OSHA and Intoxicated Workers

Is the intoxicated worker’s injury exempt from reporting ?. . . No! In a March 21, 2016 letter of interpretation, OSHA determined that an intoxicated worker’s injury is not exempt from reporting under the work-related exception in Section 1904.5(b)(2)(vi). According to a personal injury attorney, section 1904.5(b)(2)(vi) states “You are not required to record injuries and illnesses if the injury … Read More

OSHA Penalties to Increase Dramatically

The new bipartisan budget passed by both the House and Senate, and signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015, will increase the penalties issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the first time in over 25 years. Typically, federal agencies are able to raise their fines every year to keep pace with inflation but there was … Read More

New OSHA Rule for Confined Spaces in Construction

Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) added a new rule to provide increased protections to construction workers working in confined spaces on construction projects. Confined spaces are things such as bins, pits, manholes, crawl spaces, sewers, HVAC ducts, tanks, etc. The new confined spaces standards went into effect on August 3, 2015. Although currently in effect, OSHA … Read More