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Apr 11 2018
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

OSHA citations upheld against fab shop that improperly rigged load from crane

A federal court of appeals has confirmed two serious citations from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against a fabrication shop when a 5,000 lb. pipe assembly was improperly rigged to an overhead crane. A pipefitter in the shop was a journey worker with 12 years of experience.…

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Mar 20 2018
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

Raise hazard awareness and reduce workplace accidents

Safe and Aware
Vigilant's Individual Hazard Assessment Program Promotes a Good Pause

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Feb 23 2018
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

Finger amputation leads to safety investigation; Washington manufacturer fined $92K

Hand and Finger Safety Starts with the Employer; Vigilant Can Help

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Feb 13 2018
Safety and HealthTermination & Resignation

Q&A: What to do when a fired employee makes a threat on the way out

Q: What should we do when a fired employee makes a threat on the way out? During a termination meeting with this employee, he promised that “he would get us all for firing him.”

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Jan 12 2018
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

Reducing workers’ comp premiums takes a team effort

Reducing Workers' Comp Premiums is a Team Effort

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Dec 14 2017
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

Congratulations to Vigilant’s 2017 Safety Award Winners!

Vigilant’s 2017 Safety Award Winners
37 Retro Group Members Recognized for Exceptional Safety Efforts

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Dec 12 2017
Safety and Health  

No real winners in battle over intoxicated employee’s death after party

A New York appellate court recently ruled that a cancer treatment center wasn’t liable for the death of its 48-year-old employee who became extremely intoxicated at an annual department holiday party. The case serves as a sobering reminder, however, of the human consequences of a holiday event gone wrong. The party was…

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Dec 05 2017
Drug and AlcoholSafety and Health  

Think twice when conducting post-accident drug testing on employees

The Question: Our employee reported that he was injured on-the-job today, but we don’t yet know the nature of the incident or who (if anyone) was at fault. Our standard procedure is to send him for a drug test immediately. Can we do so?

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Nov 30 2017
Safety and Health  

ALERT: OSHA extends electronic filing deadline to December 15, 2017

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that it is postponing its December 1, 2017, deadline for electronic filing of summary injury and illness data, to December 15, 2017. OSHA’s electronic reporting requirement currently applies to employers in Idaho, Oregon, and Montana. Employers in California and Washington don’t have to…

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Nov 21 2017
Q&ADisabilitySafety and HealthTermination & Resignation  

Q&A: Accommodate for Questionable Religious Belief?

Question: We recently instituted a no-beard policy to ensure that men can securely wear their required safety masks. However, one of our Muslim employees refused, citing the Prophet Muhammad. I’ve studied the Quran, and I know that it doesn’t require beards. Can we discipline or fire him for not shaving?

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