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Fred Hosier

Fred Hosier, editor of Safety News Alert, is a Group Publisher for Progressive Business Publications’ Compliance Group of newsletters. He is the managing editor of the online and print publication Safety Compliance Alert. He is also the Managing Editor of the Environmental Compliance Alert. Previously at PBP he was editor of the newsletter Communication Bulletin for Managers and Supervisors.
Fred’s been in the communications business since 1985, including 11 years at WILM Newsradio in Wilmington, DE, where as News Director he and his team were the recipients of multiple awards from The Associated Press, The Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio/Television News Directors Association, including the Edward R. Murrow award for Overall Excellence of a broadcast news organization.
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Trench collapse kills worker, but company doesn’t learn its lesson: $714K in fines

You’d think after an employee died in a trench collapse a company would follow good practices during excavation projects. That wasn’t the case with this company.  [Read more…]

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Employee injured in crash; how long should his disability payments continue?

Workers’ comp disability payments to an employee injured in a work-related truck crash were cut off. Does he have to “re-prove” his injuries for the payments to continue?  [Read more…]

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Son killed, father injured in confined space; $249K fine

One worker died and his father was seriously injured in a confined space case in Texas. Now OSHA has fined a tank cleaning company almost a quarter of a million dollars.  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp insurance lapsed, employee injured: Can he sue company?

An employer accidentally let its workers’ comp insurance policy lapse, and it was temporarily canceled. During that time, an employee was seriously injured. Can the employee sue the company?  [Read more…]

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Pill mill docs who got millions in kickbacks for prescribing opioids sent to prison

To combat the opioid addiction crisis in the U.S., investigators and prosecutors are ferreting out doctors who over prescribe the pain meds. Example: Two Alabama doctors are now going to prison for a very long time.  [Read more…]

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From name-calling to fistfight to injuries: Will he get workers’ comp?

It might be difficult to keep some hot-heads from getting into physical fights at work. But if a fight leads to an injury, do you have to pay workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Worker pulled into machine, crushed to death; $226K in fines

Jonathan Gilmore, 26, was killed when he was pulled into a machine and crushed. Now OSHA has issued the employer more than $226K in fines.  [Read more…]

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Injured leaving union meeting: Can she get workers’ comp?

An employer provided a conference room for an after-work union meeting. An employee slipped and fell leaving the meeting. Can she get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Can dead worker’s relatives sue employer for wrongful death?

It’s difficult for relatives of a deceased worker to sue an employer for wrongful death because workers’ comp is considered the “exclusive remedy.” But this state has an exception to that rule. Did this case fit the exception?  [Read more…]

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Injured worker reportedly did ‘donuts’ with forklift: Will he get workers’ comp?

A court considers whether “thrill seeking” on the job prohibits an injured employee from receiving workers’ comp benefits.  [Read more…]

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