2015 OSHA reporting and recordkeeping changes

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (also referred to as the OSH Act) was signed into law to help reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. The OSH Act established that employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace, and also created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA, a division of the United States Department of Labor, has the power to set and enforce workplace protective safety…

Firefighters, second jobs and workers compensation

Workers’ compensation provides benefits to employees who are injured on the job, including coverage for lost wages if the injury causes the employee to miss work. In some industries, such as the fire service, employees commonly have more than one job. Volunteer firefighters may have jobs outside of the Fire Department, and full-time firefighters may also be employed elsewhere. Many firefighters and paramedics work at more than one Fire Department.…