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Cal/OSHA Reforms Reduce Burdens, Preserve Level of Safety

Cal/OSHA Reforms Reduce Burdens, Preserve Level of Safety In the flurry of legislative activity last year aimed at improving California's economic competitiveness, some significant reforms involving Cal/OSHA requirements have received less attention than they are due. The reforms signed by Governor Wilson significantly reduce the burdens on businesses-without reducing safety-by focusing efforts on safety rather [...]

2017-05-31T11:05:54+00:00May 31st, 2017|citation, defense, OSHA, violation|Comments Off on Cal/OSHA Reforms Reduce Burdens, Preserve Level of Safety

OSHA delays effective date for enforcing employees’ rights to report workplace injuries, illnesses

OSHA delays effective date for enforcing employees’ rights to report workplace injuries, illnesses WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is delaying enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Originally scheduled to begin Aug. 10, 2016, [...]

2016-07-13T20:48:40+00:00July 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on OSHA delays effective date for enforcing employees’ rights to report workplace injuries, illnesses

LA Paid Sick Leave

L.A.’s Paid Sick Leave amendment included a posting requirement, now available as part of a brand new L.A. Minimum Wage notice. In 2015, Los Angeles enacted a new minimum wage ordinance (MWO) and required a posting by July 1, 2016. After L.A. released the required minimum wage notice, the City amended their minimum wage law [...]

2016-07-06T15:59:05+00:00July 6th, 2016|occupational safety, OSHA|Comments Off on LA Paid Sick Leave

What Triggers an Inspection?

What Triggers an Inspection? OSHA can initiate a job site inspection for various reasons. Inspections are conducted according to the following priority schedule. Imminent Danger. Responding to situations of imminent danger is OSHA's highest priority. Imminent danger is a situation that is likely to cause death or serious physical harm. If a compliance officer witnesses any situation they consider [...]

2016-06-25T02:15:57+00:00June 27th, 2016|Appeal, inspection, OSHA|Comments Off on What Triggers an Inspection?

New OSHA Electronic Reporting – Target on Employers’ Backs?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirement that employers file injury and illness reports regularly was originally intended to provide the agency with useful statistical information to guide its activities. Recently issued rules require those reports be filed electronically and made public on the Internet with the declared purpose of embarrassing employers, while at [...]

2016-06-07T05:23:21+00:00June 7th, 2016|OSHA|Comments Off on New OSHA Electronic Reporting – Target on Employers’ Backs?

Heat Stress Fines

I recently had a client that was visited by OSHA. No accident or complaint occurred. When OSHA came to their work site, amongst other citations, they cited them for lack of a heat stress written plan. I've been handling OSHA appeals now for a few years. Typically, when OSHA sets fines for lack of documentation, they [...]

2017-05-30T13:33:29+00:00May 2nd, 2016|Appeal, citation, defense, fines, OSHA, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Heat Stress Fines

Paper Mill Death

OSHA Seeks $119k in Fines Following Paper Mill Death The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking $119,000 in fines from a Ladysmith, WI paper mill after a man was killed while servicing a high-speed conveyor belt last October, the agency announced on Monday. A 46-year-old man was injured at the mill [...]

2016-04-26T16:18:37+00:00April 26th, 2016|Appeal, citation, defense, fines, OSHA|Comments Off on Paper Mill Death

New reporting requirements now in effect

As of January 1, 2015: All employers* must report: All work-related fatalities within 8 hours Within 24 hours, all work-related: Inpatient hospitalizations Amputations Losses of an eye How to Report Incident Call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) Call your nearest OSHA area office, during normal business hours Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, there is a change to what covered [...]

2015-01-02T16:02:57+00:00January 2nd, 2015|Appeal, citation, defense, fines, OSHA|Comments Off on New reporting requirements now in effect

OSHA Fines Company for Heat Stress

OSHA Fines Company for Heat Stress The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed to fine Eaton Corp. $7,000 for allowing an employee to be overcome by excessive heat at the company's plant in Kearney. Eaton spokesman Jim Michels says the company has cooperated with the agency's investigation, but the facts don't fit the [...]

2017-05-30T13:34:27+00:00December 17th, 2014|citation, fines, inspection, investigation, OSHA, violation|Comments Off on OSHA Fines Company for Heat Stress