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Huge Tesla Job Cut Seen as Way to Control Work Safety Concerns

Language in a confidential severance agreement Tesla Inc. is using as part of the biggest job cut in its history is likely to deter dismissed employees from going public with worker safety concerns, according to employment-law experts. A proposed severance …

OSHA Forms Alliance to Prevent Trench Deaths in North Dakota

Some business groups in North Dakota are working with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to increase awareness of trenching hazards and collaborate on training programs. The alliance members signed a two-year agreement Thursday at the North Dakota Safety …

Nearly a Third of Workers’ Comp Claim Payments Due to Construction Falls

Over the past five years, Nationwide processed more than 10,000 workers’ compensation claims due to a multitude of accidents from construction-related businesses. One of the most common — and costly — causes of claims occur when construction workers fall from …

Exoskeletons Should be Used With Caution During Heavy Lifting

You can wear an exoskeleton, but it won’t turn you into a superhero. That’s the finding of a study in which researchers tested a commercially available exoskeleton—a mechanical arm attached to a harness—that’s typically worn by workers to help them …

Robots Used in Japan to Beat Construction Labor Shortage

Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory …

Sanitation Worker Safety Group Pushes Penalty Bills

Kenny Lawson loved being a garbage collector. The Germantown, Ohio, resident enjoyed working outdoors alongside his family, throwing his “solid as a horse” frame into physical labor that made people’s lives better. One customer left a cooler near the curb …

New York Construction Worker Fatality Report Highlights Continued Dangers

A new report by a state workplace safety watchdog highlights the deadly risks construction workers face in New York. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) released its latest construction fatality report, “Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report …

Federal Agencies Tasked With Updating National Workplace Injury, Illness Data

A committee tasked with revamping a national workplace study released a 200-page report recently recommending major changes in workplace surveillance. The goal, according to the committee, is to reduce the health burden caused by injuries in the workplace. The report …

OSHA Adjusts Penalty Amounts for 2018

On January 2, civil penalty amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards increased by two percent from last year. Type of Violation Penalty Serious Other-Than-Serious Posting Requirements $12,934 per violation Failure to Abate $12,934 per day beyond the …

Washington Contractor Charged With Felony for Trench Collapse Death

A Seattle contractor has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of an employee who was killed when a sewer trench collapsed in 2016. The Seattle Times reports Philip Numrich, the owner of Alki Construction, allegedly violated and ignored …