September 3, 2015

OSHA unveils high penalty map

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The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created a new webpage to identify high penalty cases in all U.S. states and territories. We hope this new resource will be helpful in your reporting on OSHA cases and initiatives. The map, which can be viewed at www.osha.gov/topcases/bystate.html, lists all enforcement cases with initial [...]

OSHA explains process of whistleblower resolution

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WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued policies and procedures* for applying a new process for resolving whistleblower disputes. The new process is an early resolution process that is to be used as part of a regional Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. The ADR program offers whistleblower parties the opportunity to negotiate a settlement [...]

OSHA proposes rulemaking clarifying workplace injury and illness record-keeping requirements

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Washington, D.C. - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that clarifies an employer’s continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness throughout the five-year period during which the employer is required to keep the records. “Accurate records are not simply paperwork, but have an [...]

OSHA warns of heat illness in outdoor workers

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HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. Employers are responsible for providing workplaces that are safe from excessive heat. What is heat illness? The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high [...]

OSHA finds BNSF violated whistleblower protections

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SEATTLE, Wash. – North America’s second-largest freight railroad, Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC, must reinstate a train conductor and pay the man $536,063 in back pay, damages and attorney’s fees after a federal investigation found the rail operator retaliated against its employee after reporting a knee injury. BNSF filed disciplinary charges against the conductor after he [...]

GBW railcar services faces OSHA fines

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Two workers endured several weeks of skin graft surgery and physical therapy after suffering second-degree burns when gas vapors exploded in a railcar in December 2014 at GBW Railcar Services LLC. The car was being prepared for cleaning when an electric heater ignited the flammable gas. Seven other workers were treated for injuries and released [...]

OSHA unveils new “It’s the Law” poster

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To help ensure that workers have a voice in their workplaces and the protection they deserve, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration unveiled a new version of its “Job Safety and Health – It’s The Law!” poster. The poster informs workers of their rights, and employers of their responsibilities. “This poster emphasizes a very important [...]

UP retaliates against another injured worker

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An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has determined that management of the Union Pacific Railroad added insult to injury when it blamed a worker in Roseville who was hurt on-the-job and then retaliated against him for reporting his injury in February 2011. Investigators established that Union Pacific violated [...]

UP again violates Federal Railroad Safety Act

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More than 200 whistleblower complaints against railroad since 2001 NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – For the third time since 2011, the Union Pacific Railroad has violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act at its yard in North Platte by disciplining employees who reported workplace injuries and sought medical attention, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and [...]

OSHA seeks nominations for Whistleblower committee

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WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that nominations are being accepted for members to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. OSHA is accepting nominations for six members to serve on the 12-member committee for a two-year term. The six positions will become vacant Dec. 1, 2015. Nominations will be accepted [...]