Workplace Safety


OSHA Final Rule to Lower Beryllium Levels

WASHINGTON – A new rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration dramatically lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a strategically important material that can cause devastating lung diseases. The new beryllium standards for general industry, construction and shipyards will require employers to take additional, practical Read the full article…


Financial Goals Directly Impact Employee Safety

According to an article in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, financial goals may be more important than employee safety. New research examines the impact of meeting financial goals in a company and higher injury/illness rates. UCLA Anderson of Management Associate Professor of Accounting, Judson Caskey, and UT Jindal School of Read the full article…

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Transport Company-Wide Forklift Hazards to be Corrected, Safety Protocols Improved

BOSTON, MA – For several years, inspections by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identified a disturbing pattern of defective forklifts being used to move, handle, load and unload freight in at least 11 Central Transport LLC shipping terminals in nine states. Their use exposed employees Read the full article…


OSHA’s New Safety and Health Recommended Practices in Construction

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction to help industry employers develop proactive programs to keep their workplaces safe. The recommendations may be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized contractors who lack safety and health specialists on staff. Read the full article…


Trench Collapses Have Killed 23 Workers Since January

The agency recently reported three separate incidents involving improperly-secured trenches, highlighting the dangers workers face when excavating. The first incident, which occurred in June 2016, resulted in a worker’s death. The agency cited KRW Plumbing $274,359 after a 33-year-old employee was crushed to death as he was digging soil out Read the full article…


California’s Nonfatal Worker Injuries, Illnesses Remain Stable for 2015

Oakland, CA — The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted California’s 2015 occupational injury and illness summary data on employer-reported injuries. According to the estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), California’s overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses Read the full article…


South Eastern States With Highest Rates of Work-Related Deaths

At the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), researchers and funded partners study the causes of work-related deaths within various industries, occupations, and regions to inform prevention efforts. Approximately 12 U.S. workers on average die each day from a work-related injury, with 4,821 U.S. workers dying in 2014 Read the full article…