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Work Accident Attorney Fort Worth – OSHA Increases Maximum Penalties against Employers for Alleged Safety Violations

Friday, January 19th, 2018

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English: Logo for the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency that enforces federal health and safety requirements in the workplace. Inspectors investigate employee complaints and visit companies after serious or fatal illnesses or injuries have occurred. The inspectors impose proposed penalties for the different kinds of violations. On January 2, 2018, the Department of Labor announced an increase in the maximum penalty amounts for violating OSHA safety regulations and standards.

The following are DOL Penalties, before and after the latest changes:

  • The maximum penalty allowed for “serious” and “other-than-serious” is now $12,934. Previously, it was $12,615.
  • The penalty for repeated or willful violation of child labor standards that result in the death or serious injury of a minor changed from a maximum of $111,616 to a maximum of $113,894.
  • The per violation penalty of the Employee Polygraph Protection Act rose from $20,111 to $20,521.
  • There was a very small increase in per willful violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act’s posting requirement, from $166 to $169.
  • The maximum fine for repeated or willful violations is $129,336, up from $126,749. In 2016, much more significant changes were made. For example, the willful or repeated violation maximum penalty rose from $70,000 to $124,709.

The maximum fines are not always imposed. Employers in small businesses typically get a size discount. Employers with a record of prior compliance with OSHA receive a reduction for their good history. Businesses that are cooperative during OSHA inspections also get credit, for acting in good faith. Maximum penalties are more likely imposed against a large employer when a fatality has a occurred or as a result of a history of OSHA safety violations.

–Guest Contributor


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Attorney Work Accident Help – New Website Launched for Texas Employer Traffic Safety Program – Part 7

Monday, December 14th, 2015

English: Weslaco,TX, July 25, 2008 -- Texas De...

English: Weslaco,TX, July 25, 2008 — Texas Department of Transportation worker Leoplodo Johnson works on the stop lights at a major intersection in Welasco as public works recover their support and safety systems. Barry Bahler/FEMA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Texas Employer Traffic Safety teamed up to launch a website at txdrivingconcern.org. Automobile crashes are among the top causes of workplace fatalities in the United States. Employers in Texas alone spend more than $3 billion in costs related to injuries and fatalities on and off the job. The latest information on driving-related concerns are posted on the new website, including on topics such as impaired driving, passenger restraint, aggressive driving, and distracted driving.

The new Texas Employer Traffic Safety website provides the following additional statistics and information about aggressive driving, and employers in Texas are urged to share the information with their drivers:

  • Aggressive driving includes such behaviors as tailgating, unnecessary and frequent lane changes, speeding, running red lights, and speeding through yellow lights. When one driver engages in any of these unsafe behaviors, a potential result is road rage.
  • Speeding was a contributing factor in almost 27,000 wrecks in Texas last year, according to TxDOT.
  • Driving too fast creates the following hazards: It reduces the ability of a driver to maneuver safely around objects in the roadway and through curves, increases the impact force of a crash, and makes it more difficult to react properly to dangerous situations.
  • Road rage is when a traffic incident leads to a physical assault of a person or an automobile. Road rage is a criminal offense, and incarceration is one of the possible punishments.
  • Last year in Texas, road rage was a contributing factor in 1,114 traffic collisions.

Learn more about driving concerns for workers in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor


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North Texas Hurt at Work Attorney – New Website Launched for Texas Employer Traffic Safety Program – Part 2

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

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English: A sign that states “No Texting While Driving” in West University Place, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Texas Employer Traffic Safety teamed up to launch a website at txdrivingconcern.org. Automobile crashes are among the top causes of workplace fatalities in the United States. Employers in Texas alone spend more than $3 billion in costs related to injuries and fatalities on and off the job. The latest information on driving-related concerns are posted on the new website, including on topics such as impaired driving, passenger restraint, aggressive driving, and distracted driving.

The new Texas Employer Traffic Safety website contains information that can be used in group settings, to make employees more aware of the hazards of distracted driving. The following is from the site regarding keeping your eyes on the road instead of on other tasks, such as texting or talking while driving:

  • The average amount of time a person’s eyes are off the road while texting is 5 seconds, which, at 55 miles per hour, is like traveling the length of a football field wearing a blindfold.
  • What is especially alarming about the driving distraction of texting is that the task involves cognitive, visual, and manual distraction, all at the same time.
  • Your chances of getting into a crash are between 8 and 23 times greater, when texting while driving.
  • Even when drivers use hands-free technology while driving, they miss up to 50% of what’s around them, while looking through the windshield. Experts say that the brain can toggle quickly between tasks but cannot do two things simultaneously. Processing of moving images is decreased by one-third when listening or talking to someone on the phone.

Learn more about driving concerns for workers in Part 1 of this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor

 

http://txdrivingconcern.org/


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