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Monday, June 01, 2009

Thinking Outside the Box

An article in Athletic Business summarizes the status of fines related to the death of a Buffalo News sports reporter who fell from steep stairs going up to a press box in a high school stadium.

I originally wrote about this on April 8th in a post titled: "An OSHA Recommendation Run Amok".

Initially state safety regulators fined the school district. Then OSHA stepped in and said that the newspaper should be fined $31,500. And the discussion about what is right continues to swirl on the web.

You can read the Athletic Business article here.

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posted by Steve Hudgik
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Anonymous Jay Rohman said...

Hey Steve! I think the question comes down to whether or not his employer was aware of how unsafe it was for him to get to the pree box. In all likelyhood he had probably mentioned it to them which would make the newspaper an 'exposing employer'. The school was certainly a 'creating employer'.
Jay Rohman

1:09 PM  
Blogger Steve Hudgik said...

Thanks for your comment Jay. I agree. Although I've not seen any information about what the Buffalo newspaper knew or didn't know about this press box, the situation had existed for so long, and such a large number of reporters had used the press box, the difficulty of accessing the press box had to have been known. I'd also guess that for the same reason (its use over a long time by many people, with no problems) complacency existed... no one considered this to be a hazard.

6:38 AM  

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