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Are You a Joint Employer?

Protecting workers in fissured workplaces – where there is increasingly the possibility that more than one employer is benefiting from their work – has been a major focus for the Wage and Hour Division in recent years. The Wage and Hour Division has always examined employment relationships during its investigations into possible wage and other labor violations, and the agency considers joint employment in hundreds of investigations every year.

Topics: Joint Employment

Don't Ignore the Hidden Costs: Health and Safety

You already are aware that job-related injuries and illness are expensive, due to medical expenses, lost days on the job, and insurance costs. But, did you know that as much as nine-tenths of the total cost of a workplace injury or illness is a hidden cost? That is the startling fact, as reported by Joe Gillian, Director of Loss Control at IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance, in a BBB post online.

Topics: Health and Safety

A Closer Look at OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for 2015

Turning the page on a new year is a good time to take a closer look at OSHA's top 10 most cited standards for 2015 with an eye towards planning to improve workplace safety.

OSHA suggests that employers consider the list as a resource to help identify safety risks and perform mitigation.

Here, then, is OSHA’s 2015 list of the top cited standards and each category’s total number of violations for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2015.

Topics: OSHA Top 10 Cited Standards Mitigating Risk in the Workplace

OSHA CITES BUSINESS FOR EXPOSING WORKERS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH SKILLS

Whistleblower investigation pending after termination of 2 workers at St. Louis steel plant.
 

ST. LOUIS — Two years after a worker died by electrocution at a steel plant owned by St. Louis Cold Drawn, inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the company continues to expose its workforce, predominantly consisting of Asian immigrants with limited English speaking skills, to amputationelectrical and other hazards daily.

Topics: Whistle Blower Protection Safety Training Foreign Languages

When Winter Comes: Facility Maintenance & Safety Save the Day

The cold and snow of winter is here, and with it, all of the challenges that winter brings to facilities maintenance. While snow and ice can be inconvenient to homeowners, for many companies, these conditions represent a crucial business issue. Closing down, even for a day, means lost business.

With proper preparation businesses can avoid or at least minimize site maintenance problems, downtime and injuries. To make sure your facility can withstand the colder weather, take a look at some of these timely facility maintenance and safety tips for the winter months.

Topics: Winter Safety