Every year, thousands of workers across the United States are killed on the job — 4,679 in 2014 alone. Thousands more are seriously injured. Many of these deaths and injuries are entirely preventable when employers put in place basic safety measures. Some even result from company policies and practices that encourage and reward behavior that creates unacceptably risky conditions.
An 18-year-old man lost his life just three months after starting work for Lunda Construction Company. The carpenter's apprentice was mixing concrete for the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge resurfacing project when a rough-terrain forklift struck and killed him.
A popular Washington, D.C. hotel has come under fire for exposing its employees to hazards ranging from falls to potentially harmful chemicals. In response to a complaint, OSHA inspectors conducted an investigation at the Wardman Hotel LLC, doing business as Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, and found:
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A campaign by some of America’s biggest companies to “opt out” of state workers’ compensation — and write their own plans for dealing with injured workers — was dealt a major blow Friday when an Oklahoma commission ruled the alternative system unconstitutional.
Suit seeks back wages, damages for violations of the OSH Act
March 8, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Lear Corp., doing business as Renosol Seating LLC, and three of its managers for suspending and terminating employees who reported workplace hazards in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
An adventurous young man takes a big risk, and pays the price. One big standard probably won’t come to fruition in 2016. And a horrific workplace injury uncovers a host of hazards. These were among the top stories posted on ISHN.com this week.