Safety and OSHA News

Did pre-existing condition negate workers’ comp for injury?

An employee had two previous surgeries for herniated discs, neither one caused by work. Years later he injured his back again, this time on the job. Will workers’ comp pay for this injury?  [Read more…]

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Worker didn’t submit to drug test but gets workers’ comp anyway

In this state, if a worker refuses a drug test after a workplace injury, he’s presumed to be intoxicated and workers’ comp benefits can be denied. But in this case, the worker didn’t take the drug test and he got benefits anyway. Why did a court allow the worker to receive benefits?  [Read more…]

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Fell off chair at work: Will workers’ comp pay for back surgery?

An employee slipped off a chair and injured her elbow, back and head. Would workers’ compensation pay for surgery more than a decade later?  [Read more…]

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Should tip income be included in workers’ comp calculation?

A worker’s pay consisted of hourly wages and tips received from customers. After he was injured on the job, his workers’ comp was calculated using only his hourly pay. Should his tips be included? [Read more…]

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Getting workers’ comp, but caught working — as a stripper

Oh, the difficult life of a workers’ comp fraud investigator, having to track down comp recipients who are scamming the system. It’s a tough job that includes visiting places such as … strip clubs? [Read more…]

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