Safety and OSHA News

Why did court allow injured worker to sue his employer?

It’s rare that a court allows an injured worker to sue his employer besides collecting workers’ compensation benefits. Why did that happen in this case?  [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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$1.75M fine in Goodyear safety settlement following 4 worker deaths

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has agreed to pay $1.75 million in connection with four separate incidents at its Danville, VA, plant that claimed the lives of four workers.  [Read more…]

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Professor avoids prison in death of student due to lab fire

A deal with prosecutors will keep a university professor out of prison in connection with the death of a student who wasn’t wearing proper protection while handling hazardous chemicals in a lab.  [Read more…]

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Worker dies of burns from gas explosion; Jury awards his family $2.6M

It’s rare that a family can successfully sue a company in connection with the death of a relative who was an employee — workers’ comp is usually the exclusive remedy. [Read more…]

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Can employer demand information from workers’ comp recipient’s doctor?

Does HIPAA prohibit companies from obtaining medical information directly from a doctor treating a recipient of workers’ comp benefits? [Read more…]

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11 injured in fireworks mishap; victim gets skin grafts

You’ve all heard the warnings: Let the professionals set off fireworks. The real dangers of these explosives become apparent when even the pros have problems. [Read more…]

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When the workweek is over, the real danger begins

Fire departments and hospital emergency rooms are gearing up for what might be the most dangerous day of the year. [Read more…]

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Worker killed when ladder touched power line

Here’s a reminder for workers that aluminum ladders and overhead power lines can be a deadly combination. [Read more…]

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Explosion injures 8 workers, closes part of building

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and local authorities are investigating to find the cause of an explosion at a middle school construction site that caused serious injuries to eight workers. [Read more…]

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