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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, January 20, 2014

Safety News Briefs - Can An Employee Sue Their Supervisor?

A regular news feature summarizing workplace 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 and articles that came out during the past week. If you have safety news, or safety tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.


Can An Employee Sue Their Supervisor For A Workplace Accident?

An employee reported an unsafe machine to their supervisor.  The supervisor told them to continue working.  Later that day the machine cycled unexpectedly resulting in an injury.  The employee was compensated by worker's comp.  The story in EHS News Safey America reported that:

"In addition to collecting workers’ compensation benefits, the employee went to court to sue her supervisor, personally, for physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by her injury."

"The supervisor asked the court to dismiss the case, claiming that under the state’s workers’ compensation law an employer is generally immune from lawsuits when an employee suffers injuries in a work-related accident. And that immunity extends to supervisors."


Find out what happened - read the article here.


Chemical Safety Board Votes Down European Style Refinery Regulation

As reported in the San Jose Mercury News, in a vote taken last Wednesday the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) rejected a proposal to implement a European style refinery safety system.  The proposal came as a result of the investigation of the Richmond, CA refinery fire.

Read the story here.

Last December the CSB blasted both OSHA and the EPA saying that the regulators responsible for ensuring the safety of refinery operations were not trained adequately and that refinery regulations  needed to be strengthened.


Fire Extinguishers Improve Safety In More Than One Way

Cheryl Arnold works alone in an apartment rental office. One day a service man told her she could use a fire extinguisher to protect herself, and that it would be just as good as having a gun.  So she started to keep a fire extinguisher next to her desk.

RTV6 reports on what happened when a robber walked into her office last week and hit her three times on the head.  Her mace was out of reach, but the fire extinguisher was close by.

Read the story here.



Congress Attempts To Reiterate That OSHA Cannot Regulate Small Farms

KXLO/KLCM (Montana) is reporting that:

"Congress added language to an omnibus appropriations bill expected to pass this week that reaffirms to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that the agency doesn't have authority to expand its regulatory reach to small farms.  OSHA inspectors began inspecting grain bins at farms in 2011 after a memo advised inspectors to begin looking at the safety of grain bins."

The appropriations bill passed the Congress on Wednesday and was passed by the Senate on Thursday.  There is no news concerning whether the provision reaffirming the prohibition on OSHA inspecting small farms was included in the final version of the appropriations bill.

Read the KXLO/KLCM Story Here


Related past posts:
Safety New Briefs - Never Assume Compliance With OSHA Standards
Part Of OSHA HCS Exeeds Authority
OSHA Disputes Senator's Claim

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