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Toward Zero, A Failed Goal

Generally when people set goals that fail, they reassess their goal and reframe the goal and seek a goal that is achievable and sense-able. This is the logic of SMART goals (https://safetyrisk.net/understanding-safety-goals/, https://safetyrisk.net/a-better-safety-goal-than-zero-harm/, https://safetyrisk.net/zero-incident-goals-motivate-risk-taking/ ). Generally, people who set goals consider the psychological by-products of that goal, to make sure that the goal itself doesn’t drive counter-intuitive behaviours. No so for our binary road safety policy makers. Using their own measure of success – statistics, it is clear that the Toward Zero discourse is a miserable failure. Recently we learne

McDonald’s Agrees to $3.75 Million Settlement With California Workers

Latest lawsuit seeking to designate company as joint employer of workers at its franchise restaurants A lawyer for the workers said the settlement marked the first time that McDonald’s Corp. committed to paying workers for labor violations in a franchisee-operated store. Here, a restaurant in San Francisco in January 2014. PHOTO: DAVID PAUL MORRIS/BLOOMBERG NEWS Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO— McDonald’s Corp. has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a federal lawsuit that sought to hold the company liable for allegations that a franchise owner in the San Francisco Bay Area cheated hundreds of workers out of wages and overtime. A lawyer for the workers on Monday called the settlement agreem

OSHA releases update to construction safety guidelines

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s safety and health program management guidelines for the construction sector set out a specific set of recommended practices for employers in this industry. OSHA released its long-awaited update to its 1989 safety and health program management guidelines for general industry in October, but the agency decided to craft separate guidelinesspecifically for the construction industry based on stakeholder feedback, which was published last week. The guidelines include seven core elements for a safety and health program in the construction sector: management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevent

Forklift Certification is Required by OSHA!

BOSTON - For several years, inspections by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration identified a disturbing pattern of defective forklifts being used to move, handle, load and unload freight in at least 11 Central Transport LLC shipping terminals in nine states. Their use exposed employees to hazards that could cause crushing or struck-by injuries at multiple locations, including Central Transport's Billerica terminal. The department filed a complaint with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in 2015, seeking an order to require Central Transport to remove damaged, defective and unsafe forklifts and other powered industrial truc

Insurance Crime Watchdog Reveals Mystery Device Used by Vehicle Thieves

Insurance crime investigators recently went on a crime spree, breaking into vehicles and stealing them. It was all part of an effort to draw attention to technology that the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says is being used to not only unlock and open vehicles, but to also start and steal them. Investigators at the industry-backed NICB recently got their hands on one of the nefarious devices and decided to try it out for themselves. The organization has been warning about the devices for several years, ever since thieves were spotted on security cameras across the country using an unknown device. NICB says it purchased one of the devices through a third-party security expert from an

Court upholds recognizable hazard to include Active Shooter incidents.

Osha's General Duty Clause, section 5(a)(1) states the following:...employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that "is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees." The courts have interpreted OSHA's general duty clause to mean that an employer has a legal obligation to provide a workplace free of conditions or activities that either the employer or industry recognizes as hazardous and that cause, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to employees when there is a feasible method to abate the hazard. An employer that has experienced acts of workplace violence, or becomes aware of thre

OSHA Issues Final Rule Updating Walking-Working Surfaces Standards And Establishing Personal Fall Pr

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems. "The final rule will increase workplace protection from those hazards, especially fall hazards, which are a leading cause of worker deaths and injuries," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "OSHA believes advances in technology and greater flexibi

Overtime Pay Rule to Go Into Effect but May Not Last

U.S. employers have spent months adjusting employee schedules, job duties and pay ahead of a new overtime rule that takes effect Dec. 1. The regulation, which makes millions more workers eligible for overtime pay, was intended as one of President Barack Obama's signature achievements, and a way to meaningfully raise incomes for people in front-line roles in retail, food service and beyond. The fate of the rule, however, is far from assured as it faces both a strong challenge in the courts and, in Donald Trump, the president-elect, who has vowed to roll back business regulations. Employers who have made or are considering big changes in their workforce-either by raising managers' salaries to

OSHA National News Release

U.S. Department of Labor November 17, 2016 OSHA issues final rule updating walking-working surfaces standards and establishing personal fall protection systems requirements WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems. "The final rule will increase workplace protection from those hazards, especially fall hazards, which are a leading c

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