CEO Arrested in Worker’s Death November 18, 2014 No Comments
Authorities in California have arrested a business owner in connection with the death of a worker in a trench in January 2012.
Richard Liu was arrested on a $1 million warrant at the San Francisco airport after flying in from China.
Liu is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Raul Zapata Mercado.
Mercado, a carpenter, [...]
Researchers say the federal government may be seriously undercounting the number of occupational injuries that occur each year.
Michigan State University’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports that in 2012, there were actually 86% more work-related skull fractures in Michigan than reported by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
BLS said in 2012, there were [...]
In a recent court case, a company argued that the law only required it to supply safety devices, not be the “watchdog of careless employees” and make sure they actually use them. Did the court buy that reasoning?
While the provide-versus-use argument involving safety equipment has been argued previously by various courts, it usually involves [...]
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$500 Million Lawsuit Claims Surgical Gowns Don’t Protect Against Ebola November 10, 2014 No Comments
A manufacturer of surgical gowns faces a lawsuit that claims the company knew its product failed impermeability tests for blood and microbes. The lawsuit seeks class action status and more than $500 million in damages.
Law firm Eagan Avenatti filed the lawsuit in a Los Angeles court against Kimberly-Clark Corp.
The suit alleges the company knew [...]
Fact: The last time the U.S. had a Republican Congress and Democratic President (1999-2000), OSHA’s budget actually went up. How did that happen? And, could it happen again?
Here is OSHA’s budget trajectory from 1998 to 2001:
1998: $370 million
1999: $384 million
2000: $408 million
2001: $455 million.
From 1998 to 2001, that’s a 23% increase.
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This week I attended EH&S Today magazine’s Safety Leadership Conference, which may be, by the way, the best kept secret in safety conferences, but an outstanding place to hear from thought leaders in safety talk in depth about some of the emerging challenges to safety. I was, for a change, an attendee and except for [...]
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How Procter & Gamble Cools the Safety vs. Engineering War November 3, 2014 No Comments
“Do Engineering and EHS compete?” Mark Lewandowski asked the health and safety experts crammed into the technology track at EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference.
“Does it ever feel like you’re in a boxing match?” has asked. “Does it seem like a tug-of-war for time, money and resources?”
The crowd offered enthusiastic agreement, fervent nods across the room [...]
The combination of working at heights and failure to de-energize equipment proved tragic for a 28-year-old construction worker. The company responsible must now pay him $21.7 million as the result of a jury verdict.
A Maryland jury awarded the sum to Hugo Hernandez Palomino, who was paralyzed from the neck down after receiving an electric [...]