DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Week Ending October 20th

A weekly news feature summarizing safety related news.

Teenager killed by unplugged computer

The Kansas City Star recently reported a Shawnee, KS, teenager was fatally shocked while working on an unplugged computer. According to police, he was parting out the machine and was working inside the power supply when electrocuted.

Read this story in Broadcast Engineering to learn some excellent tips for responding to electrical injuries (click here).

Mark Alvis Inc. settles whistleblower complaint for $30,000

It was earlier reported that when trucking company Mark Alvis asked an employee to remove their belongings from a truck, that a representative from Mark Alvis said that the employee quit.  (See OSHA press release.) The employee claimed they were fired. OSHA sided with the employee and ordered Mark Avis, Inc. to pay the employee $180,000.  A settlement for $30,000 has been reached.

Read the story in Land line.

Farm workers sue California regulators over heat rules

The United Farm Workers of America filed suit against California's work safety division last week, alleging that state regulators aren't enforcing heat regulations. An ongoing lawsuit filed in 2009 alleged similar violations in earlier years. At least 14 farmworkers have died of heat-related causes since 2005 when California adopted the nation's first rules requiring shade and water for the state's 450,000 farmworkers. There were three confirmed heat-related fatalities in 2008, none in 2009, one in 2010 and one last year. Four deaths this summer are being investigated.

Connecticut dentist ordered to pay fine resulting from cold reception area

A Danbury dentist has been ordered by federal authorities to pay more than $24,000 in back wages to an employee who was fired within days after filing a complaint with OSHA.  Court documents say the employee filed an electronic complaint with OSHA on Jan. 16, 2011, about "what she experienced to be extremely cold working conditions" in the front office and waiting area of the pediatric dental practice.

Read the story in the News Times.

Related Past Posts:
Safety News Briefs - Worker Insomnia
Safety News Briefs - 7 Worst Emergency Planning Mistakes
Safety News Briefs - Worker Tested Positive For Cocaine

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