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, December 10, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Week Ending December 8th

A weekly news feature summarizing safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety related news that came out during the week ending December 8th.

OSHA Update: More Employers Being Hit with Whistleblower Complaints

As part of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) increased emphasis on enforcement, all employers should know that whistleblower complaints have been on the rise in recent years — as well as the rewards and protections provided to employees who act as whistleblowers.

The article on the JDSupra web site discusses the increase in whistleblower complaints and then covers the following topics:
  • Overview of OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program
  • OSHA'S Whistleblower Protection Program Is Taking a Hard Look at Employer Safety Incentive Programs
  • Tips to Avoiding Whistleblower Complaints
Read the article in JDSupra

Panel Finds OSHA Lead Exposure Standard Inadequate

A new report from the National Research Council concludes the current OSHA general industry standard for lead exposure, 29 CFR 1910.1025, is not sufficiently protective, given that blood lead levels below what the 34-year-old standard regards as safe are known to cause health problems.

Read the article in Occupational Health and Safety

Jury awards $5.2 million to worker hurt in in fall from ladder

A West Seneca man who suffered serious back injuries when he fell from a ladder in a 2007 workplace accident was awarded $5.2 million in damages this week.

Richard Piotrowski, 26, who worked as a maintenance aide at Seneca Health Care Center, fell to the floor after a misstep on a wobbly ladder, his attorneys said.

Read the story in the Buffalo News

Fall from ladder results in $12 million jury award

A jury awarded more than $12 million to a man who claimed that he sustained brain damage in a workplace accident. The matter dates to June 16, 2007, when Victor Munoz fell off of a ladder while painting the exterior of a Manhattan hotel.

Read the story in PA Work Injury Law

OSHA to update its construction industry standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is issuing a Request for Information to initiate the fourth phase of its Standards Improvement Project (SIP). The purpose of SIP-IV is to improve and streamline existing OSHA construction standards by removing or revising requirements that are confusing or outdated, or that duplicate, or are inconsistent with, other standards. The agency invites the public, including employers, employees, and employee representatives to submit recommendations for revisions to existing construction standards and the rationale for these recommendations.

Read the OSHA press release in Roofing Contractor magazine.

Related past posts:

Safety News Briefs - Week Ending December 1st
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending November 24th
Safety News Briefs - OSHA Rules Put Crimp In News Photos

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