OSHA Watch

Our editor-in-chief, Glenn Demby, has over 20 years experience in Safety Compliance and OSHA laws & regulations. He has his definitive view on the latest happenings in OSHA across the US, read his unique perspective and invaluable insight in his daily blog, “Compliance Monitor.”

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities can be intense places, and that atmosphere sometimes leads to workers being assaulted by patients and visitors. OSHA recently cited a Pennsylvania hospital after receiving complaints about workers being assaulted on the job.

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Confined spaces, found in a wide variety of work settings, potentially contain a host of hazards. Here are seven statistics to know about these potentially deadly areas.

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Nearly six months after a sanitation worker was fatally pinned between a tree and a garbage truck, the City of Indianapolis has been issued $80,000 in proposed fines.

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OSHA has launched an investigation following a lightning strike that seriously injured several agricultural workers in Colorado.

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During a workplace emergency requiring an evacuation, workers have enough to worry about without considering the possibility that emergency and exit lighting might not operate properly when it is needed.

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A Canton, OH, steel manufacturer has been hammered with $1.1 million in proposed OSHA fines for 24 safety violations, including 15 willful violations. Many of the violations allege fall hazards.

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A mental health services provider has reached a company-wide settlement with OSHA to better protect its workers against workplace violence, after one of its workers was abducted and murdered.
In January 2011, Stephanie Moulton, a 25-year-old residential counselor at a group home in Revere, MA, was …

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Wal-Mart has reached a corporate-wide settlement agreement with OSHA to improve its safety and health practices and training related to trash compactors, cleaning chemicals and hazard communications.

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Chevron has reached an agreement that will see it pay $2 million in fines and restitution with respect to a summer 2012 refinery fire that sent thousands of San Francisco-area residents to hospital with respiratory symptoms.

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Caterpillar Global Mining is incorporating new technology that warns mining truck operators if they are about to fall asleep. The technology tracks operators’ eyes and faces for signs of fatigue and distraction.

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