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Mercury/OSHA Enforcement: Citations Issued to Plainville, Connecticut Contractor for Alleged Violations Related to Facility...

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued citations to a Plainville, Connecticut construction contractor for alleged violations related to the demolition of a mercury boiler. Manafort Brothers, Inc....more

Roadside Workers at Risk

by Howard Ankin on

U.S. roadside workers are exposed to hazardous workplace conditions that put them at high risk of serious injury and death. Each year, thousands of roadside workers are injured or killed while performing their jobs....more

November 2017 OSHA News Releases

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

11/29/2017 – Region 3 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Fines US Environmental Inc. for Safety Violations and Proposes Penalties Totaling $333,756 - 11/28/2017 – Region 6 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of...more

OSHA Hazard Assessment: To What Extent Can a Multi-Facility Employer Rely on Hazard Assessments from One Facility in Another,...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

OSHA regulations require an employer to conduct a hazard assessment to determine if hazards are present, or likely to be present, that necessitate the use of Personal Protection Equipment (“PPE”). 29 CFR § 1910.132(d)(1). It...more

Nothing To Sneeze At: Evaluating Employee Safety Protections In The Healthcare Industry

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: NIOSH reiterated last week that healthcare workers are exposed to a wide range of hazards on the job and healthcare employers may not be following best practices to protect against these hazards....more

OSHA Appeals Decision Invalidating Its Multi-Employer Citation Policy

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Although the Department of Labor under new Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has indicated that it will be scaling back on the broad interpretation of joint employer for purposes of determining enforcement liability, on November 6,...more

OSHA's New Silica Rules: Are you ready for OSHA to inspect your jobsite?

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

OSHA’s new silica rules (“Silica Rules”) for construction went into effect on September 23, 2017. Under the new Silica Rules, all contractors who engage in activities that create silica dust (such as by cutting, grinding, or...more

The introduction of Bill 30 brings the potential for significant changes to Alberta’s workplace laws

by Dentons on

On November 27, 2017, the Government of Alberta introduced numerous proposed changes to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act and Workers’ Compensation Act. The proposed changes are contained in Bill 30: An Act to...more

Daddy’s Home 2 – fisticuffs in the workplace

by FordHarrison on

While the holiday season can be a time of great joy and celebration, it can also be a time of great stress. Indeed, the pressure of holiday preparations and spending an inordinate amount of time in close quarters with...more

Ammonia/OSHA Enforcement: Penalties Proposed for Alleged Florida Electric Utility Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a November 17th news release stating it cited Tampa Electric Co. (“Tampa Electric”) for alleged violations at its Gibsonton, Florida facility related to a...more

I Wonder How Many Other Hollywood Personalities Wish that they had Promised their Boss a Missouri Whooping?

by Fisher Phillips on

I am not encouraging workplace violence, even for individuals who may deserve a good old fashioned whooping. However, it is worth noting that one of the few Hollywood celebrities to have largely survived the onslaught of...more

The Importance of Maintaining a Safe Construction Site

In October, a Florida jury found a general contractor liable for $45 million for the death of a motorist killed by one of the contractor’s trucks pulling out of a road construction job site. The case highlights the importance...more

Industrial manslaughter – will the response to community outrage deliver results?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The community was rightly outraged by the tragic loss of life in incidents at Dreamworld and Eagle Farm. The recent legislative response to those tragedies has attracted significant media attention, with laws recently rushed...more

OSHA Publishes “Small Entity Compliance” Guides for the Crystalline Silica Standards

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has recently published “Small Entity Compliance” Guides for the new Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction and General Industry....more

The Latest From OSHA on Silica in Construction Enforcement

On October 19, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued Interim Enforcement Guidance for enforcing the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, 29 CFR 1926.1153. OSHA began...more

OSHA Begins Enforcement of Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standards

On October 23, 2017, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began enforcement of its Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard (Construction Silica Standard). OSHA enforcement of its...more

What Employers Need To Know About OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule For Construction

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Full enforcement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new respirable crystalline silica rule in the construction industry began on October 23, 2017, according to the agency. The silica rule is one of the...more

Flight Attendants Face a New Safety Threat: Angry Passengers

by Howard Ankin on

The increasing number of in-flight injuries caused by angry passengers is a growing concern. Over the past year, flight attendants and passengers have suffered serious injuries due to angry, out-of-control passengers who take...more

California Passes the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act makes California the first state to require ingredient labeling both on product labels and online for consumer cleaning products....more

OSHA Now Fully Enforcing Silica in Construction Standard

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On October 19, 2017, OSHA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary issued interim guidance to Regional Administrators on the new Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard. In this guidance, OSHA explains that as of...more

OSHA Review Commission Back in Business

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (Review Commission) issued two orders this month — the first we have heard from the Review Commission since April 27, 2017. The orders followed, on...more

[Webinar] The Evolution of Imminent Danger Orders: Applications By MSHA and Legal Developments - October 26th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

In the last several years, MSHA has issued 107(A) Imminent Danger orders with increased frequency. On the surface, these orders seem self-explanatory, yet the agency has been moving beyond the common assumption that these...more

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

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