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Slaying of Social Services Worker Raises Safety Citation Issues

June 7, 2018, 8:29 PM

Whether OSHA can hold a social services firm responsible for the death of an employee, stabbed while visiting a client, may depend on whether the employer should have attempted to check the client’s criminal history.

A decision on the case by the panel that hears appeals of OSHA citations, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, could determine how far the agency can go citing employers for not trying to prevent workplace attacks.

Because the Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t have a specific regulation covering violent acts, it depends on the “general duty clause,” which requires employers ...