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HTMLTo Err is Human: Human Error and Workplace Safety
Christopher Adams, Anne Davies; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 16, 2015, previously published on July 16, 2015
A worker installing a robot at a Volkswagen ('VW') production plant in Germany was killed last week when it grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate. According to a VW spokesman, initial conclusions indicate human error was to blame.

 

HTMLOSHA Issues New Guidance for Healthcare Entities
John D. Surma; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2015, previously published on July 10, 2015
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”), 2013 statistics demonstrate that healthcare workers have a rate of work-related illness and injury that is nearly twice as high as the overall rate seen in private industry.1 In the last five years, OSHA has issued...

 

HTMLOSHA Adopts Expanded Enforcement against Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Residential Care Facilities
Carla J. Gunnin, Avidan Meyerstein, Alka Ramchandani, Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 7, 2015, previously published on July 2, 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a new and stricter enforcement policy for the healthcare industry, promising to crack down on the most common hazards in hospitals, nursing homes, and residential care facilities. The new federal enforcement policy, which OSHA expects...

 

HTMLNew OSHA Focus on Healthcare Industry
Jason C. Taylor; McConnaughhay, Duffy, Coonrod, Pope,Weaver, Stern & Thomas P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 30, 2015
Periodically, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) will issue updated guidance to it investigators to focus on what it considers key employee risks. On June 25, 2015, OSHA issued a memorandum, located at...

 

HTMLFarm Manager Convicted of Manslaughter
Christopher Adams, Anne Davies, Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 24, 2015
The manager of a fruit farm in Hampshire has been convicted of gross negligence manslaughter after the deaths in February 2013 of two workers sent into a nitrogen gas-filled container to retrieve apples whilst holding their breath. Although on holiday at the time, Andrew Stocker had allowed and...

 

HTMLIt's Not a Rule, But...OSHA's Guidance on Transgender Restroom Issues
Jason C. Taylor; McConnaughhay, Duffy, Coonrod, Pope,Weaver, Stern & Thomas P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 12, 2015
Recently, OSHA formed an alliance with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) to raise awareness for issues related to transgender employees (The agreement can be seen at https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/ncte/ncte&under;20150427&under;final.html). Among the key issues associated...

 

HTMLDespite Fewer Citations Issued Since 2008, the Percentage of “Significant and Substantial” Citations Is Holding Steady
Margaret S. Lopez; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2015, previously published on June 3, 2015
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently released mining industry and enforcement data that reflects noteworthy changes the industry has experienced over the last six years. Of particular significance in the data from an enforcement perspective is the fact that, while the overall...

 

HTMLWorkplace Safety and Health Update Week of May 25, 2015
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 16, 2015, previously published on May 28. 2015
We are pleased to bring you our Workplace Safety and Health Update. With experienced OSHA and MSHA attorneys located strategically throughout the nation, Jackson Lewis is uniquely positioned to serve all of an employer’s workplace safety and health needs.

 

HTMLOSHA Issues a Transgender Bathroom Usage Guidance
Breazeale Sachse Wilson L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 16, 2015, previously published on June 4, 2015
In short, the Guidance states that employers should allow the employee in question to determine which restroom provides the "most appropriate and safest option for him-or herself." The guidance also provides some best practices, including that the employer allow, but not require,...

 

HTMLOSHA Issues Guidance on Restroom Access for Transgender Employees
John F. Martin; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 16, 2015, previously published on June 10, 2015
On June 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its publication of new guidance on best practices regarding transgender employees’ bathroom access. The announcement comes after the National Center for Transgender Equality formed an alliance with OSHA and...

 


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