Safety and OSHA News

Did injured worker prove employer violated safety reg and get additional comp benefits?

An employee says his employer could have taken steps to prevent his injury, therefore he deserves additional workers’ comp benefits. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Can deaf worker safely drive forklift? Court weighs in

Here’s a tough call to make: A deaf employee drove forklifts safely on a daily basis for years. Then, a corporate policy said he could no longer do that for safety reasons. Do you bar him from operating forklifts? And what did a court have to say?

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Did employer completely ignore workers’ safety concerns?

More than a dozen times over a two-month period, employees made notations in logs about a crane cable that needed to be repaired. But a court said the company “utterly failed to take steps to discover violations.” What happened when the company appealed a $56,000 OSHA fine?  [Read more…]

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Crane hook knocks over lift; worker killed

OSHA is investigating the death of a construction worker in New Hampshire who fell 15 feet from a scissor lift. [Read more…]

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Steel beams fatally strike worker in head; family gets $2.85M

What happens when the widow of an employee killed at work is allowed to sue the employer over and above workers’ comp benefits? Once a judge allows a lawsuit to go forward, an expensive settlement, such as this one, is often the result. [Read more…]

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Worker struck and killed by forklift

OSHA is investigating a fatality in which a worker at a marine terminal was struck by a forklift carrying a large load. [Read more…]

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Crane crashes into house; OSHA investigates

OSHA policy says it will investigate an incident when there is a fatality or multiple serious injuries. The agency can also use its discretion to look into situations in which there was no bodily harm, but there was significant structural damage. [Read more…]

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Lack of safety training leads to worker fatality and OSHA fine

A crane operator who crashed into a 105-foot light pole that killed a worker didn’t receive proper training, according to OSHA. [Read more…]

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$11M verdict: Why didn’t workers’ comp cover this fatality?

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Workers’ comp laws usually prohibit lawsuits against companies when a worker is seriously injured or killed on the job. But a lawyer in Texas found a way to skirt the law and win a huge jury award. [Read more…]

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Crane operator killed by flying bolt

From our Bizarre Accidents file: A man operating a crane was killed instantly when he was struck in the head by a flying bolt. [Read more…]

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