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  • Authorities have arrested a psychiatric center employee on charges he defrauded the workers’ compensation system while kayaking on a Caribbean vacation.  Ryan Haley of Rome, NY, is a security hospital treatment assistant at Central New York Psychiatric Center and claimed an October 2015 work-related back injury. In 2016, Haley took a vacation in Puerto Rico […] [MORE]

  • Saying it “demonstrated indifference towards the safety of their employees,” OSHA has issued $1,523,710 in fines to a Florida construction company.  Roofing contractor Great White Construction Inc., based in Jacksonville, faces 14 violations. On Feb. 3, 2017, an OSHA inspector observed employees working on a multi-story building in St. Augustine without using proper fall protection. […] [MORE]

  • Safety plans and safety programs are an important part of every company. The programs are more than a government requirement, but a way to prevent employee injury and illness. By protecting workers, you protect a valuable company asset, as well as prevent production downtime and the cost of lost-time hours. Have you created your company’s […] [MORE]

  • As an Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) professional, you create custom safety programs for your company. Training and preparing for inspections aren’t just about teaching employees the rules. Safety violations happen even when workers know the rules and the penalties. So how do you create a culture of safety? By making sure the employees not […] [MORE]

  • Two years ago, OSHA issued 24 violations with $822,000 in fines to a small employer after an employee lost three fingers in a machine. On appeal, a judge has significantly reduced the penalty.  Following the Occupational Safety and Health Commission (OSHRC) ruling, Lloyd Industries of Montgomeryville, PA, now owes $209,500 in OSHA fines. In 2014, […] [MORE]

  • The employer in this case said an injured worker refused a drug and alcohol test after an injury. The worker, who had yet to receive treatment for back pain, waited 90 minutes for people qualified to give the test before he left for the hospital. Can he get workers’ comp?  Travon McCall worked as a […] [MORE]