Safety and OSHA News

Did mistake in urine collection allow injured worker to receive comp benefits?

This case shows that some states will hold employers to strict standards when it comes to proving that an employee shouldn’t receive workers’ comp because they were under the influence of marijuana.  [Read more…]

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Injured from fall, tested positive for weed: Does she get workers’ comp?

Judges split 2-1 on whether an employee who was injured at work should receive workers’ comp benefits after testing positive for weed. Which side prevailed?  [Read more…]

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Workforce drug positive rate highest in a decade

Recent statistics show, while the U.S. may be making strides in the opioid epidemic, usage for some illegal drugs has gone up.  [Read more…]

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Positive drug test wasn’t cause of injury: What happens to workers’ comp?

After suffering a workplace injury, an employee tested positive for marijuana. The company admits drug use wasn’t the cause of the injury. Can the company deny workers’ comp to the employee?  [Read more…]

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Positive worker drug tests rise for third year in a row

An annual report shows drug use in the U.S. workforce has risen to the highest level in nearly a decade.  [Read more…]

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Post-injury drug test is positive for pot: Can company fire worker?

An employee had a license to use medical marijuana. After he was injured at work, he tested positive for pot. The employer has a drug-free workplace policy. Can the company fire the worker?

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No one saw fatal incident: Was worker’s pot use to blame for his death?

An employee working alone on the night shift was found seriously wounded and died. A post-injury drug test showed marijuana present in his system. Will the drug test negate workers’ comp death benefits for his family?

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New study: Fewer drunk, more drugged drivers

A federal agency credits the decades-long campaign to combat drunk driving for the drop in alcohol-impaired drivers. But the question remains: What’s causing the increase in drugged drivers?  [Read more…]

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Study: 1 in 10 employees have shown up for work high

Here’s a chilling stat: Almost 10% of workers have admitted to coming to work high.  [Read more…]

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Employers should check their drug policies

Availability of legal, recreational pot in Washington state is a big change. What hasn’t changed is employers’ ability to test their employees for marijuana use. Even so, employers should check their drug policies in light of the new pot law.  [Read more…]

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