OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)) standard. The Agency is interested in comments on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy, as well as the evolving technology for robotics. OSHA is requesting information about how employers have been… Continue Reading OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

Jury Awards Track Inspector Whistleblower $1.05M in Damages

Asher TobinIn The News, Rail

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Jury Awards Track Inspector Whistleblower $1.05M in Damages Posted on The National Law Review  Sunday, February 24, 2019 by Jason Zuckerman On February 19th, a Colorado jury awarded Brandon Fresquez $1,050,000 in damages in his FRSA whistleblower retaliation claim against BNSF Railway Company.  The verdict form reveals that the jury awarded $800,000 in emotional distress damages and $250,000 in punitive damages.  This significant win underscores… Continue Reading Jury Awards Track Inspector Whistleblower $1.05M in Damages

Truck Driver Fatalities Rose in 2017

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The 2017 BLS fatality census was released Tuesday December 18th, 2018 at https://www.bls.gov/iif/#News. Below is an article originally posted on Overdrive.  (Overdrive) Truck driver occupational fatalities rose in 2017 to the highest number since at least 2003, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS says the 840 truck drivers killed on the job in… Continue Reading Truck Driver Fatalities Rose in 2017

OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News, Industrial Trades

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OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections  Robinson & Cole LLP These days, it is not uncommon to see drones flying overhead. But employers beware…you might see one during your next workplace inspection. Earlier this year, OSHA issued a memo formalizing its use of drones for inspection activities, and, according to a recent report by Bloomberg Law, it used drones for 9… Continue Reading OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections

Stop Killer Robots – Google, other companies must endorse ban

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release

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Google, other companies must endorse ban Originally posted on www.stopkillerrobots.org Google and its parent company Alphabet are starting to address some ethical concerns raised by the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, but, as yet, have not taken a position on the unchecked use of autonomy and AI in weapon systems. These and other technology companies such as Amazon,… Continue Reading Stop Killer Robots – Google, other companies must endorse ban

BNA- Eight-Year-Old Rule for Crane Operator Safety Still Not Enforced

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News, Press Release

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Eight-Year-Old Rule for Crane Operator Safety Still Not Enforced Posted Aug. 9, 2018, 8:30 AM Bruce Rolfsen – BNA Eight years after OSHA issued its rule to improve construction crane safety key provisions have yet to be enforced because of disagreements over requirements. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s current proposal to rewrite unenforced portions of the rule covering operators… Continue Reading BNA- Eight-Year-Old Rule for Crane Operator Safety Still Not Enforced

ICE Raids at Work May Keep Undocumented Workers Silent on Safety

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ICE Raids at Work May Keep Undocumented Workers Silent on Safety From Occupational Safety & Health Reporter (SM) Workers’ rights groups are connecting a federal worker safety inspection to an immigration raid at an Ohio company—which may make it more difficult for undocumented workers to come forward about workplace safety issues. Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in… Continue Reading ICE Raids at Work May Keep Undocumented Workers Silent on Safety

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Over $1.8 Million in Fines Against a Wisconsin Corn Milling Facility After Fatal Grain Dust Explosion

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OSHA News Release U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Over $1.8 Million in Fines Against a Wisconsin Corn Milling Facility After Fatal Grain Dust Explosion (OSHA) CAMBRIA, WI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $1,837,861 in fines against Didion Milling Inc. following a May 31, 2017, explosion that killed five workers and injured… Continue Reading U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Over $1.8 Million in Fines Against a Wisconsin Corn Milling Facility After Fatal Grain Dust Explosion