Safety and OSHA News

Report: Opioid abuse down, but progress is uneven

A new federal government report shows about one-in-25 people age 12 or older in the U.S. used prescription pain relievers without a doctor’s direction in the past year.  [Read more…]

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Teacher assaulted by student gets workers’ comp; can he sue, too?

A teacher injured when he broke up a fight between two students sued his employer for negligence even though he received workers’ comp benefits. Did a court allow the lawsuit?  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp must pay for medical marijuana in third state

Add a third state to the list of those that require workers’ compensation to pay for medical marijuana.  [Read more…]

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Injured playing laser tag at employee event: Does he get workers’ comp?

Employees who are injured during “voluntary recreational programs” are exempt from workers’ comp coverage under this state’s law. The question in this case: Was this particular laser tag game really voluntary?

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When do trip-and-falls qualify for workers’ comp?

An employee fractured her ankle on stairs at work and filed for workers’ comp. Is this a compensable injury?  [Read more…]

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Forgers used OSHA fine checks in fraud scheme

Authorities in Minnesota are asking the 759 businesses there that paid an OSHA fine in 2009 to examine their books carefully. They may be the victims of a check-fraud operation. [Read more…]

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