Regulations

Terminating a Workers’ Comp Claimant in Texas

The outcome of a Workers’ Compensation claim can be affected by the termination of an employee who was injured on the job. An employer can discipline the employee for not following policies and procedures, but should carefully consider the pros and cons of termination. Developing a solid safety program and managing risk in the workplace is

 

Annual Brake Safety Week September 6-12

The annual Brake Safety Week, part of the Operation Airbrake program sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), will begin over the holiday weekend and is designed to promote safety on roadways across North America. This year’s event will begin on 

 

Make Time For A Safety Program Review

From time to time, it’s important to take a step back and do an overall evaluation of your company’s safety program. Whether done internally or by an outside set of eyes, reviewing your program can help identify gaps, as well as set goals going forward. If you've found your program has stalled a bit or you're just not seeing the results you 

 

RISK ALERT: New FMCSA Penalties Effective June 2

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued its final ruling regarding civil penalties for violations of federal regulations. Beginning June 2, penalties will increase across the board. In some cases, the penalties have increased from 30 percent to 50 percent. The following graphic highlights some of the notable penalty 

 

Annual Inspection Blitz "Roadcheck," June 2-4, 2015

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz conducted as a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, will take place June 2-4, 2015. CVSA says roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, local and federal enforcement agencies will be stationed at 1,500 inspection points across the

 

Measuring Safety: To Know Where You're Going, You Have To Figure Out Where You Are

Putting an effective safety program in place in your organization is an essential part of any business plan. Safety programs have many parts. Management leadership, employee involvement, workplace analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training are all important parts of the plan. But how do you know where to  

 

Risk Alert: HR Form I-9 Audits on The Rise

The current push for immigration reform is shining a spotlight on hiring practices and a surge in activity to hold companies accountable. Simply failing to produce a Form I-9 constitutes a substantive violation with penalties ranging from $110 to $1,100 per violation. Since January 2009, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has 

 

Facility Inspection: A Way to Get Everyone Involved In Safety

We often struggle with ways to get people involved in safety. Incentives, safety committees and internal safety promotions are all good ways to do this. But, why not something as simple as having an employee conduct a facility inspection? You'll be

 

Risk Alert: OSHA Form 300A Posting Deadline Feb 1st

The February 1 deadline to complete OSHA 300 Logs and post the OSHA 300A Summary is fast approaching. Whether your company has one location or many, they will all need to have a completed log in place. In addition to being something your employees have a right to see, it will be one of the first things an OSHA inspector asks 

 

New Year, New Rules from FMCSA and OSHA


Three significant rule changes could pave the way to smoother operations in 2015. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) 34-hour restart rule has been suspended; and, driver-vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) are only required if defects or deficiencies are found. These new rules will reduce burdensome restrictions and time