Safety and OSHA News

Employee’s account of injury doesn’t match what’s on video

At first, this employer paid an employee’s workers’ comp claim – doctors had diagnosed injuries. But after seeing a video of when the injury was alleged to have taken place, the employer changed its mind. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Officer shot himself to collect workers’ comp

A judge has sentenced a former police officer to 90 days in jail for making up a story about being shot in the line of duty. The officer shot himself in the arm and then filed for workers’ comp.  [Read more…]

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Injured employee working in a bar: Does she lose comp?

No joke. An injured employee on workers’ comp walks into a bar … and goes to work. What did a court have to say about this?   [Read more…]

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Former safety manager pleads guilty to fraud

It’s still relatively rare for safety infractions to result in criminal charges. The exception often involves making false statements to the government, as is the case here.  [Read more…]

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Bragged about playing golf while on comp: Now he has to pay back $27K

Loose lips sink ships. In this case, bragging about how he would sink putts led to a criminal conviction for workers’ compensation fraud.  [Read more…]

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Ex-Postal Service employee faces jail time for workers’ comp fraud

A former U.S. Postal Service employee was recently convicted of conducting a 15-year workers’ comp fraud scheme. The jury determined she fraudulently collected more than $429,000 in federal disability benefits since September 2001.  [Read more…]

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Employee lied to get job: Can company deny his workers’ comp claim?

A company used two arguments to deny workers’ comp to an injured, undocumented worker: He can’t work legally in the U.S., and he lied to get the job. How did a court rule?

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He did what to try to get workers’ comp?

Some employees will go to great lengths to fake an injury and claim workers’ comp. In this case, the worker even damaged company property in his effort.  [Read more…]

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Too injured to work, but not too injured to race BMX bikes

And now, another edition of “caught on Facebook.” Authorities say an injured grounds maintenance employee was racing BMX-style bicycles while collecting wage-replacement payments from workers’ comp.

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‘Cathy Cashwell, come on down! You’re caught defrauding workers’ comp on the Price is Right!’

TV anchorman Dan Rather once wrote a book, “The Camera Never Blinks.” A former postal carrier collecting workers’ comp should have considered that before going on a TV game show. [Read more…]

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