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|Expert's Opinion Calculating Benzene Exposure Tossed As Unreliable|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
May 20, 2015, previously published on May 19, 2015Last 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...
|House Democrats Signal Willingness to Compromise on MSHA Subpoena Authority|
Henry Chajet, Bradford T. Hammock, Mark Savit; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
May 20, 2015, previously published on May 15, 2015Democrats 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.
|The Heat is On: What Employers Can Do to Protect Employees from Heat-Related Illness|
Tressi L. Cordaro, Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
May 14, 2015, previously published on May 4, 2015As 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...
|Go Directly To Jail. Do Not Pass Go. Pay $250,000|
Steven A.A. Dollansky; McLennan Ross LLP;
May 14, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015An 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...
|OSHA Announces Final Rule for Confined Spaces in Construction|
John F. Martin, Shontell D. Powell; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
May 13, 2015, previously published on May 6, 2015On 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...
|Ninth Circuit Overturns Summary Judgment Issued in Favor of Employer in Retaliation Case|
Jill V. Cartwright; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
May 13, 2015, previously published on May 4, 2015Lukov 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...
|NOM-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;
May 7, 2015, previously published on April 2015On 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.
|OSHA Announces Request for Information on Communication Tower Safety|
John F. Martin; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
April 30, 2015, previously published on April 20, 2015On 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,...
|New Mandatory Working at Heights Training|
Maria Kotsopoulos; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
April 28, 2015, previously published on April 21, 2015On 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:
|EU Classification and Labeling Rules for Mixtures Effective June 2015|
Ales Bartl, Gyongyi David, Francoise S. Labrousse, Holger Neumann, Ursula Schliessner; Jones Day;
April 24, 2015, previously published on April 1, 2015On 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").