Safety and OSHA News

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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Top workers’ comp cases of 2016 Part 1: The issues

With a mix of brand new, evolving and old issues, here are 10 workers’ comp cases from 2016 that show the questions courts have faced in the last 12 months on who gets to participate in the system known as the grand bargain:  [Read more…]

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Worker fired after complaining about mold: Company must pay her $105K

A company fired an employee after she complained about mold in an office. Now a court judgment orders the employer to pay her $105,000 and take other action.  [Read more…]

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Did dust and mold at work cause asthma? Can employee get workers’ comp?

A worker says when her employer moved her work space to the basement of a building, she developed disabling asthma from poor indoor air quality. Can she get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Were worker’s breathing problems from mold or smoking?

An employee said she developed breathing problems due to exposure to mold from the air conditioning where she worked. The company said her problems came from smoking. When it came to workers’ comp, what did a court think?  [Read more…]

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Moldy lottery tickets: New hazard?

An OSHA fact sheet says mold “can grow on almost any material.” Apparently, that includes lottery tickets. Two employees have filed for workers’ comp benefits over the moldy scratch-offs. [Read more…]

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Itchy eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat at work? It’s probably NOT mold

When it comes to indoor air quality, mold gets all the attention. But according to an occupational hygienist with Connecticut OSHA, when he investigates potential mold complaints, it’s usually not the problem. Instead, the problem is … [Read more…]

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