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You must prove OSHA compliance is impossible

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the power to fine employers that don’t follow workplace safety rules. However, if an employer can show that providing safety measures would be impossible, compliance would not be required.

Don’t assign disciplinary points for reporting injuries

A federal court awarded a machine operator in Wisconsin $100,000 in back wages and compensatory damages after he was fired soon after reporting an on-the-job injury.

Employers step up efforts to quell violence

In a trend that appears to be accelerating, employers in more industries are trying to find practical ways to keep their workers safe from violent attacks.

OSHA launches safety inspections targeting high-risk workplaces

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a new safety crackdown targeting workplaces with high rates of on-the-job injuries.

Lessons from the Courts: October ’18

It might be a good practice to regularly check all your emergency exit doors to ensure that people can escape through them in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Excavator will have to dig deep to pay for safety lapses

El Paso Underground Construction has been cited for failing to protect its employees from trench-collapse hazards.

Watchdog: No confidence OSHA can track workplace injury reports

The federal Office of the Inspector General has issued a scathing report warning that OSHA can offer “no assurance” that employers are complying with workplace injury reporting requirements.

Diabetic drivers approved for commercial interstate runs

A new rule finalized Sept. 19 for the first time allows truck drivers with diabetes to operate commercial vehicles on interstate routes as long as they can prove they carefully monitor and manage the disease.

Hotel panic buttons are sign of #MeToo’s clout

Other than a flurry of anti-harassment training, concrete action to prevent workplace harassment since the #MeToo movement took off has been notably absent—until now.

OSHA offers safety resources for post-hurricane clean-up

If you have employees cleaning up in the wake of Tropical Storm Gordon and Hurricane Florence, make sure they understand the hazards they may encounter and take steps to stay safe, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges.