- Help Injured Employees Make Wise Choices About Coming Back to Work – Safety BLR: Approaching an employee’s return to work can be tricky when balancing risk and reward. However, there are several tips employers can take to manage an employee’s return to work, such as implementing an employee resource group to encourage personnel to work together to address health and safety-related workplace issues.
- OSHA Review Commission (OSHRC) Announces New E-File System – The National Law Review: The U.S. Occupational Health & Safety Review Commission (OSHRC) will be implementing a new e-filing system and service of litigation documents, which aim to modernize the agency as a whole and boost efficiency in case docketing. Instead of filing by mail, fax or email, parties will be able to file pleadings through the new online system.
Supplier Violations and Fines
- FL Contractor Slapped with $200K OSHA Fine for Fall Protection Violations – Construction DIVE: OSHA has recently issued a Florida contractor one repeated, one serious and two willful citations, fining the company $199,100 for unsafe fall protection and ladder safety practices. According to OSHA, the official inspections began after two investigators noticed the contractor’s employees on two separate St. Augustine-area sites installing roofing sheathing without fall protection.
- TimkenSteel Cited After Worker Death – EHS Today: Normal oxygen levels in the atmosphere range between 20 to 21 percent, but when another gas (such as nitrogen) is introduced, levels can be depleted which can lead to oxygen-deficiency and subsequently death. This was seen in the recent case of Canton, Ohio-based TimkenSteel.
- Trench Safety Hazards Lead to $121K in Fines for Austin Contractors – Insurance Journal: Two Austin, Texas, construction contracting firms are facing more than $121,000 in combined fines for workplace safety violations involving trenching hazards. The serious violations resulted from the firms failing to support and cover utility lines in the trench, not protecting employees from loose rock or soil, and for not providing guardrails on walkways over the trench.