On November 26, 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Acosta v Hensel Phelps Construction Co. ruled that the “Secretary of Labor has the authority under the Occupational Safety and Health Act to issue citations to controlling employers at multi-employer worksites for violations of the act’s standards”.Read more
OSHA’s Penalties Adjusting in 2019
OSHA’s civil penalties for violations of safety standard will increase in 2019 as adjusted for inflation. The new adjusted maximum penalty amounts for willful and repeat violations will be $132,598 per violation; serious, other-than-serious, and posting violation requirements will be $13,260 per violation; and failure to abate violations will be $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date. Violations of safety standards are expensive.
On November 16, 2018, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act was introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill would require employers within the health care and social service industries to develop a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan.Read more
OSHA released the top 10 most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018). Although the majority of the list remains the same as 2017 top 10 citations, electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305) was replaced by eye and face protection at number 10.
Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.
Today, four dispensaries began selling medical marijuana for the first time in Ohio under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP). Two of the dispensaries are in the southeast Ohio community of Wintersville, outside Steubenville, and the other two dispensaries are in Sandusky and Canton. A fifth dispensary outside of Cleveland in the city of Wickliffe is expected to open later this week.Read more
Attorney Mark Barnes is participating in the University of Toledo College of Law’s new diversity pipeline program, Launch Into Law, joining a professional mentor panel this week to speak about his career path and the doors that are opened by getting a law degree. ‘Launch into Law’ is an immersive, 5-day experience at Toledo Law designed to prepare students from traditionally underrepresented groups for the law school application process.Read more