Workplace Hazards

News & Analysis as of

OSHA Issues Guidance to Employers Regarding Protection of Workers from Ebola Virus

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a new web page yesterday to assist employers with efforts to inform and protect their workers from the Ebola virus. The web page provides employers with a...more

Road workers and the risks they face in Illinois

The elevated risk of work zone accidents to road workers, relative to many professionals laboring in different fields, may be intuitive. These workers labor in road construction work zones, which are located in unavoidably...more

ARB Affirms Blacklisting Award To Whistleblower

The ARB upheld a damages award in favor of a whistleblower after his former employer purportedly “blacklisted” him by providing an apparently negative employment reference to a prospective employer. Timmons v. CRST Dedicated...more

Employers’ Asbestos Liabilities Do Not Extend to Workers’ Spouses

Two federal judges recently dismissed the claims of the spouses of workers who purportedly carried asbestos fibers home from their workplaces. In July 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma...more

Owner/developer was not responsible for civil damages sustained in a workplace incident 20 years ago

Over 20 years after a workplace incident that seriously injured a worker, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has dismissed the worker’s civil action against a developer. The worker had been working on a rooftop of a...more

Another Hefty OSHA Whistleblower Award + Reinstatement

On September 26, 2014, OSHA issued a preliminary order that an Illinois employer, Stericycle Inc. (the Company), reinstate and pay $262,000 to a supervisor who was discharged after allegedly reporting safety concerns to...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term Summary Part 3: Recap of Cases Affecting Wisconsin Businesses

This post is the third in a series of posts analyzing the 2013-14 term of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. This post provides in a nutshell what businesses need to know about the cases from last year’s term of the...more

Ontario Government Responds to Early Results of Mine Safety Review

In December 2013, the province asked Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer to undertake a review of the occupational health and safety issues related to the mining sector, focusing first on underground mines. The review...more

OSHA Announces Significant Alterations to Reporting Requirements

On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule that significantly changes an employer’s duties to report workplace injuries to the agency....more

Illinois lawmakers considering change to workers’ compensation for paramedics

As emergency medical service providers, paramedics in Illinois face numerous hazards in the workplace on a daily basis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2011, the most recent year that...more

Discrimination and Harassment Training A Necessity In Male Dominated Industries

If you have ever seen Parks and Recreation, a TV show featuring a cast of funny all-stars such as Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones, then you might be familiar with one episode where Leslie Knope (Poehler) decides it’s time to...more

Hierarchy of Needs And The Need For Code of Conduct Training, Discrimination and Harassment Training, Workplace Violence...

While I was a student at Auburn University I took a psychology class. During the class we learned about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist who wanted to understand what motivates people’s...more

Update: California Supreme Court to Review Secondary Asbestos Exposure Cases

In Sedgwick’s June 2014 Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update, we reported on two conflicting decisions from different California appellate courts regarding companies’ duty to prevent “take home exposures” to asbestos...more

Hospital’s Failure to Abate Patient and Visitor Violence Against Employees Results in OSHA Penalty

Hospitals, remarkably, are one of the most hazardous places to work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospital workers have an estimated rate of 8.3 assaults per 10,000 workers compared to an estimated 2...more

Employer Must Defend Against A Wrongful Death Lawsuit For Not Monitoring Employee Computer Use

An Illinois Appellate Court recently held that an employer must defend against a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that it was negligent in failing to investigate death threats that its employee had emailed to his family from...more

OSHA Issues Policy Background on the Temporary Worker Initiative

On July 15, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a policy memorandum to its Regional Administrators, explaining in greater detail the agency’s Temporary Worker Initiative (“TWI”). The TWI,...more

The EEOC Delivers its Expected New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

Dust off your handbooks and rethink your employment policies – the EEOC has just announced some significant changes in how it is going to investigate and litigate pregnancy discrimination claims....more

Homicide Is The #1 Killer Of Women At Work – Do Your Part To Lower The Statistic With Workplace Violence Training

When I was 18 years old I was in an abusive relationship. I think part of it was being young and not looking for or knowing the warning signs of a dangerous person and part of it was probably just bad luck. I could go into a...more

Protecting Workers From Heat Stress

The long, hot summer months are upon us...Did you know that an employer’s “duty to provide a safe workplace” under OSHA includes protecting employees from illness caused by heat stress? Heat stroke, heat cramps, heat...more

4 Essentials Your Prevention of Workplace Violence Training Must Cover to Build a Safer Workplace

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Marc McElhaney of Critical Response Associates last year when he helped our company create our Preventing Workplace Violence training course. Dr. McElhaney is a highly respected expert in...more

How Not To Train Employees: Stage A Fake Armed Robbery

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

Court Rules That Walgreens Employee Who Fired Concealed Handgun At Armed Robbers Has No Claim For Wrongful Discharge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a former Walgreens employee who was discharged because he fired a concealed handgun at armed robbers has no claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy....more

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

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

Oklahoma employer not responsible for workplace prank

Car dealerships must be a Mecca for pranks. The combination of substantial periods of downtime with a lively sales staff leads to workplace fun. But what happens when things turn ugly, and someone gets hurt? Does the employer...more

If You Can’t Stand the Heat . . .You’re Not Alone: OSHA Kicks Off its Annual Heat Illness Campaign

On May 22, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it was bringing back its heat illness prevention campaign for the fourth straight year. The campaign primarily targets industries with workers...more

110 Results
|
View per page
Page: of 5