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Safety Perspectives From Region 6: Crane Operator Certification Fraud and Its Impact on Employers
In this episode of our Safety Perspectives From Region 6 podcast, Frank Davis and John Surma discuss their recent case involving the operation of a crane by an operator allegedly part of a crane credentialing fraud scheme. John and Frank discuss the impact that the related issues may have on employers in industry sectors where cranes are used and the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act compliance implications relative to confirming the certifications and qualifications of employees.
Workplace Safety Accidents, Part I: Settling Cal/OSHA Citations
In this first edition of our workplace accident case study podcast series, Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland provide lessons from actual incidents and resulting enforcement actions and lawsuits. Kevin and Karen, both of whom are California shareholders and members of Ogletree’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, discuss a case in which the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) investigated a construction employer after a worker was injured in a nail gun accident.
Cal/OSHA’s Approach to Abatement: Addressing and Curing Workplace Hazards
In this podcast, Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland, who are leaders in our California Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, offer a wide-ranging and nuanced discussion of abatement—the act of addressing and curing a hazard identified in a citation. Karen and Kevin offer practical takeaways related to when the duty to abate arises, documentation, and trial considerations, with a focus on the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA) approach to abatement. They also cover best practices that may help employers avoid missteps that could lead to significant penalties for failure to abate.
Cal/OSHA Inspection Tactics and Practical Pointers to Counteract Them
In this podcast, shareholders Kevin Bland (Orange County) and Karen Tynan (Sacramento) review the latest Cal/OSHA (or Division of Occupational Safety and Health) inspection tactics and provide practical pointers for employers that are subjected to an investigation. Karen, who is the West Coast chair of Ogletree’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, and Kevin discuss inspection triggers, the timing and scope of inspections, walk-throughs, and document requests. Our speakers also review employers’ rights during an inspection, including the right to not disrupt operations, and offer takeaways on real-world scenarios, such as an inspector’s requests for reenactments and demonstrations.
Safety Perspectives From Region 6: Fatality and Catastrophe Investigations, Part III—Crisis Management and Disaster Preparedness Plans
This episode of our Safety Perspectives From Region 6 podcast is the final installment of a three-part series on fatality and catastrophe investigations conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Frank Davis and John Surma, both of whom are members of Ogletree’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, wrap up the series with a discussion of the importance of having a crisis management or disaster preparedness plan in place. John and Frank review the elements of such plans, including initial response to the incident, the OSHA investigation, internal and external communications, and follow-up actions.
Safety Perspectives From Region 6: Fatality and Catastrophe Investigations, Part II—Reports, Privilege, and Witness Statements
This episode of our Safety Perspectives From Region 6 podcast is the second in a three-part series on fatality and catastrophe investigations conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). John Surma and Frank Davis explore issues related to attorney-client and work product privilege in the aftermath of a workplace accident, in addition to best practices on written reports and witness statements produced regarding worksite accidents. Our speakers also discuss advantageous ways to prepare root cause reports to avoid difficulties from the perspective of OSH Act compliance, civil litigation, and public relations.
My company has an organized workforce, and I found this really helpful in thinking about how to approach COVID-19 labor issues.
Workplace Safety in California- Cal/OSHA -COVID 19
What an informative and insightful podcast. Beneficial information to assist businesses comply and provide appropriate responses to inquiry.