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New OSHA Reporting Rule Takes Effect January 1, 2017

Earlier this year, OSHA issued its final rule requiring some employers to electronically submit workplace safety information.  Some of this information will subsequently be made public, meaning that employers and the public will have access to employer-specific data to compare safety performance.  In addition, the final rule expressly contains anti-retaliation measures for workers who...

Key Considerations for Post-Incident Media Response

In today’s world, news of a corporate disaster or fatal injury travels fast.  In less than a minute from the time an incident occurs, media phone calls begin.  There are countless recent examples of how companies have botched initial post-incident communications in such a way that their actions have led to devastating consequences, from inviting political attacks or litigation to...

OSHA Requiring Engineering Controls To Minimize Workers’ Silica Dust Exposure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule targeting silica dust exposure.  The rule reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.  The rule also requires employers to use engineering controls to limit worker exposure, provide respirators when...

Drilling Site Owner Has No Responsibility for Subcontractor’s Worker’s Injuries

The owner of a natural gas drilling site (Company A) won summary judgment against a plaintiff suing for severe injuries incurred after being exposed to significant amounts of dust when a dump truck operated by Company B (a contractor of Company A) allegedly unloaded a large amount of cement too quickly.  The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania concluded...

New Construction Rules Focused on Process Safety Announced By New York City Mayor

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the City would more than quadruple penalties for construction-safety violations in the wake of a crane collapse earlier this month that killed a pedestrian.  The Department of Buildings will enforce the measures, which increase penalties for individual serious safety violations from $2,400 to $10,000.  The new regulations take effect...

2015 Year in Review

Earlier today, we released the 2015 Year in Review, which assembles the 20 posts from last year that received the most reader interest.

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