Safety and OSHA News

Railroad sues two of its employees for train crash

A large U.S. railroad is saying “pay up” to two of its employees, claiming they caused a crash that destroyed equipment and sent four people to the hospital.  [Read more…]

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He claimed hearing loss after just two months on the job: What did a court think?

This employee suffered hearing loss because of years of working around loud equipment. He worked just two months for his last employer, then filed a workers’ comp claim for hearing damage. Did he receive benefits?  [Read more…]

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Traveling worker gets sick, drives home, crashes truck; can he get workers’ comp?

Traveling employees are sometimes eligible for workers’ comp if they’re injured on a trip that benefits their employer. Was that the case for this truck driver?  [Read more…]

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Employee settled comp claim then died; can his widow collect benefits?

An employee settled a workers’ comp claim with his employer for a lump sum and waived all future claims. Not long afterward he died from his injury, and his widow filed to collect death benefits, which the employer refused to pay. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Was at-work heart attack caused by job exertion?

Doctors for a worker’s estate and his employer disagreed on whether work exertion led to his death. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Was employee’s fatal heart attack caused by unusual exertion and stress?

A towing company manager suffered a heart attack and died while attempting to extricate a truck from a culvert well below the surface of a highway. His widow was denied workers’ compensation death benefits. How did a court rule on her appeal?  [Read more…]

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Will workers’ comp cover morbidly obese worker’s back injury 22 years later?

When can a company’s workers’ comp insurance stop paying for an employee’s injury? And who bears the burden of proof whether the employee’s current pain is due to a long-ago injury?

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Waitress injured in bar fight: Will she get workers’ comp?

Injuries from assaults at work don’t automatically qualify for workers’ comp benefits. In this case, the owner of a bar said the injuries a waitress received in a fight shouldn’t qualify.

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State dismisses then reinstates OSHA violations in connection to fatality

Imagine this: A flash fire at work claims the life of a worker. The state issued 16 OSHA violations against the company and then dropped every one of them after the company appealed. Now the violations are reinstated. Here’s why: [Read more…]

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