The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees the safety of workers across the country, and they are responsible for addressing risks to employees, as well as gathering data to identify these hazards. To maintain accurate and timely data on injuries and fatalities in the workplace, OSHA enforces guidelines which companies must obey regarding the timeline and method that they report incidents in the workplace.
With two major recalls sweeping the nation very recently, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has come under close scrutiny. The GM ignition switches and Takata airbags that spurred the recall of millions of vehicles cost the lives of dozens of people, leading officials to examine why these issues were overlooked for so long. Evidence suggests that the NHTSA was aware of the GM defect as early as 2007, but failed to take decisive action.
In 2014, Honda has initiated a massive recall of vehicles, centered around the dangers of airbags manufactured by Takata. This month, the company added about 3 million more cars to the existing list vehicles included. This addition stems from Honda expanding the previously regional recall to the entire country.
According to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, a company that knows an automotive item contains a potentially hazardous defect, or reasonably should know, they must report this to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) within 5 days. If this duty is neglected, they can face serious civil penalties.
Tragedy struck this weekend in Lubbock, when a fatal pedestrian accident occurred. On Saturday, November 8th, 40-year-old Russell Ed Jupe ran into the street while chasing a dog and was struck by a school bus. The school bus was from the Amarillo Independent School District and was transporting 25 students to a swim meet in Lubbock at the time of the incident. This incident is a grim reminder of the dangers posed by vehicles on the road and the diligence needed when interacting with them.
The seventh amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants Americans the right to a trial by jury if they are seeking compensation in a civil matter. However, the Federal Arbitration Act has created the opportunity to settle disputes through other means instead.
The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) was established in 1925, granting both state and federal courts the ability to facilitate private disputes through a process called arbitration. This essentially gives legally binding power to the results of a dispute which is settled outside of court under certain guidelines. However, since this important legislation was passed, there have been a number of landmark cases that have shaped the way in which this Act is applied.
A number of jobs and tasks require the use of harsh or toxic chemicals. Even the simple act of running a machine can contaminate a work environment with hazardous fumes. When workers are exposed to these toxins, they can face both immediate and long-term threats of illness.