March 2016 Archives

OSHA ANNOUNCES FINAL RULE ON SILICA DUST

John M. Williams (williams@rwktlaw.com)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced its final rule on respirable silica aimed at protecting American workers from harmful exposure to silica. Crystalline silica has been linked to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other serious health issues.

OSHA FINES PILGRIM'S PRIDE AFTER ACCIDENT IN ALABAMA

Noelle Holladay True (true@rwktlaw.com)

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") has issued citations to Pilgrim's Pride Corp. following the agency's investigation of a workplace accident that occurred at an Alabama poultry plant in September 2015.  The accident occurred when  a machine operator was attempting to reassemble a  chicken-part separating machine when it started unexpectedly, amputating part of his finger.

OSHA CITES HOME BUILDERS ALMOST $145,000

John M. Williams (williams@rwktlaw.com)

Under a Regional Emphasis Program (REP) issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Region IV, OSHA inspectors are emphasizing fall protection in the construction industry. In a recent example of the REP's effects, OSHA cited four contractors in a Florida subdivision for failing to provide adequate fall protection to employees. These Jacksonville contractors were cited for a total of $144,800 in proposed penalties.

MISBEHAVING SUPERVISORS--ARE EMPLOYERS LIABLE FOR THEIR CONDUCT UNDER OSHA?

Melanie Kilpatrick (kilpatrick@rwktlaw.com)

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued a decision clarifying when a supervisor's misconduct is sufficient to establish an employer's knowledge of the misconduct for purposes of proving a violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act ("OSHA").

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