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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

NIOSH Report Highlighting Second Decade of Research Agenda Includes Nano Developments

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 10, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled National Occupational Research Agenda: Second Decade in Review | 2006-2016. The report outlines the progress...more

Don’t Let a Legal Claim Eclipse This Solar Event

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

On the afternoon of August 21, 2017, the first total eclipse to touch the U.S. mainland since 1979 will cut a “path of totality” through the Carolinas (including Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston). While communities along...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert On Wire And Hoisting Ropes

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Saying new testing on wire and hoisting ropes showed they “no longer met MSHA’s in-service standards,” despite previously passing tests and inspections, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a new safety alert...more

Need OSHA Action On Ammonium Nitrate And Healthcare Workplace Violence, Government Monitor Urges

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Focus is needed on two safety and health priorities: healthcare workplace violence and high-risk facilities that handle hazardous substances such as ammonium nitrate, chief of the Government Accountability Office Gene L....more

How to Survive the Dog Days of Summer: OSHA’s Yearly Heat Campaign Sizzles

On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: “Water. Rest. Shade.” As part of the seventh annual heat illness prevention campaign,...more

OSHA Launches Injury Tracking Application

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On August 1, 2017, OSHA finally launched its web portal to accept submission of recordkeeping forms pursuant to the requirements in the final rule, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.” Under the rule,...more

DOT Backs Away From Rulemaking on “Safety Sensitive Positions” in Highway and Rail Transportation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: DOT has withdrawn its rulemaking on safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation. This week the U.S. Department of Transportation has withdrawn its March 10, 2016 Advance Notice of...more

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Regulatory Plan Backs Off On New Silica Rule, Keeps Workplace Exams Rule

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has a distinctly less ambitious regulatory plan on its plate with the start of the Trump Administration, in line with the campaign promises the President made last year to reduce...more

Responding To Violence In the Workplace – A “Catch 22” For Employers

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The recent instances of violence in the workplace remind us of the complex task facing employers. Employers must maintain a safe work environment for employees while operating within the parameters of the many federal and...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

Top Ten List – Track These 10 Important Employment Bills as the California Legislative Year Comes to a Close

by Fisher Phillips on

When the Legislature reconvenes from its summer recess on August 21, it will have only a few short weeks to finish work on legislation for this year. All bills must be passed and sent to Governor Brown by September 15, who...more

[Webinar] Internal and Third Party Safety Audits: Risks, Rewards and How to Protect the Results - August 24th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

There are numerous benefits to internal or third-party safety audits. These audits offer operators terrific insight for proactive safety and compliance improvements. But, can these audits be used against an operator…The short...more

For Third Straight Year, No Mines Eligible For A Pattern Of Violations Notice

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced that, for the third consecutive year, none of the nation’s more than 13,000 mining operations met the criteria for a Pattern of Violations (POV) notice, which would...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2017

THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR . . . OSHA’S YEARLY SUMMER HEAT CAMPAIGN - On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: Water. Rest. Shade....more

Workplace Wrap: Autumn/Winter 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

Workplace Wrap is our magazine covering the core areas of Australian workplace law: industrial relations, employment, equal employment opportunity and workplace health and safety. Workplace Wrap articles condense some of...more

Do You Pass The Test? New Safer Workplaces Act Expands And Limits Drug And Alcohol Testing

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

As noted in our June 2017 Employment Law Letter, the West Virginia Legislature passed the West Virginia Safer Workplaces Act.  The new law, which went into effect on July 7, 2017, generally expands the circumstances under...more

OSHA-Compliant Incentive Programs

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Many employers utilize incentive programs to reward employees for compliance with company safety policies. Many of these programs utilize a system of rewards based upon the number of consecutive days a facility has been...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

Mine Safety Agency Issues Serious Accident Alert For Crane Operators

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

After a crane operator suffered serious injuries earlier this year while attempting to stow the crane’s lattice extension, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a serious accident alert for crane...more

NIOSH Submits Proposed Survey to OMB, Will Accept Comments for 30 Days

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 17, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice announcing it submitted a proposed information collection to the Office of Management and Budget for...more

Employer May Be Held Liable For Employing Murderer!

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Claims of negligent hiring, training, and retention is alive and well. Employers must be prepared to investigate, and fully remediate supervisors’ misconduct. Recently, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Illinois,...more

OSHA Launches New Website For Electronically Filing Injury And Illness Reports

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electronic portal, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), where employers can file web-based reports of workplace injuries or illnesses, will be accessible beginning...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

Mine Safety Agency Issues Accident Alert On Haul Truck Operations

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a “Close Call Accident Alert” after a June 19, 2017, accident involving a haul truck driver. In the incident, MSHA said, a haul truck driver with six weeks of experience...more

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