all appropriate steps to protect their employees. Shockingly, OSHA does not...more

Hazardous Substances Regulations

by DLA Piper on

From 1 December 2017, those who manufacture, use, handle, store and transport hazardous substances in the workplace will need to follow the new Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 (Regulations)....more

5th Circuit Asked to Review ALJ Decision to Vacate “Controlling Employer” Doctrine Citation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As expected, OSHA has appealed an ALJ ruling that severely limits OSHA’s “controlling employer” enforcement policy. Acosta v. Hensel Phelps Constr. Co., No. 17-60543 (5th Cir. 8/4/17)....more

OSHA and Workplace Violence: What Contractors Need to Know

Although most contractors go to great lengths to promote jobsite safety, the fatal injury rate in the construction industry – which employs almost 6.5 million people – still exceeds that of any other U.S. industry. The...more

Attention Dental Offices - Are You Ready for TOSHA?

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

Tennessee OSHA (“TOSHA”) has announced a new Local Emphasis Program related to dental practices and facilities. Based upon data recorded by TOSHA over a ten year period covering 30 inspections performed at dental offices,...more

Occupational Opaqueness: The Uncertain Future of OSHA Regulation and the Electronic Recordkeeping and Reporting Rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still without an agency head six months into the presidency of Donald Trump. As such, the future of OSHA is unclear in light of the president’s promises of less...more

OSHA Issues Safety Fact Sheet On Confined Spaces In Residential Construction

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new fact sheet to assist residential construction employers in meeting safety standards in confined spaces, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. The Fact...more

Three Needless Deaths: Recognize Confined Space Dangers On Your Job Sites

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On July 14, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a contractor for 10 serious violations after the deaths of three workers who succumbed to toxic gases in a manhole on...more

The King’s Time Is Up: Arizona Supreme Court Holds That the Statute of Repose Bars Untimely Claims by State Entities and Overrides...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

City of Phoenix v. Glenayre Elecs., Inc., 2017 Ariz. LEXIS 121 (Ariz. May 10, 2017) - Between 1960 and 2000, Carlos Tarazon (“Tarazon”) performed work installing and repairing water piping for various contractors and...more

Stuntman’s death on ‘The Walking Dead’ set a sad reminder of common workplace hazards

by FordHarrison on

Tragically, stuntman John Bernecker died last week in Atlanta after falling 30 feet to a concrete floor while working on a fight scene for AMC’s zombie-apocalypse series “The Walking Dead.” In response, the show temporarily...more

The Heat is on in California: Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention Requirements for Outdoor Work Sites

With the heat of summer in full swing, California employers covered by California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3395 with employees who work outdoors may want to review their practices to ensure that they are...more

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