Safety and OSHA News

4 men drown in sewage tank after trying to rescue farmer trapped inside

It’s a story that’s still told too often: A confined space emergency turns into a multiple-death tragedy when workers try to rescue a colleague without the proper training or equipment.  [Read more…]

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Court rules injured contract workers entitled to $2.5M in civil damages from employer

An appeals court recently upheld a decision that two contract agricultural employees were entitled to $2.5 million in civil damages from the sugarcane farm where they were working.  [Read more…]

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Fungal infection due to trenching on the job or hay on employee’s hobby farm?

An employee contracted a fungal infection in his lungs while digging a trench, but his employer claimed he got the infection while bailing hay on his hobby farm. Was the employee able to get benefits?  [Read more…]

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Struck while on work-provided ATV, but he might’ve had a beer: Workers’ comp?

A farm worker was riding his employer’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV) after grabbing a beer at his residence and returning to the work site. He was struck by another vehicle and seriously injured. Did a court award him workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Company said worker was undocumented: Who has to prove that in comp case?

A company suspended workers’ comp benefits for an injured employee, claiming he was an undocumented worker. It was up to a state court to decide whether the worker had to prove he had a right to work in the U.S. or if the burden of proving he couldn’t work legally was on the company.

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Lone worker caught in manure spreader, killed

A man suffered fatal injuries while working alone on his family farm in Herkimer, NY. [Read more…]

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