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Jon Lewis

No Jury? No Judge Now!

I recently posted that obtaining a jury is getting more and more difficult in civil cases.  Well, Monday, the process began where it might become more difficult to even get a Judge.  On Monday, August 15, 2016, an order was […]

Jon Lewis

You Want a Jury in your Case? SORRY!

NO JURY (SOUP) FOR YOU!!!!! The 7th Amendment of the United States Constitution provides: In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Ohio Company Cited for Failing to Protect Employees from Chemical Hazards

Ohio sign manufacturer Sign Source USA has been cited again for workers’ safety violations. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), this is the third time safety and health inspectors have […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Brooklyn School Cited by OSHA for Exposing Workers to Electrical Hazards

According to a recent report from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov private school in Brooklyn, New York, exposed construction employees to dangerous conditions at a six-story school and office building in the Williamsburg section […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Pennsylvania Contractor BC Stucco and Stone Cited for Scaffolding Violations

On June 2, 2016, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced that Pennsylvania stucco contractor BC Stucco and Stone would be fined $93,000 for exposing employees to scaffolding dangers at a Bear, Delaware work site. The company was doing […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Plumber Dies Due to Company Negligence on a Construction Site

Roadway work zones are inherently hazardous, both for the vehicles that drive through them, and for the workers who are doing the construction. It’s up to the construction companies to make sure that these areas are as safe as possible, […]

Rick Shapiro

On the Job Scaffolding Injuries Are Common

The critical injury of a construction worker in Hartford CT is serving as an important reminder in that community about the importance of construction safety. According to the Hartford Courant last week, the 47 year-old worker was standing on a […]

Eric T. Chaffin

OHSA Cites Pennsylvania Insulation Manufacturing Facility for 7 Safety Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited an insulation manufacturing company in Pennsylvania for safety violations. The company now faces $66,000 in penalties for exposing workers to combustible dust and other hazards. OSHA Issues 7 Safety Citations to […]

Steven Cohn

Government Files Lawsuit Against Philadelphia Company for Unlawful Retaliation

If your fingers are crushed in a press brake and you speak up about it, should you be fired? According to a federal lawsuit, absolutely not, but that’s what happened to an employee who worked at the Lloyd Industries’ Montgomeryville […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Pennsylvania Grants Workers’ Comp Claim that Man was “Worked to Death”

If you have a heart attack on the job, is it possible to recover damages from a worker’s compensation claim? According to a recent order by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, yes. A widow filed a fatal claim petition on […]