September 2013 Archives

Federal program honors safe workplaces

In a recent post, we discussed the On-site Consultation Program. Offered by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the program functions as an incentive to small business owners. However, the program may benefit both employer and employee alike. By taking proactive safety measures -- usually offered in the form of free advice by an OSHA official -- small business owners might avoid costly fines by OSHA inspectors.

Construction accident prompts investigation by Cal/OSHA

The machinery and technology on construction sites continue to become more advanced. Drivers or pedestrians that pass by construction workers might see them in towering machines or walking on scaffolding at great heights.

OSHA investigates an alleged securities law violation

State and federal workplace safety regulations are intended to be preventive in nature, shielding workers from foreseeable dangers and occupational hazards. Routine inspections by official from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration also help achieve that policy goal. Finally, whistleblowing or other protections may be available to workers who report potentially unsafe conditions or safety violations to OSHA officials, as today’s story illustrates.

Silica dust safety rules may be outdated, unsafe for workers

Exposure to particulates in the workplace can pose a health risk to workers. A century ago, grain mills without adequate ventilation technology may have exposed workers to unhealthy levels of flour dust, resulting in a condition commonly referred to as white lung. The modern equivalent turns out to be silica dust.

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