Samantha Catone

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Voluntary Internal Safety Audits: “Do’s” and “Don’ts”

There is no disputing that taking a proactive approach to safety and ensuring compliance within your company is not only prudent – but critical – for employers. It is equally critical, however, that employers understand the benefits and potential liabilities that initiating these measures can create. This post will break down the “dos” and “don’ts” of internal safety audits. First and foremost: as a general rule, you should never engage in a voluntary safety audit if you are not prepared and willing to…  

Element Two of the Unpreventable Employee Misconduct Defense: Effective Communication

In part two of this four-part series addressing the “unpreventable employee misconduct” defense, we will examine the second element an employer must prove to successfully defend against an OSHA citation: that the employer effectively communicated a rule, which, if followed, would have prevented the violation. The idea behind this element is simple: the employer must be able to show that the employee whose conduct was in violation of the rule had previously been told about the rule. However, proving that the communication (1) occurred and…