In-House Inspections Crucial to a Safe Workplace

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When was the last time you or the person responsible for doing so walked around your facility, warehouse, office or other workplace and did a safety inspection? Your Injury and Illness Prevention Program should state that the owner, supervisor or person with authority and responsibility shall conduct monthly workplace safety inspections. To maintain a safe and healthful workplace, OSHA requires that you use the safety standard to help identify hazards that exist now or could develop. You are also required to indicate the frequency of inspections and identify the person responsible for conducting them and correcting unsafe conditions in all…
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Ensure Safe Driving on Rain-Soaked Roads

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Your truck driver can control many things. They can control their steering and where they stop for the night. But, one thing that is out of their hands is the weather. Rain, sleet, hail and wind will all present themselves on different days to make their job more hazardous. The most common bad weather condition is rain, so you need to ensure that your drivers learn how to drive safely in it, and know how to prepare the vehicle for it. Preventative measures before the rain Your vehicles should be prepared for all kinds of weather, before your drivers actually…
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COVID-19 Drives Surge in Employment Practices Claims

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Employers are being hit with a wave of COVID-19-related employment lawsuits, which is starting to have an effect on employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) rates and coverages. A tally by the law firm of Fisher Phillips found that as of August 2021 there had been 2,950 COVID-19-related employment lawsuits filed in the U.S. Most of the complaints concern remote work arrangements, workplace safety and discrimination. Lawyers predict a new wave building as employers get pushback from some employees about their vaccine policies and continuing safety measures. The most common COVID-19-related complaints are: Remote work and leave issues (28% of total)…
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Play It Safe with a Vehicle Fleet Safety Program

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A work-related vehicle accident will cost an employer an average of at least $16,500, according to OSHA. If injuries are involved, that figure can quadruple. If there’s a fatality, you could be looking at costs exceeding half a million dollars. Not to mention the suffering and broken lives that kind of event leaves in its wake. To ensure your employees are safe at all times, and are also protecting the public, you need to have in place: A proper maintenance program for company vehicles, and A safe driving program. Your employees play a key role in the success of both programs….
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Employment-Related Lawsuits Explode during Pandemic

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As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow, so does the number of employment-related lawsuits filed by workers across the country against their employers. The pandemic laid the groundwork for new local, state and federal laws and regulations governing a number of workplace issues like workplace safety, family and medical leave and remote work. And it created new challenges for employers who were forced to close operations, lay off and furlough workers and organize new work arrangements. Most common employment-related lawsuits The surge resulted in a record number of COVID-19-related class-action lawsuits, the majority of them concerning disputes over:…
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Cal/OSHA Conducts COVID-19 Sweeps, Proposes Huge Fines

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Cal/OSHA COVID-19 inspections and subsequent fines have caught some employers off guard. The agency has been conducting sweeps of employers in California to root out those who are not protecting their workers from COVID-19 exposure. Cal/OSHA has targeted companies in industries that have a heightened risk of exposure to the coronavirus, which resulted in 11 citations being issued. While Cal/OSHA has been inspecting facilities since April for COVID-19-related infractions, the recent sweeps are part of a new targeted and ongoing enforcement effort that California employers should be aware of. Cal/OSHA COVID-19 inspections & fines issued For an example of what’s at…
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Raft of Bills Would Add New Coronavirus Measures

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The California Legislature is working on a number of new measures to protect workers in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures take aim at “holes” in the system that may leave employees who contract the coronavirus on the job without workers’ compensation benefits, footing higher utility bills because of working at home and needing sick leave time available to them should they contract the disease. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would work closely with legislators to help the measures become law. Below we look at the legislative moves that have gained the most traction and are supported by…
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Protect Your Business from Being Hacked by Employees

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While hacking by outsiders is posing a larger and more significant threat to companies of all sizes, the threat of insider jobs – particularly being hacked by employees or disgruntled former employees – is often a bigger one. These attacks, carried out with malicious intent to hamstring a company’s operations, can cause serious problems. Recent Examples A former employee of Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp. is facing charges after employees began reporting that they were unable to process routine transactions and were receiving error messages after he resigned, due to allegedly being passed over for a promotion.The mayhem cost his…
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Serious Injury Reporting to Cal/OSHA

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Failure to report or reporting of a serious workplace injury or illness or death can land an employer a civil penalty of not less than $5,000 under the California Labor Code. If you have employees, you need to understand the procedures for reporting these incidents and what you need to report. What Is A Serious Injury? Cal/OSHA defines an employee’s serious injury or illness as: One that requires inpatient hospitalization for a period in excess of 24 hours for other than medical observation. A loss of a body part. A serious, permanent disfigurement. When Must I Report A Serious Injury?…
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Lockout/Tagout Training Essential in Any Shop with Equipment

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Every year, hundreds of workers in the United States die because they don’t follow lockout/tagout procedures or their employers did not have them in place – or, if they did, failed to enforce their rules. Failure to train or inadequate training is one of the top-cited lockout/tagout violations by Cal/OSHA. Improper training or failing to train all of your workers can have dire consequences, even for staff that are trained in procedures. In this past year in California, two workers died because of inadequate training. One died on the job at a nut cannery because he had missed lockout/tagout training when…
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