Safety and OSHA News

Was truck driver’s neck injury due to crash?

This employee applied for workers’ comp benefits for a neck injury. His employer said his neck problem was pre-existing and wasn’t due to work. Did he receive benefits?  [Read more…]

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Court rules injured contract workers entitled to $2.5M in civil damages from employer

An appeals court recently upheld a decision that two contract agricultural employees were entitled to $2.5 million in civil damages from the sugarcane farm where they were working.  [Read more…]

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What was right course for injured worker: Disability or light duty?

This employee tripped, fell and suffered injuries. Her employer terminated her for job abandonment. How did this happen, and what did a court have to say?  [Read more…]

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Did mold exposure create a compensable injury under workers’ comp?

There’s no question this former employee was exposed to mold at work. After the exposure, she developed an inflammatory illness that can affect the lungs. Did workers’ comp cover her condition?  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp: Just a broken toe or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Some doctors thought this employee could go back to work, while others said that wasn’t possible because she was still in pain. How did a court resolve this impasse?  [Read more…]

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From name-calling to fistfight to injuries: Will he get workers’ comp?

It might be difficult to keep some hot-heads from getting into physical fights at work. But if a fight leads to an injury, do you have to pay workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Worker contracts West Nile: Did mosquito bite happen at work?

Does a company have to pay workers’ comp benefits to an employee who contracted West Nile virus? How do you prove whether a mosquito bite happened at work?  [Read more…]

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Did employee forfeit his workers’ comp by having other income?

While on workers’ comp, this employee sold $1,355 worth of scrap metal. Did he violate the terms of workers’ comp by having another source of income?  [Read more…]

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Why does he get workers’ comp after failing drug test?

An employer refused to pay for an employee’s medical treatment after a post-accident drug screen detected two substances in his system. So why did a court recently rule that the employee should get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Which state has most long-term opioid use by injured workers?

A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) finds there’s been little reduction in longer-term opioid use by injured workers since 2008, despite warnings that prescription drug overdoses are now a national epidemic.  [Read more…]

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