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OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of November 28th

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

[Webinar] MSHA Hazard Complaints and Whistleblower Protections: Working Through Complaint Investigation - Dec. 15th, 1:00pm EST

Regular MSHA inspections (aka E01 inspections) are commonplace for mines – an average of two to four inspections per year for surface and underground operations respectively. Yet, MSHA has in its arsenal a host of other...more

New York Court of Appeals Finds Question of Fact Where Plaintiff Sustained Electric Shock and Fell From Ladder

In Nazario v 222 Broadway, LLC, 2016 N.Y. LEXIS 3534 (N.Y. Nov. 21, 2016), plaintiff was performing electrical work as part of a retrofitting or renovation, and was reaching up while standing on the third or fourth rung of a...more

New OSHA Silica Rule Deadline Is Rapidly Approaching – Are You Ready?

While the Summer of 2018 may seem far away, companies should be preparing now to be ready to meet the significant new requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) new rule for respirable...more

GHS (WHMIS 2015) online courses now available

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has released two online courses on WHMIS 2015, which implements the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)....more

Record Low Number of Mining Deaths in Fiscal Year 2016, Mine Safety Agency Reports

Fiscal year 2016 saw a record low number of mining deaths, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has reported. The agency also continues to encourage the mining community “to reach zero mining deaths.”...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of November 21st

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

OSHA Updates General Industry Personal Fall Protection and Walking-Working Surfaces Standards

Recently, OSHA issued its long-awaited final rule on walking-working surfaces and personal fall protection systems for general industry. The new rule is intended to update the standards to align with general industry...more

Wow! OSHA Releases Massive Rule Updating General Industry Standards on Walking-Working Surfaces

Seyfarth Synopsis: Despite Congressional direction to the contrary, OSHA just adopted a significant 500+ page final rule on industry, and only provided employers sixty days to comply! Despite a Congressional “request”...more

OSHA Issues New Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Standard for General Industry

On November 18, 2016, OSHA issued its long-awaited final rule for “Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems).” The new rule, which has been in the making since 1990, does not change...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of November 14th

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

“You’re kind of close to those wires”: excavator operator guilty of OHSA charges after hitting power line

An excavator operator has been found guilty of two Occupational Health and Safety Act charges after hitting a power line. The operator, who was working on a road construction project, was planning to load the excavator...more

OSHA Issues Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs

In October, OSHA released its new Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs, which were issued to incorporate the experience and advances gained since the previous set of recommendations was released in 1989. ...more

A Little Help Here . . . OSHA Asks Public for Help in Developing Leading Safety Indicators

OSHA announced it will take comments on leading safety and health indicators in the workplace. In early 2017, the agency will release a preliminary version of its annual leading indicators guide and allow the public to...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of November 7th

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Hazard Safety Alert from for Truck Vacuum Operations

Static electricity during vacuum operations can result in accidents such as shock hazards, explosions, and secondary injuries from falls due to shock, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has warned in a safety alert for...more

New Law Expands California’s Heat Illness Regulations to Include Indoor Employees

Existing regulations establish heat illness prevention standards for outdoor workers. The regulations include requirements for providing sufficient drinking water at no charge to the employee, allowing for recovery or “cool...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of October 31st

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

Employers May Now Be Responsible for Injuries Sustained on Public Roads

The South Carolina Supreme Court essentially abandoned 19 years of court precedence by finding the divided premises rule applies to injuries sustained while on a public street traveling from one employer-controlled location...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of October 24th

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

CA Nears Adoption of New Workplace Violence Regulations for Health Care Employers, Home Health Providers, and Emergency Responders

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board approved last week its regulations on Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care. The California Division of Occupational...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of October 17th

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

Virginia OSHA is Serious about Safety and They’ll Issue Big Penalties if Necessary.

We were stunned to see a squared away State OSHA plan issue a million dollar OSHA citation earlier this month. We should, therefore take note, when that state’s Governor actually spoke at the state’s “Governor’s Safety...more

Low Hanging Grapes – Cal/OSHA Standards Frequently Cited Against Winemakers

With the harvest upon us in California wine country, now is a great time to remind wineries and vineyards operating within the Golden Gate of those Cal/OSHA standards most often cited against this industry. The California...more

Mine Safety Agency Warns of Equipment and Machinery Dangers

In the wake of three deaths over the past year involving mine equipment and machinery, the Mine Health and Safety Administration has issued a safety alert to prevent mining accidents: “Blocking Against Motion.” MSHA said...more

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