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Thursday, February 27, 2014

No Teeth, No Respect

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One of the topics that was discussed at the 11th Annual National Workers' Compensation Insurance ExecuSummit held at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center & Hotel in Uncasville, CT was the deterrent effect workers' compensation could have over and above safety regulations on worker safety.

The theory goes (and I'm sure has some validity) that when properly educated an employer would see the light be providing a more safe work place and instigate work safety initiatives and incentives.

Some employers don't care.

Alas, an administrative law judge's appeal decision last month upheld serious citations issued by Cal OSHA to San Francisco-based adult film employer Treasure Island Media Inc. for inadequate protection of employees during production of adult film videos.

Serious citations are those that can cause death or serious physical injury. The final penalty for the safety violations was $8,670, lowered on administrative appeal from Cal OSHA's proposed penalty of $20,485.

The allegations were that Treasure Island Media performers were featured having sex with multiple partners without mandated controls to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including HIV, and Hepatitis B and C. The bloodborne pathogen standard for workplaces was adopted to prevent workers from exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

The first serious violation alleged that Treasure Island lacked an exposure control plan to limit employee contact with infectious bodily materials during...
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