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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

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

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

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

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

KY OSHA Delays Silica Compliance Date For Construction Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In March 2016, Federal OSHA promulgated a final rule on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica for Construction, which established a new permissible exposure limit and contained several ancillary provisions that apply to...more

OSHA Fall Protection Rule Raises Questions Over ‘Temporary, Relatively Infrequent’ Work

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

New questions are emerging about key provisions the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s updated rule to prevent falls. Effective January 17, 2017, the final rule updating OSHA’s general industry Walking-Working...more

New Developments at OSHA - July 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

OSHA Seeks to Reverse Beryllium Rule For Certain Industries Beryllium, a lightweight metal, presents hazards in the workplace. It is has been linked to lung cancer and Chronic Beryllium Disease, a debilitating lung disease...more

Tesla’s CEO makes personal pledge for employee safety

by FordHarrison on

Tesla, an electric-automobile manufacturer, made headlines last month after Worksafe, a California-based worker advocacy group, released a report in May indicating that the injury rates at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing...more

OSHA Seeks Feedback on Proposal to Revoke Certain Provisions of Beryllium Rule Applicable to the Construction and Shipyard Sectors

by Littler on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reconsidering portions of a final rule setting standards for occupational exposure to beryllium. The rule, published January 9, 2017, was initially set to take...more

“Controlling Employer” Doctrine Reviewed and Vacated by OSHRC Law Judge

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an interesting outcome, an OSHRC Administrative Law Judge recently vacated a citation to an alleged “controlling employer” based on 5th Circuit precedent – despite being contrary with OSHA policy and...more

Safety Agency Applies Federal Law To Bar Employer Safety Violation Citation - Agency’s Application of 5th Circuit Appeals Court...

by Fisher Phillips on

The federal agency that reviews OSHA safety violation cases, also known as the OSH Review Commission, recently adopted the decision of one of its Administrative Law Judges who applied 5th Circuit precedent to reject a safety...more

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