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Essentials in Investigations

We train people to investigate because we know there is no zero harm. Fallible life and fallible systems don’t always go right. Whilst we don’t wish misfortune on anyone it is important that people are prepared to investigate events so that we can learn. When we look at the standard WHS curriculum in investigations or at the popular packages on the market, it remarkable what is missing. Most investigation methods are constructed from a mechanistic bias with little attention to the essentials of subjectivity, personal bias, perception bias, personality and perception, emergence in cause, problems of reductionism and randomness. When one opens the standard text for WHS and does analysis on the

The Power in Silence

Effective communication, conversation and consultation are vital in our support of others to learn about, and discern risk. So vital in fact, that if I were asked; “what is the one of the most helpful things that we could do to better support others in dealing with risk? I would certainly include conversations high up on the list. So this sounds pretty straight forward right? We can better support others simply by striking up more conversations, by chatting with people more, or by having a yarn? But is it that simple? And, if it is, why do so many of us struggle to do this well? In this piece, I ponder on how we can make our conversations effective. In particular, I explore the power that si

What If I Valued People And Not Safety?

When organisations say that their number one priority is safety, it can have some unexpected outcomes. Setting, and stating, organisational priorities and values is a wicked problem to begin with. Nothing is neutral and everything has meaning, so when “safety” gets chosen as the poster child of priorities, it can get messy. Part of the challenge here revolves around what “safety” actually means. I find that it is very rarely stated. So the meaning is left asexformation (Norretranders’ term for the unstated, and often unconscious, meaning that is added in by listeners when they hear words and messages as information). Typically though, in the current world of measurement and data, safety is a

It's Coming - Wage & Hour Enforcement

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION SIGN AGREEMENT TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM MISCLASSIFICATION Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Virginia Employment Commission Partnership description: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the Virginia Employment Commission signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding intended to protect employees’ rights by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. The two agencies will provide clear, accurate and easy-to-access outreach to employers, employees and other stakeholders; share resources; and enhance enforcement by conducting coordinated in

Courts Uphold Disgorgement Penalty For Unlicensed Contractors - READ THIS!

If you are a Contractor, you need to read this! Make sure you are properly structured. Posted in Construction Claims and Litigation, New Rules and Regulations As most construction professionals know, California law requires that any person engaged in the business of a contractor, or that acts in the capacity of a contractor, must be properly licensed by the Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”). Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 7028. A contractor is defined broadly, as follows: . . . a contractor is any person who undertakes to or offers to undertake to, or purports to have the capacity to undertake to, or submits a bid to, or does himself or herself or by or through others, construct, alter, rep

Construction Company Owner Indicted for Manslaughter in Worker's Death.

Construction company owner indicted for manslaughter after failure to heed multiple safety warnings leads to worker's death Salvatore Schirripa, a Bensonhurst, N.Y., construction company owner, has been indicted on manslaughter and other charges following the April 2015 death of Vidal Sanchez-Ramon, his employee at a Coney Island work site. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. "A hardworking man died tragically and unnecessarily because proper safety measures were not taken to protect his life." — Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson Sanchez-Ramon was smoothing concrete on the sixth floor of the work site when he reached the edge and fell to his death. He was not wearing a har

TRUCKING COMPANY FIRED DRIVER FOR REFUSING TO VIOLATE SAFETY REGULATIONS

OSHA orders NFI Interactive Logistics Inc. to reinstate, pay employee $276K BOSTON – A truck driver concerned he couldn’t complete his delivery from Massachusetts to New Jersey and back without violating federal safety regulations and putting himself and others at risk thought he’d devised a solution to deliver his cargo on-time and comply with the regulations. Instead of thanking him, his employer fired him. In so doing, NFI Interactive Logistics Inc. violated the anti-retaliation provisions of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’sOccupational Safety and Health Administration has found. OSHA is ordering the Cherry Hill, New Jersey-bas

Building a Better Employee Handbook

If you have employees, you need an employee handbook. Employee handbooks are notoriously boring and difficult to read, which defeats their primary purpose to inform your employees of your expectations and the laws and best practices that govern your business. A well-written handbook will help you establish a better relationship with your employees. The following information will help you develop a handbook that your employees will actually use. Your handbook should be easy to read. The fact is, many employees will never read the whole handbook and even those who do will not remember everything. You are not writing an epic novel; your employee handbook is a reference tool and should be design

Federal safety inspectors investigating hospitalized worker’s fall find co-worker atop building’s ro

Federal safety inspectors investigating hospitalized worker’s fall find co-worker atop building’s roof in potentially fatal danger. D.O.M. Construction fails to report injury in latest of six failed inspections CHICAGO ‒ As a 54-year-old worker, who fell more than 11 feet as he installed a roof joist, recovered from his injuries, federal inspectors investigating his fall on March 8, 2016, arrived two days later and found a co-worker about 40 feet off the ground without proper fall protection. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited D.O.M. Construction for putting employees at risk by violating fall safety standards and failing to report the inj

Chipotle Serves Up Lessons for Restaurant Brokers and Their Insureds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one-in-six Americans gets sick every year from contaminated food or beverages. Those in the restaurant industry cannot ignore the risks. The recent chain of events that roiled Chipotle Mexican Grill has given one insurance broker the perfect opportunity to talk about needed coverage options with clients. In this interview with Insurance Journal‘s Andrea Wells, Amy W. Vitarelli, senior vice president and practice leader for San Francisco-based Heffernan Insurance Brokers’ hospitality division, talks about how Chipotle’s November 2015 E. coli and norovirus outbreaks led to lessons learned for many of her clients. Did the Chipo

Delaney Insurance now has an "In House" Certified OSHA Inspector for General Industry &amp

Delaney Insurance adamantly supports an aggressive Health & Safety Program for all sectors of business. They believe ‘the best loss is no loss.’ Have a Delaney Insurance OSHA Certified Inspector and Outreach Trainer work with you at your business to help lower potential losses, make sure you aren’t incurring future losses which will drive up your insurance rates, and reduce the possibility of fines. Let Delaney Insurance help you make sure your employees go home safe at night while increasing your profits through a powerful Safety Program. Our OSHA Certified Risk Manager can inspect your business and reveal how it stands up to OSHA Standards, policies, and procedures in general industry. T

Travelers Injury Impact Report Details Most Frequent Workplace Accidents

HARTFORD, CONN.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), the country’s largest workers compensation carrier, today released its Injury Impact Report, which identifies the most common causes of workplace accidents and injuries. The company analyzed more than 1.5 million workers compensation claims filed between 2010 and 2014 from a variety of business sizes and industries. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here:http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160516005965/en/ Travelers Outlines Most Common Workplace Injuries (Graphic: Travelers) The most frequent causes of workplace injuries included: Material handling (32 percent of total claims);

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