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HTMLExpert's Opinion Calculating Benzene Exposure Tossed As Unreliable
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 20, 2015, previously published on May 19, 2015
Last Thursday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana excluded the plaintiff’s proposed expert in an alleged benzene exposure case on the grounds that his methodologies used for calculating benzene exposure were unreliable. The plaintiff was the surviving spouse of an...

 

HTMLHouse Democrats Signal Willingness to Compromise on MSHA Subpoena Authority
Henry Chajet, Bradford T. Hammock, Mark Savit; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 20, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives want to hand subpoena authority to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, and appear willing to try to pass mine safety amendments to reach a bargain.

 

HTMLThe Heat is On: What Employers Can Do to Protect Employees from Heat-Related Illness
Tressi L. Cordaro, Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 14, 2015, previously published on May 4, 2015
As a cold winter finally comes to an end, many of us look forward to summertime warmth. But sun and heat can spell danger for workers who are exposed to soaring temperatures and a rising heat index. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), thousands of...

 

HTMLGo Directly To Jail. Do Not Pass Go. Pay $250,000
Steven A.A. Dollansky; McLennan Ross LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 14, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015
An Ontario court has sentenced two corporate directors to jail time and fined the company $250,000 when a worker was killed after falling from an elevated platform tacked on to the forks of a forklift. The sentence comes despite the director's decision to plead guilty to the charges and the company...

 

HTMLOSHA Announces Final Rule for Confined Spaces in Construction
John F. Martin, Shontell D. Powell; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 13, 2015, previously published on May 6, 2015
On May 1, 2015, Dr. David Michaels, the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher P. Lu announced the issuance of OSHA’s long-awaited Confined Spaces in Construction standard. Prior to issuing this new standard, OSHA had one...

 

HTMLNinth Circuit Overturns Summary Judgment Issued in Favor of Employer in Retaliation Case
Jill V. Cartwright; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 13, 2015, previously published on May 4, 2015
Lukov v. Schindler Elevator Corp., No. 12-17695 (February 24, 2015): In an unpublished decision, the Ninth Circuit recently overturned summary judgment granted to an employer on the plaintiff’s retaliation claims. William Lukov worked as an elevator mechanic for Schindler Elevator...

 

HTMLNOM-006-STPS-2014 on Health and Safety Conditions in the Handling and Warehousing of Materials Takes Effect in Mexico
Israel Garcia, Mauricio E. Llamas C., Mauricio Villegas, Jose Carlos de Uriarte; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
May 7, 2015, previously published on April 2015
On March 11, 2015, NOM-006-STPS-2014, "Handling and Warehousing of Materials—Health in the Workplace and Safety Conditions" ("NOM-006") came into effect in Mexico, replacing existing NOM-006-STPS-2000.

 

HTMLOSHA Announces Request for Information on Communication Tower Safety
John F. Martin; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 30, 2015, previously published on April 20, 2015
On April 15, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published in the Federal Register a Request for Information (RFI) on Communication Tower Safety. The agency requests that the communication tower industry and the general public send in comments and information by June 15, 2015,...

 

HTMLNew Mandatory Working at Heights Training
Maria Kotsopoulos; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 28, 2015, previously published on April 21, 2015
On April 1, 2015, mandatory working at heights training came into effect under the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training Regulation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for workers on construction sites using any of the following methods of fall protection:

 

HTMLEU Classification and Labeling Rules for Mixtures Effective June 2015
Ales Bartl, Gyongyi David, Francoise S. Labrousse, Holger Neumann, Ursula Schliessner; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 24, 2015, previously published on April 1, 2015
On June 1, 2015, new rules take effect for the classification and labeling ("C&L") of hazardous chemicals and mixtures distributed in the European Union ("EU").

 


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