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On February 18th, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have issued a hazard alert regarding exposure to silica during the manufacture and installation of stone countertops. They have identified exposure to crystalline silica as a hazard people who work in manufacturing, finishing, and installing

In September of 2014, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced changes to their rules about recordkeeping and reporting work-related injuries and fatalities. The new rules went into effect on January 1, 2015. Under OSHA’s new rules, employers are required to report all work related fatalities, in-patient hospitalizations of one or more people, amputations,

Filmmakers working on the film “Midnight Rider” are attempting to appeal penalties issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in relation to an accident that killed one person and injured eight other workers. “Midnight Rider” was to be a movie about the life of musician Gregg Allman starring William Hurt as Allman. The

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Ashley Furniture, one of the world’s largest furniture manufacturers, $1.7 million dollars for dozens of workplace safety violations at their manufacturing facility in Arcadia, Wisconsin. OSHA began investigating Ashley Furniture’s Arcadia location in the summer of 2014 after a worker lost three fingers while operating a

Although there are laws meant to encourage workers to report unsafe and dangerous conditions in the workplace or to speak out about illegal practices their employer engages in, many workers are still hesitant to do so because they’re afraid of losing their job or otherwise being punished for speaking out. The same laws that give

When you’re working in construction, there’s a certain amount of risk that comes along with it. With all the powerful tools, heavy equipment, electrical wires, and work that involves being high off the ground, its easy to see how much potential there is for construction site accidents to happen. There’s so much that can go

Whether you work in an office or a construction site, every workplace comes with its own set of hazards. But even if you’re working in areas that have a reputation for being dangerous like construction sites and factories, there is no excuse for your workplace being needlessly dangerous. Employers are required to provide workers with

If you should find yourself disabled and need to apply for government benefits, the type of benefits you’re most likely to apply for are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. SSDI benefits can continue for as long as you are unable to work and your condition has not improved. The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines

In the state of Michigan, workers compensation provides people injured on the job with benefits for three key things: health care, vocational rehabilitation, and wage loss. Health Care When you’re hurt on the job, first and foremost, you need to get medical attention right away. Your employer or their insurance company is responsible for covering