“OSHA cited five contractors for safety and health violations after three employees were fatally injured and two others critically injured following an explosion on board a towboat. The five companies collectively received 55 violations with proposed penalties totaling $795,254. The employers were ship repair contractor First Marine, LLC, which has been placed in the agency’s Severe Violator…

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“Every year, thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some are fatally injured. These illnesses and fatalities are preventable.” The heat index is high and summer has just begun. OSHA is advising employers throughout the U.S. to protect their workers from heat-related hazards or illnesses by utilizing preventative methods. “While workers in construction, agriculture, and…

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There are many points of focus for business owners and managers in all industries. When we note on our employer-focused website at Williams Kilpatrick, PLLC that we routinely handle employment matters “from pre-hire through termination and all issues in between,” we are signaling a broad universe of considerations. One of those is employee misclassification. A…

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No matter industry, Kentucky employers, who are focused on running a profitable business, are constantly challenged by new demands. Issues and regulations relevant to employment law come quickly to mind in any assessment of owners’ concerns. We note on our website that, “The laws governing employment grow more complicated and confusing every day.” We help diverse…

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Kentucky businesses of all types focus closely on running a tight and profitable operation. Additionally, though, their owners are routinely concerned with workplace events that can spur liability issues and unexpected cash outflows. Any company’s most valuable resource is its people. Ensuring workplace safety makes not only business sense, but is the right thing to do. We…

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The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) division of the U.S. Department of Labor is required to inspect surface mines twice a year, and underground mines four times a year. Additional inspections are required for mines with higher levels of toxic gas and/or explosives, as well as those that are reported due to hazardous conditions. Knowing what…

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Written by John M. Williams (williams@rwktlaw.com) Typically, lawyers only get questions after legal problems arise. What do I do now? What are my rights? How can I defend this? The best questions often go unasked. This isn’t to suggest that the best question is the most complex. The best are those that, if answered, prevent rather than…

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On behalf of Williams, Kilpatrick & True, PLLC on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Written by Noelle Holladay True (true@rwktlaw.com) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has jurisdiction over more than 100 million workplaces.  Since OSHA cannot possibly inspect all of these workplaces, it has established a system of inspection priorities for itself.  The following are  situations which trigger…

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