Safety and OSHA News

Top 10 causes of disabling workplace injuries and their costs

Why is workplace safety a good business investment? Because the alternative is costly, to the tune of almost $60 billion a year, as this new report shows.  [Read more…]

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‘Nasty’ bathroom causes career-ending injury: Is company liable?

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A train engineer says the lead locomotive bathroom on his train was so “nasty” that he couldn’t use it when he needed to vomit. He threw up over the side of the locomotive, fell off the train onto the ground, and injured his back. Is his employer liable?

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Top 10 costly workplace injuries

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The leading causes of workplace injuries cost U.S. employers a staggering amount in workers’ compensation costs each year. Even the cost per week is a huge number.  [Read more…]

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Safety stats: 90% mistakenly believe they’re tracking this correctly

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Something must be wrong here: A new study says only 10% of companies surveyed are tracking a key safety statistic correctly.  [Read more…]

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No workers’ comp benefits for employee’s cancer death

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A company refused to give an employee time off to have a lump removed which was eventually found to be an aggressive form of cancer. Can the employee’s family receive survivor’s benefits from workers’ comp? [Read more…]

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The case of the gangrenous groin: Would workers’ comp pay?

If an injury occurs immediately after a workplace incident, is it necessarily work-related and does it qualify for workers’ comp benefits? It’s the question in this case of the gangrenous groin. [Read more…]

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Company appeals workers’ comp benefits, says employee can work

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No one could blame a company for contesting total disability payments under workers’ comp if the employee could really go back to work. But there are ramifications for taking a workers’ comp appeal too far.

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Which new regs are on top of OSHA’s priority list?

OSHA has a lot of proposed new regs in the pipeline, from silica exposure limits to injury and illness prevention programs. Now we have an idea of the order in which they will receive action. [Read more…]

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How far do you have to go to accommodate a lifting restriction?

Due to a workplace injury, an employee had a permanent 20-pound lifting restriction. She applied for a position that required heavy lifting. Did the company have to accept her suggestion on how to accommodate her restriction? [Read more…]

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Injured while dislodging jammed machine: Lawsuit or workers’ comp?

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A worker says his supervisor told him to unclog a machine while it was still running. The employee was injured, and now he wants to sue the employer instead of going through the workers’ comp system. Did a court allow him to sue? [Read more…]

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