Increased penalties for violations of federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards took effect on January 13th, 2017, and are published in the Federal Register today.
The 2nd Annual Workers’ Memorial Day program was held today in Baton Rouge at the Labor Union Hall. The event, organized by Corey Gaines, Director of OSHA Consultation with the Louisiana Workforce Commission, focused squarely on the national holiday’s message: “Mourn for the dead, fight for the living.” The keynote address, by Michael Darrough, EHS Director at SAPA Extrusions of Delhi, Louisiana, brought the crowd together with a reflective message – prioritizing safety is both about the workers themselves and their loved ones.
The Louisiana Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and Expo, held at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge, offered a variety of opportunities to see the world of health, safety, enforcement and workers’ comp through a multitude of lenses. The conference, which ends today, featured a packed exhibit hall and an array of breakout sessions, allowing participants to customize their experience and continuing education needs. Read on for more details about the sessions, plus photos of the event!
Released nearly concurrently with the deeply critical “Demolition of Workers’ Comp” ProPublica/NPR report, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a special report entitled “Adding Inequality to Injury: the Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job.” Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to local attorneys on both the claimant and carrier/employer side to get their thoughts about the “failures” of reform and the “roadblocks” OSHA identifies.