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The ABCs of Health and Safety Law

11.5.14

Matt Korn’s article “The ABCs of Health and Safety Law” was featured in the Employment & Labor Law Fall Newsletter.

What would you do if you received a phone call from your client at 3 a.m. and he informed you that one or more of his employees had been killed in an accident at work earlier that morning?  This type of phone call is not reserved for presidential candidates, so if you’re not already familiar with OSHA and MSHA (the government agencies charged with ensuring the health and safety of America’s workforce), you should continue reading this article.

In the article, Matt discusses the differences between OSHA and MSHA and examines the compliance and penalty structures of each.

Since OSHA and MSHA were created, workplaces have certainly become much safer. However, employers today are motivated to protect their employees from injury for a variety of reasons, including minimizing workers’ compensation premiums, avoiding wrongful death lawsuits and (most importantly) a genuine corporate culture of safety. Compliance with OSHA and MSHA standards can help companies avoid costly workplace injuries and reduce exposure to civil penalties.

To read the full article, please visit Employment Labor & Law.

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