Safety Sense

  • OSHA Civil Penalties Increase Again

    We previously reported on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) significant hike in OSHA penalties after a 26 year increase hiatus.  The penalty increase, which was instituted according to Section 701 of the 2015 budget, also called for annual adjustments to the penalties based on the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index.  The DOL is required to adjust maximum OSHA penalties for inflation annually by the 15th of January.

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  • Scott Mugno’s Nomination for OSHA Administrator Is Back Before the Senate

    Due to Senate rules, the President’s nomination of Scott Mugno for the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, has now been returned to the Senate for consideration.  Mr. Mugno’s nomination to head OSHA was previously approved by Senate Committee on December 13, 2017, but it was not put to the full senate vote by the end of the year.  Therefore, the entire nominating process must now start all over again.  Accordingly, Mr.

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  • We’re Growing!

    Bugbee & Conkle is beginning 2018 with a bang! We are thrilled to add attorney April Renner to our roster, expanding our workers’ compensation litigation team.  We are also proud to announce we will be hosting free monthly webinars throughout 2018 on workers’ compensation, labor and employment law, and safety topics (except for in April, when we host our Annual Workers’ Compensation seminar).

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  • Safety Training for Maximum Benefit and Compliance

    Engaging workers for maximum effectiveness entails selecting the proper tools to train them with and focusing on participants during the learning process.  Participant centered training is achieved by including employees throughout the process, from development though validation and feedback.  Students want to play a part and need to perceive training as something that will improve them as individuals. “Learners like to be in control of their training or at least play a role in it”.

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  • OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule for Construction is Now Enforceable

    On October 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new respirable crystalline silica rule in the construction industry became fully effective. The silica rule is one of the most comprehensive health standards ever issued for the construction industry and significantly reduces the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for crystalline silica.

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  • Discrimination Based on Transgender Status Violates Title VIIRead more


  • 2018 Workers’ Compensation Seminar: Friday the 13th Photo AlbumRead more

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