Safety and OSHA News

Disciplined because he filed for workers’ comp or due to positive drug test?

An employee claims his employer retaliated against him for collecting workers’ comp benefits. What did a court think about his claim?  [Read more…]

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Disability accommodation: Did company do enough to find special steel-toe boots?

A job requires steel-toe boots for safety. An injured worker can’t wear traditional steel-toe boots. What is a company supposed to do?  [Read more…]

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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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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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Is stack of boxes a workplace hazard? Workers’ comp depends on answer

In some states, workers’ comp won’t provide disability coverage if an employee’s injury resulted from a hazard that regularly occurs outside the workplace. That’s why in this case, defining what is and what isn’t a workplace hazard determined whether an employee received benefits.  [Read more…]

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Company sued for testing applicants for carpal tunnel syndrome

Can companies make hiring decisions based on whether someone is more likely to be injured on the job? That’s the question in a lawsuit against a manufacturing company.  [Read more…]

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New study confirms impact of low-back pain

A new global study confirms statistics from the U.S. federal government on the prevalence of back pain among workers.  [Read more…]

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Injured pulling out of employer’s parking lot: Workers’ comp?

While pulling out of her employer’s parking lot, an employee’s vehicle was hit by another car. The employee’s vehicle was partially in the street and still in the parking lot. Can the injured employee get workers’ comp? [Read more…]

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Employee trips in employer’s parking lot: Workers’ comp for injury?

After parking his personal vehicle in his employer’s parking lot, an employee trips over a cement parking block. He tears a ligament and is out of work for a while. Can he get workers’ comp? [Read more…]

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Does drug dealing disqualify him from receiving workers’ comp?

To continue receiving workers’ comp benefits, an injured employee said he hadn’t received any income during a particular period. Well, at least he didn’t earn any income legally … [Read more…]

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