OSHA

November 13, 2018

Preliminary list of top ten OSHA violations includes eye and face protection for first time

Preliminary list of top ten OSHA violations includes eye and face protection for first time While the preliminary list of the Top 10 violations for Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018) remains largely unchanged from 2017, there is a newcomer in tenth place. Eye and face protection surpassed electrical – wiring methods, which dropped off the top ten. Also, fall protection – training requirements, which was a newcomer last FY moved up from #9 to #8. Topping the list for the fifth year in a row is fall protection, a general requirements standard, which saw a 19.7% increase in citations from the previous FY. There was a significant increase – 25.4% – in citations related to ladders and a 30.1% increase […]
June 2, 2016

Are Your Work Comp Claims Properly Monitored?

As UNICO continues to be recognized as the workers’ compensation experts dedicated to lowering costs we are amazed at how many companies are not getting any assistance to help them ensure their open workers’ compensation claims are monitored properly. This can have a dramatic impact on how the NCCI experience modification factor is developed. When a workers’ compensation claim is submitted the adjuster will set up a reserve amount which is an estimate of what may be paid out for that claim. That reserve number may change as the claim develops and the adjuster learns more about the status of the injured employee. This reserve will likely be what the ultimate settlement may be which can be inflated. However, there are many cases where communication […]
January 6, 2016

What To Expect From OSHA In 2016

While it is difficult to predict exactly how OSHA will proceed in 2016, there are a number of changes in the regulatory arena as well as new initiatives that are important guides for employers: Significant Increase in Fines For the first time in a quarter of a century, OSHA can increase the maximum penalty amounts it imposes on employers that violate occupational safety and health standards under a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act signed into law November 2, 2015. The Act requires OSHA to implement the new maximum penalties in two phases: An initial catch-up adjustment; and An ongoing subsequent adjustment period The one-time catch-up will increase penalties to reflect the changes in inflation from 1990 – 2015. Current estimates using October 1990 to […]