Safety and OSHA News

Wal-Mart faces lawsuit in fatal truck crash

Comedian Tracy Morgan and two others have filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart alleging it was negligent in the truck crash that killed comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and severely injured Morgan and others.  [Read more…]

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Prescription pain killers: The NFL story

To educate employees about the dangers of prolonged use of prescription painkillers, companies might want to share stories that recently came to light from former professional football players.

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Worker dies of burns from gas explosion; Jury awards his family $2.6M

It’s rare that a family can successfully sue a company in connection with the death of a relative who was an employee — workers’ comp is usually the exclusive remedy. [Read more…]

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Another way deficient safety programs can cost companies big bucks

A lawyer took a supermarket chain to task for not having a sufficient safety program, and it cost the employer big bucks. But this isn’t about an OSHA fine or a workers’ comp trial. [Read more…]

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Investors sue BP over spill, say it misled them over ‘safety first’ policy

It’s been more than two years since the explosion at a BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The potential consequences for BP continue to pile up, as a new lawsuit shows. [Read more…]

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Workers and employers suing state workers’ comp bureau

It’s been said that if both sides in a dispute are unhappy with you, you must be doing something right. That could be the situation involving the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) since it faces two separate lawsuits …  [Read more…]

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Steel beams fatally strike worker in head; family gets $2.85M

What happens when the widow of an employee killed at work is allowed to sue the employer over and above workers’ comp benefits? Once a judge allows a lawsuit to go forward, an expensive settlement, such as this one, is often the result. [Read more…]

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Worker’s genitals severed; lawsuit filed against employer

A lawsuit in Florida alleges that lack of machine guarding left an employee disfigured. [Read more…]

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Victim’s daughter sues cellphone companies over fatal crash

Has the cell phone industry done enough to warn customers that it’s dangerous to use the devices and drive at the same time? One woman is taking her opinion to court. [Read more…]

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Should employers pay for workers’ second-hand smoke exposure?

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As states pass non-smoking laws, fewer service employees are exposed to customers’ second-hand smoke. But should companies be liable for their workers who still encounter it on the job? Some businesses are facing lawsuits. [Read more…]

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