Category Archives: Worker Safety

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100 Percent Tie Off: New OSHA Fall Protection Standard for General Industry Employers

For our general industry employers, you have new fall protection standards. As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration uses the term, “general industry” means all employers not in construction, agriculture, or maritime industries. The new rule goes into effect soon – on January 17, 2017 – and employers were given only 60 days of notice to come … Continue Reading

Taking a Bite Out of Crime…and Maybe the Employer? OSHA Fines Company Following Criminal Assault on Employee

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently reminded us that every employer needs a violence in the workplace policy or risk citation for third party criminal actions. The OSH Act’s general duty clause requires employers to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees. OSHA … Continue Reading

UPDATE: Deadline for OSHA Anti-Retaliation Provisions delayed to November 1, 2016

As an update to last week’s blog post [Mark Your Calendar! Deadline on New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule is Around the Corner], the initial deadline to comply with OSHA’s new anti-retaliation provisions has been pushed back from August 10, 2010, to November 1, 2016. Several industry groups filed a complaint in federal court in Texas seeking … Continue Reading

Mark Your Calendar! Deadline on New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule is Around the Corner

Employers should note the August 10, 2016, deadline for compliance with the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new electronic recordkeeping and reporting rules. Other sections of the new rule, including those which require qualifying employers to submit injury and illness data electronically to OSHA, go into effect on January 1, … Continue Reading

OSHA Penalties Are About to Get A Lot More Expensive

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an interim final rule on July 1, 2016, that increases the maximum penalties for citations by more than 75 percent. This is the first increase in OSHA penalties since 1990. Why now, you ask? Well, in November 2015 the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (a … Continue Reading

Employer Liability for the Lone Wolf

Shocking acts of violence are reported in the press every day.  Reading about bombers, gunmen, and rapists in schools and homes and nightclubs is almost unbearable. For us labor lawyers, workplace violence is particularly disturbing. This question always comes immediately to mind – what could have been done? Often, everything that could have been done … Continue Reading

The US Departments of Justice and Labor Announce Expansion of Worker Endangerment Initiative

Just in time for the holidays, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new plan to prosecute crimes that put workers’ health and lives at risk. As explained in the December 17, 2015 press release, the DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices will cooperate with … Continue Reading
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