Safety and OSHA News

Did stroke cancel employee’s workers’ comp disability payments?

An injured employee sought permanent disability benefits under workers’ comp. Just three weeks after filing, she suffered a debilitating stroke. Did the company still have to pay her workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Did detached retina result from fall at work?

A greeter at a Wal-Mart fell and immediately suffered changed vision. He said the fall caused the retina to detach in one eye. However, he previously suffered a retina detachment in his other eye that wasn’t work related. Did he get workers’ comp benefits for the eye injury?  [Read more…]

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Should workers’ comp benefits be reduced because worker didn’t wear PPE?

The question the court had to decide in this case: Did the worker intentionally not wear his PPE?  [Read more…]

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Employee injured falling off yoga ball at her desk: Did she get workers’ comp?

This employee suffered a concussion at work without even leaving her desk.  [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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No one saw him fall, his story changes: Will he get workers’ comp?

Imagine this injury case: No one saw an employee’s fall. On top of that, some details of his story change over time. Is it worth contesting his workers’ comp claim?  [Read more…]

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Does employee qualify for workers’ comp because of slip/fall on ‘tacky’ floor?

An employee fell at work while walking and broke her hip. There was no spill or other hazard on the walking surface, but the employee said the floor was “tacky.” Does she get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Employee falls 37 feet onto co-worker; $189K in fines

Oregon OSHA says workers for this construction company were exposed to hazards that could cause death or serious injury as they worked to restore the Ross Island Bridge in Portland.  [Read more…]

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Clocked out, fell on stairs leaving work: Can he get workers’ comp?

Are workers performing “employment services” when they’re entering or leaving their workplace for the day? The answer to that question determined whether this employee received workers’ comp benefits.  [Read more…]

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Does .05 blood alcohol content disqualify employee from workers’ comp?

A company tried to deny workers’ comp benefits to an injured employee, saying he was intoxicated when he was injured. Just what counts as “intoxicated” when it comes to workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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