occupational safety News

McDonald’s Employees’ Suit Claims Store Redesign Abets Workplace Violence

McDonald’s Corp. employees on Thursday sued the fast food giant and several of its franchisees in Chicago over a store redesign that staffers say has made it easier for angry customers to leap over the counter and attack them. The …

OSHA Proposes 18 Changes to Safety Standards to Reduce Employer Costs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing 18 changes to the agency’s recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards. The agency estimates that proposed revisions could save employers an estimated $3.2 million per year. Among them are changes that …

6 Vermont Firms Lauded for Workplace Safety

Six Vermont companies are being honored for their efforts to promote workplace safety. The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety — the highest such award in the state — goes annually to recipients in six categories. Bio Tek Instruments of …

Safety Inspections Don’t Hurt Businesses; Do Lower Workers’ Comp Costs: Study

Random inspections of U.S. industrial workplaces lower the risk of workers being injured on the job and have no measurable negative effect on the companies inspected, according to a study in the journal Science. Companies chosen for random inspections by …

Study: California Workplace Safety Program Only Superficially Enforced

An occupational safety program that requires California businesses to eliminate workplace hazards only works when it’s adequately enforced. That revelation comes from Santa Monica, Calif.-based think tank RAND Corp., which recently released a study evaluating the California Injury and Illness …

Wyoming Governor Backs Workplace Safety Recommendations

The state’s occupational epidemiologist who spent a year studying the high rate of workplace deaths in Wyoming said his research points to lack of a “culture of safety” in Wyoming. Dr. Timothy Ryan said in a report to Gov. Matt …

Massey Criticizes Federal Report on West Virginia Mine Disaster

The company that owned the coal mine where 29 miners died in the worst U.S. mining disaster in four decades concluded the explosion was the result of unpreventable natural gas buildup and not coal dust, contradicting the findings of an …

Hotels Weigh Staff Safety Issues After IMF Chief’s Case

Hotels could arm employees with panic buttons but are unlikely to put security cameras in hotel rooms following the alleged sexual assault of a maid by former IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, industry executives said Tuesday. Hotels usually have procedures …

Workplace Deaths Rise in North Carolina; Overall Injury Rate Drops

There were 48 fatal workplace accidents in North Carolina in 2010, a tally that is up from 34 in the previous year but below the five-year average of 53.2. At the same time, the state’s overall injury and illness rate …