Mark, a software engineer, was entering work on a brisk day in January 2012 when he slipped and fell in the parking lot due to black ice. Mark felt a pop in his knee and immediately sought medical attention. His doctor diagnosed him with a strained knee and recommended that he stay home for two weeks (example only, this does not reflect actual events).
In 2012, 360 Massachusetts employees reported falling on snow or ice and missed work. These are easily preventable accidents. Protect your employees during winter weather by inspecting building conditions, and implementing preventive maintenance strategies.
Building and Ground Maintenance
Up on the Rooftop—Don’t Put Your Workers at Risk During Snow Removal posted on Feb 18
Removing snow from rooftops on municipal and state properties must be done safely to protect workers from injury. After excessive snowfalls like we have seen, the weight of the snow could impact the structural integrity of roofs and can be a cause for concern. Workers …Continue Reading Up on the Rooftop—Don’t Put Your Workers at Risk During Snow Removal
Turning up the Heat in the Workplace—Guidelines for Minimum Temperatures posted on Feb 4
With indoor heating systems working on overdrive this time of year, the Department of Labor Standards often fields calls about employer obligations for workplace heat in stores, offices, and other indoor businesses. Private sector employers in Massachusetts are obligated by federal law (OSHA) to provide …Continue Reading Turning up the Heat in the Workplace—Guidelines for Minimum Temperatures
The Green Book Goes Digital ‒ Department of Labor Relations Posts First Searchable Database on MA Public Employee Collective Bargaining Laws posted on Feb 2
The Department of Labor Relations (DLR) has created a searchable electronic Green Book, giving readers free and easy access to Massachusetts Public Employee Collective Bargaining Laws with inter-active links to cited law, regulations and cases.