OSHA Further Delays Electronic Reporting

By | Safety Law Matters | June 27, 2017
injuryreporting This morning, OSHA announced another planned delay in the deadline for electronic reporting of injury and illness data from July 1st to December 1, 2017.  The further delay does not necessarily mean that electronic reporting will still be required. In a news release, the agency stated, “The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule.” It is possible that the agency will withdraw the rule, modify it, issue another delay, or move forward by providing instructions for the submission of electronic data. View Full Post
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Forest Oil: Texas Supreme Court Rejects Exclusive Jurisdiction of the Texas Railroad Commission Over Oilfield Contamination Claims

By | Louisiana Law Blog | June 27, 2017
By Tyler Moore Kostal The Texas Supreme Court recently handed down a decision in Forest Oil Corp. v. El Rucio Land & Cattle Co., Inc., 14-0979, 2017 WL 1541086 (Tex. Apr. 28, 2017), that at first glance, is reminiscent of the landmark Louisiana legacy cases Corbello and Magnolia Coal. View Full Post
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Equipment Manufacturers: Beware of the Rental Yard Customer When Safety Features Are Optional

Fasolas v. Bobcat of New York Appellate Division (April 1, 2017) A typical argument made by the plaintiffs and their experts in a design defect/ product liability case is that “Safety should never be an option.” Over the years, however, New York courts have recognized that optional safety features are perfectly appropriate under the right circumstances. View Full Post
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Signs of Turning to Cooperation and Compliance Assistance? OSHA Seeks Input On VPP.

By | Safety Law Matters | June 27, 2017
Perhaps signaling that OSHA may be turning more toward cooperative and compliance assistance programs under the Trump administration, as many in industry have hoped, OSHA announced this week that it will hold a public meeting to receive suggestions from stakeholders on how to strengthen its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP).First started in 1982, VPP allows employers to adopt and comply with written safety and health management plans in exchange for being removed from OSHA’s programmed inspection lists. View Full Post
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Data Driven: Information Helped Reduce Salmonella On Chicken

By | Food Safety News | June 27, 2017
You won’t see claims like this in any ads: “Our chicken, is safer than our competitors’ chicken.” There’s an unwritten understanding in the industry that food safety won’t be used as an advertising tactic. chart USDA chicken salmonellaYet, in an important way, commercial chicken buyers can actually find out how chicken slaughter plants are doing when it comes to Salmonella levels, thanks, in part, to an innovative USDA strategy that makes it easy to use the Internet to monitor such statistics. View Full Post
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