Starting January 1, 2015, OSHA’s recordkeeping rules will undergo a change to two key provisions.

One, a number of industries that were previously not required to keep OSHA injury and illness records will now have to maintain a log to comply with OSHA standards, and two, the list of severe work-related injuries and hospitalizations that must be reported to OSHA
Continue Reading Webinar on OSHA Recordkeeping: Civil and Criminal Liabilities in 2015

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

In a stunning finding, after public hearings, OSHA has concluded, based on “many stakeholders expressed concern,” that its illness reporting requirements proposal “could motivate employers to under-record injuries and illnesses.” 79 Fed. Reg. 47605 (August 14, 2014).

As we noted in an earlier blog (OSHA Shame Game Continues: Its Plan to
Continue Reading In Stunning Finding OSHA Concludes that Record Keeping Proposal Could Motivate Employers to Under-Record Injuries and Illnesses

By James L. Curtis, Kerry M. Mohan, and Craig B. Simonsen

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced yesterday that it will extend the comment period thirty days, to March 8, 2014, on its proposed rule to “improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses.” 79 Fed. Reg. 778 (January 7, 2014).

As we
Continue Reading Comment Period Extended for OSHA’s Proposed Rule to Publish Injury Rates For Employers With Over 250 Employees

By Mark A. Lies, II, Kerry M. Mohan, and Craig B. Simonsen

A former safety manager at a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Nuclear Site was sentenced to 78 months in prison for major fraud.

The safety manager had allegedly hidden over 80 injuries to obtain over $2.5 million in safety bonuses. He was convicted at trial in November 2012,
Continue Reading False Injury Logs Can Do More Than Lead to OSHA Citations: Safety Manager Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Major Fraud