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OSHA’s Initial Deadline for Form 300A Electronic Reporting Delayed

OSHA is proposing to extend the initial submission deadline for reporting 2016 Form 300A data from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017.  OSHA will separately seek comment on other proposals to reconsider, revise, or remove certain provisions of the proposed injury and illness reporting rule.  The delay in the initial submission deadline occurred because the data collection system, which...

Injured Railroad Workers Cannot Sue Railroad in State Where Injury Did Not Occur and Where They Do Not Live

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier today that the Montana Supreme Court incorrectly asserted personal jurisdiction over a railroad in two cases regarding on-the-job injuries. Even though both suits were pursued in Montana state courts, neither of the injured workers resided in Montana and neither were injured in Montana. Montana’s Supreme Court predicated its finding of personal...

Practical Implications for Energy Companies of Trump Administration’s Use of Congressional Review Act

Upon taking office with the promise to reduce regulations, the new administration and the U.S. Congress used the Congressional Review Act to repeal 14 “midnight” regulations passed by the previous administration.  Of the 14 repealed regulations, there are three that are of note for companies involved in mining operations domestically, in oil and gas exploration abroad, or who are...

Judge Strikes Expert Report Containing OSHA Policy Interpretation

On Wednesday, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio granted summary judgment to the owner of a slag plant in a case brought by a worker who sustained serious injuries from falling off an unguarded screen deck in a tower. Summary judgment became possible once the court decided to exclude the testimony of the plaintiff’s primary expert witness. The proffered...

Minors’ Involvement Affords Insight into Settlement Numbers for Fatality at Geothermal Plant

Settlement numbers in wrongful death cases are not often discernible given the confidentiality of most agreements, but where minors are involved, numbers generally are placed into the public record because of the court’s required settlement approval process.  Such was the case yesterday in a California wrongful death case arising from a workplace fatality when a worker fell into...

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