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Hands-free driving law creates potential exposures and legal implications for employers

On August 1, 2019, the expanded “hands-free” technology-while-driving law went into effect in the State of Minnesota. This means when a motor vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic (yes, that means while stopped at a stoplight), the driver is prohibited from using a wireless communication device without hands-free technology. Penalties are $50 for a first offence (plus court fees) and $275 for each offense thereafter. 

Scaffolding safety remains #3 on OSHA’s most cited violations list

Each year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases the Top 10 Most Cited Violations of safety and health standards, and in this article series we are discussing the third most cited violation: fall protection. The previous two articles in this series were about respiratory protection and the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout-Tagout) regulation.

Number 4 on OSHA’s Most Cited Violations list: Respiratory protection

This month’s article is about the fourth most frequently cited violation: respiratory protection. About five million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States, according to the US. Department of Labor (DOL). Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and sprays.