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August 2016 Archives

Wisconsin shipyard faces litigation under Safe Place statute

In a recent post, we mentioned a shipyard in Superior, Wisconsin which is facing hefty fines following an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration which resulted in 14 violations. As we noted, the violations included exposing workers to lead, each instance of which was deemed willful and egregious, as well as asbestos.

Do you work in a "Most dangerous job?"

A recent report detailed the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. for 2016. The list contains both expected jobs and a few that you might not expect. The list was compiled from statistics gathered from a variety of federal sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Shipyard exposes workers to toxic lead paint

When it comes to some diseases or medical conditions, some employers may plead ignorance. A story from last year in Wisconsin involving workers exposed to toxic levels of gases from roasted coffee might have been such a situation. The chemical which caused the issue, is the same one that led to the deadly condition known as "popcorn lung," was little-known and not well understood in the coffee roasting business.

OSHA's Focus Four: don't let them become the Fatal Four

Construction workers always face danger in their jobs. The job of constructing virtually anything is dangerous, as it almost always requires heavy equipment, working in exposed positions, dangerous tools, interaction with electricity and the movement of earth, concrete, steel and rock.

Enough bad judgment to go around

Small businesses are inherently much more nimble than large corporations are. Decisions can be made quickly and because the owner, manager and employees may all know each other very well, the business may have a genuine interest in the well-being of its employees. In a large corporation, there may be much talk of teamwork, but it is unlikely that most of the upper-level managers have ever met many of their employees.

A word about third-party lawsuits in the context of workplace injury

We've previously mentioned on this blog that workers' compensation is, generally speaking, the sole remedy available to injured workers. We've also noted that a worker may have his or her workers' compensation award either increased or decreased depending on whether the employer took reasonable steps to keep workers safe or whether the employee did something wrong, such as fail to follow established safety rules.

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