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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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Authorities: Man collected $684K in disability after work injury while still employed (video)

Investigators say an Ohio man committed workers’ comp fraud by working for over 20 years as a fireplace salesman while collecting benefits. The accused was caught because he called a state insurance office to ask a question about his benefits. His voicemail gave him away on a return call.  [Read more…]

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Railroad sues two of its employees for train crash

A large U.S. railroad is saying “pay up” to two of its employees, claiming they caused a crash that destroyed equipment and sent four people to the hospital.  [Read more…]

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Employee’s account of injury doesn’t match what’s on video

At first, this employer paid an employee’s workers’ comp claim – doctors had diagnosed injuries. But after seeing a video of when the injury was alleged to have taken place, the employer changed its mind. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Employee strikes out a second time trying to get workers’ comp for softball injury

Other employees had received workers’ comp benefits for injuries they received while playing on this employer’s softball team. Why wasn’t that the case for this employee?  [Read more…]

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He claimed hearing loss after just two months on the job: What did a court think?

This employee suffered hearing loss because of years of working around loud equipment. He worked just two months for his last employer, then filed a workers’ comp claim for hearing damage. Did he receive benefits?  [Read more…]

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Didn’t report neck pain for 2 months: Will it be included in comp coverage?

Nobody questions that this employee was injured on the job. Although he reported injuries immediately afterward, he didn’t mention anything specifically about neck pain until two months later. Did he get comp coverage for the neck pain, too?  [Read more…]

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Did company know about hazard? OSHA fine hangs in the balance

A piece of concrete block fell down an elevator shaft from the 14th floor of a building to the basement, striking an elevator mechanic on the head. Is a masonry company at fault, and will an OSHA fine stick?  [Read more…]

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Not sure what she tripped over: Is this a compensable injury?

The employee in this case was injured while walking down a hallway. She fell when she tripped over something, but she’s not sure what made her fall. Is this a workers’ comp injury?  [Read more…]

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He waited 5 months to get medical treatment: Will workers’ comp pay?

An employee’s claim that he was injured months ago and waited to get treatment can often raise suspicions on whether the injury is really work-related. How did a court rule in this case?  [Read more…]

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Chronic opioid use: How it starts and ends, and what employers can do

How long does it take for chronic opioid users to wean completely off the drugs after a workplace injury?  [Read more…]

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