Workplace Hazards

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Addressing and Preventing Workplace Violence

The subject of workplace violence has unfortunately made headlines once again after a news anchor and cameraman were killed by a former co-worker in Virginia last week. Employers are understandably concerned and have...more

OSHA Updates National Emphasis Program on Amputations

In August 2015, OSHA updated its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Amputations.  Based on a review of data from general industry as well as targeted industries, OSHA determined that workplace amputations were being...more

Death Threats Lead To Employer's ADA Victory

It is rare that the most employee-friendly of all federal appellate courts cites “common sense” in support of one of its decisions. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently did just that, however, dismissing a disability...more

Has the Fifth Circuit Opened the Door for Potential Liability of Staffing Companies?

In Burton v. Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Manpower of Texas, LP, No. 14-50944, — F.3d —-, 2015 WL 4742174 (5th Cir. Aug. 10, 2015), the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for two...more

New OSHA Directive to Assist in Early Resolution of Whistleblower Complaints

On August 19, 2015, OSHA issued new policies and procedures (Compliance Directive: CPL 02-03-006) for applying a new process for resolving whistleblower disputes. This directive is OSHA’s attempt to institute an early...more

Do Contract Workers Qualify for Workers’ Comp Claims?

American workers increasingly labor away in an independent contractor environment. Much controversy surrounds this, largely due to often-diminished compensation and the union-busting nature of how it is implemented. In San...more

U.S. construction companies and manager face fines of nearly $2 million for exposing workers to asbestos

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) has cited a construction company and its manager for asbestos-related violations and imposed fines of almost $2 million.  Safety regulators are increasingly taking...more

Where Does an Airline Employee File a Workers’ Comp Claim if an Injury Occurred While Traveling?

Turbulence in flight might make passengers nervous. But for flight attendants, it can be the cause of serious injury that may ground them for months or years, sometimes ending their careers. A survey of accidents by...more

Bill Introduced to Protect New Jersey Nail Salon Workers From Hazards and Unpaid Wages

On June 4, 2015, a bill (A4494) was introduced to protect nail salon employees from wage and hour violations and health and safety hazards. If passed, the bill would require nail salon owners to provide personal protective...more

OSHA Updates Emphasis Program on Amputations – Cites Employer and Places It on Severe Violators List

Last week OSHA issued its updated National Emphasis Program on Amputations (NEP). Instruction CPL 03-00-019 (June 30, 2015). Take that juxtaposed against OSHA’s citation in a recent case where on his first day on the job a...more

OSHA Updates National Emphasis Program on Amputations

On August 13, 2015, OSHA announced its updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) for Amputations will now include all industries that contain machinery or equipment which may cause amputations. Under the new National Emphasis...more

UK Report Assesses Workplace Exposure and Control Measures During the Manufacture and Handling of Engineered Nanomaterials

The United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prepared a report entitled Summary of work undertaken to assess workplace exposure and control measures during the manufacture...more

Would a Contagious Disease Contracted at Work Qualify for Workers’ Comp in Illinois?

The Ebola scare of 2014 alerted many workers to the worries of contagious and sometimes deadly diseases present in healthcare facilities. This was of greatest concern to emergency medical technicians – ambulance personnel –...more

Do Contract Workers Qualify for Workers’ Comp Claims?

Non-employees working on a company site are covered for workplace-related claims. But it’s important to seek medical care from the employer’s provider. American workers increasingly labor away in an independent...more

Navigating the Slippery Floor

Slip and fall claims are not limited to guests and customers. If you are an employee, and your employer is a non-subscriber of workers compensation coverage in Texas, a slip and fall used to mean big bucks. Maybe not...more

A little good news: OSHA Grants Some Reprieve For Compliance with Its New Construction Industry Confined Space Rules

On May 4, 2015, OSHA issued a final rule setting new standards for workers in confined spaces on construction sites. The new rule requires coordination for multiple employers at the worksite, a competent person to evaluate...more

2015 Summary of Key Maine Environmental Legislation

The Pierce Atwood Environmental and Land Use Practice Group is pleased to provide the 2015 Summary of Key Maine Environmental Legislation enacted or carried over in the First Regular Session of Maine's 127th Legislature...more

Defective seat belt air bag on airplane causes death of worker

Working in and around airplanes can be a dangerous occupation. Some of the most common hazards include head injuries, crushing injuries, serious musculoskeletal damage and exposure to infectious diseases. In a recent case, an...more

HCS: OSHA Issues Inspection Procedures for Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)

On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued OSHA Directive Number CPL 02-02-079. The Directive is intended to establish "policies and procedures to ensure...more

OSHA Directive on Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard

OSHA has just announced a compliance Directive on “Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard,” CPL 02-02-079 (July 9, 2015)....more

2015 Changes to Nevada Police/Firefighter Heart and Lung Laws

The 2015 legislative session made a major change in SB 153 to the heart and lung statutes regarding the application of a conclusive presumption of compensability. A conclusive presumption means that the ill police officer or...more

Employers to Focus on Conducting TB Risk Assessments Following New OSHA Directive

On July 13, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an enforcement directive, Enforcement Procedures and Scheduling for Occupational Exposure to Tuberculosis (CPL 02-02-078) (2015 Directive),...more

OSHA Stepping Up Scrutiny of Hospitals and Inpatient Health Care Facilities

On June 25, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a Memorandum to its Compliance Officers expanding its enforcement policy regarding workplace hazards facing employees in the health care...more

Airplane cabin cleaners often exposed to dangerous substances

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, more than 85,000 flights take off and land in America every day. Commercial airplanes often fly multiple times per day, carrying many loads of passengers. Like hotel rooms,...more

OSHA Joins the Growing Support for Transgender Rights in the Workplace

With the increased government scrutiny of transgender issues in the workplace, employers should be careful not to discriminate against transgender employees and to treat them in accordance with their gender...more

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