Safety and OSHA News

Complaint brings OSHA in – repeat violations boost fine to $179K

When OSHA finds multiple violations at a company, you can be sure the agency will be back, particularly if it receives a complaint about safety hazards.  [Read more…]

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LP forklift used in hazardous atmosphere; 2 workers burned, $110K OSHA fine

A lack of safety training and a forklift not approved for use in a hazardous environment proved to be an explosive combination.  [Read more…]

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4 burned in explosion; $119K OSHA fine

OSHA has fined a St. Louis company $119,000 in connection with an explosion last August that injured four workers, two of them critically.  [Read more…]

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Re-injured worker tests positive for pot: Comp benefits suspended?

A company had a drug-free workplace policy so its heavy machinery was used safely. An employee suffered an injury, and his drug test turned up positive for marijuana. Could the company suspend his workers’ comp benefits because of the positive drug test? [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp for undocumented employee: Does injury status matter?

State-by-state, appeals courts across the country are having to deal with this question: Does workers’ comp extend to undocumented workers? In this recent case, lawyers arguing for the company focused on one particular aspect to make their case against benefits. [Read more…]

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Court upholds prison sentences for 4 managers on safety/environmental violations

Four former managers at a pipe manufacturing company have lost their latest appeal of prison sentences and financial penalties in connection with several safety and environmental compliance violations. [Read more…]

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30-year-old worker killed in forklift mishap

When two separate safety problems combine, the result too often is fatal. [Read more…]

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Will employee’s Facebook page end his injury lawsuit?

An employee said a workplace injury left him in pain, unable to “enjoy life’s pleasures” or wear shorts because of an embarrassing scar. Given those claims, attorneys for his former employer were interested in what was on his Facebook page. [Read more…]

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Worker lost leg: Can he sue his employer for damages?

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Q: When is workers’ compensation, the so-called “exclusive remedy” for employee injuries, not an exclusive remedy? A: When the injured employee can prove the company knew an injury was likely to occur.

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Employee killed after scissor lift hit by forklift

An electrical contract worker was killed and another employee was critically injured after they fell 30 feet from a scissor lift. [Read more…]

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