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OSHA's Civil Penalties To Increase
OSHA to update its civil penalty fines. If an employer was not compliant or even negligent in its duties, an employee could consult an experienced attorney to be awarded workers compensation.
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OSHA’s civil penalties to increase
2 Jul 2016 | William J. Kropach
In a number of our posts, we have noted that the penalties for not reporting workplace injuries or hospitalizations will increase in 2017, but we would be remiss if we did not mention that the penalties for safety violations will increase much sooner. According to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, all federal agencies with … READ MORE
It may go without saying that construction sites are loud places, but it may be long overdue for hearing safety standards in these venues. A pair of recent studies, one by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and another by the U.S. Department of Energy, measured the effect of occupational hearing loss and … READ MORE
In a prior post, we highlighted the trend of injured workers becoming addicted to painkilling drugs and using illegal drugs in conjunction with them. This indeed is a dangerous trend affecting workers, and new legislation is being developed to curtail abuse. The Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (also called LifeBOAT) is proposed to provide … READ MORE
It’s not common that we highlight political matters on this blog, but the looming effective date of the new OSHA electronic reporting requirements have stakeholders jockeying for position before Congress. As we noted in a prior post, new rules taking effect on January 1, 2017 will require employers to report severe injuries and hospitalizations electronically. … READ MORE
Injured Workers May Use Illegal Drugs To Get By
26 May 2016 | William J. Kropach
Recovering from a serious workplace injury may be a long process. But for those who are accustomed to being breadwinners and active providers in their households, the road to recovery may be littered with potholes. It is not uncommon for injured workers to cope with the pain and downtime with pain medications prescribed by their … READ MORE
Could High Heels Lead To A Workers’ Comp Claim?
19 May 2016 | William J. Kropach
Those who are fans of Anne Hathaway movies remember the scene in “The Devil Wears Prada” where Hathaway’s character is opposed to don some Italian leather slingback pumps until she is coerced into doing so. In fact, there are many businesses where women are encouraged to wear high heels in order to maintain the motif … READ MORE
In our last post, we highlighted the increasing penalties for failing to report workplace injuries, and how it was a sign that OSHA did not trust that employers would self-report their injuries. Recently OSHA published new and final rules regarding the electronic submission of workers’ injury and illness data. This information is to supplement such … READ MORE
In a prior post, we highlighted OSHA’s the success of OSHA’s new injury reporting protocols. Essentially, employers who had employees who were injured in the course of their duties were required to report certain injuries and all hospitalizations within a 24 hour period. While the reporting protocols were envisioned to be easier because it was … READ MORE
A Cautionary Tale About Scaffolding Violations
29 Apr 2016 | William J. Kropach
In our last post, we highlighted some of the basic, and necessary, steps that contractors must take to ensure workers’ safety when working on scaffolding. This is especially important given how often workers fall and the severity of the injuries that can be sustained. Further, the potential OSHA violations can form the legal basis for … READ MORE
Basic Steps For Preventing Scaffolding Injuries
27 Apr 2016 | William J. Kropach
With the commercial construction boom in Southern California expected to continue, it is increasingly important for builders to know and observe safety rules regarding scaffolds. Essentially, a trained, competent person must supervise workers who are completing projects while on scaffolds. While scaffolding is inherently dangerous, it is surprising how many people do not know how … READ MORE