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California Employer Cited Following Death of Employee

Weed, CA: A forklift trainee who had been on the job four months with Crystal Geyser Roxane (CGR) in Weed, California and suffered fatal injuries when the forklift he was operating at the job site tipped over, had passed all requisite safety and evaluation tests. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health(OSHA) nonetheless issued four citations against CGR following the death of the young trainee.

June 5, 2017

Former Wells Fargo Manager Ordered Reinstated, Earns $5.4 Million Payday

Los Angeles, CA: An OSHA whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former manager at Wells Fargo & Co. (Wells Fargo) in California has ended with an order by the US Department of Justice(DOJ) that the plaintiff be re-hired by his former employer, together with the repayment of about $5.4 million in back pay and legal fees. The order, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is yet another blemish on an institution that has been the subject of massive amounts of ill will and bad press in recent months.

May 5, 2017

Medical Supplier of Surgical Gowns on Trial for Defective Products, Non-Compliance

Los Angeles, CA: A California OSHA lawsuit that alleges protective surgical gowns were rendered less protective due to cost-cutting on the part of the manufacturer, is meandering its way through US District Court for the Central District of California.

April 1, 2017

Cal / OSHA’s Role in Ski and Snowboarding Resort Oversight

June Lake, CA: It appears prevailing opinion does not quite align when it comes to regulating the safety of ski and snowboard hills in the state of California. Two experts on ski, and snowboard safety opine that federal and state regulations with regard to trail safety are either sorely lacking, or non-existent altogether. However that position is in deference to one taken by the head of a ski industry association, who holds that standards and regulations do exist, including regulations and guidelines issued by California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal / OSHA).

March 6, 2017

Former Employee at Odds with Sonoma State University over Cal/OSHA Concerns

Santa Rosa, CA: A whistleblower lawsuit currently being litigated in California accuses Sonoma State University of improperly handling contamination from asbestos and lead in multiple buildings on the campus, and that testing according to standards required under the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA, Cal/OSHA) was inadequate.

February 9, 2017

New California OSHA Workplace Violence Standard for Healthcare Workers

Sacramento, CA: There is little doubt that healthcare workers, second only perhaps to police officers, are amongst the highest groups of workers potentially exposed to workplace violence. Police have to worry about aggressiveness from criminals and suspects. For the healthcare worker, aggressiveness in the workplace can originate with patients showing aggression towards their healthcare provider. For 2017, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) is addressing this head-on with new guidelines which could come into effect as early as January.

December 31, 2016

A Relationship between California OSHA and Wells Fargo

Pomona, CA: As occupational health and safety regulations continue to be strengthened, California OSHA complaints have evolved from the sensational debacle surrounding allegations that banking giant Wells Fargo established accounts in the names of various Wells Fargo clients allegedly without their permission, in a bid to increase fees. Various fines have been levied against the bank, investigations have been launched and thousands of Wells Fargo employees have lost their jobs in the wake of the alleged wrongdoing.

October 15, 2016

Contractor Fined by Cal-OSHA, Lawsuit Cites Personal Injuries in Blast

McFarland, CA: It was in November of last year that an industrial accident involving a natural gas pipeline led to an explosion that killed one man and badly injured two women living in a nearby home destroyed in the blast.

July 15, 2016

Proposed Bill Aims at Standards for Indoor Workers

Sacramento, CA: We should know in a little more than a year what Cal-OSHA, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health for the state of California, comes up with in terms of proposals to regulate indoor working conditions with an aim to setting standards for workers who toil indoors.

June 18, 2016

California Warehouse Cited for OSHA Violations, Faces Class-Action Lawsuit

Wilmington, CA: A complaint by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) together with a California OSHA labor class-action lawsuit filed in late 2014 combine to allege both health and safety hazards, and retaliation against union activity undertaken by workers at the California Cartage Company and Orient Tally Company.

April 15, 2016
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