Safety and OSHA News

Company nurse fails to diagnose worker’s stroke: Is this a worker’s comp case?

A worker sued his employer and the company nurse alleging he was misdiagnosed after suffering a stroke at work. The company says the lawsuit should be thrown out because this is a workers’ comp case. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Killed in company vehicle crash on the way home: Does widow get death benefits?

An estimator, who traveled as part of his job, died when his work vehicle was involved in a crash on the way home. During the commute, he talked to his boss on the phone. Did his widow get workers’ comp death benefits?  [Read more…]

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Passed out, fell while smoking first e-cig and applies for workers’ comp

This employee was on a break and had just stepped out of his employer’s vehicle when he passed out and fell to the ground. Was this work-related and eligible for workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Butcher couldn’t feel cold in fingers: Does he get comp for frostbite, infections?

In the middle of winter, it might seem like a benefit if you couldn’t feel cold in your extremities. However, that lack of sensation can lead to workplace injuries – and they may not qualify for workers’ comp.  [Read more…]

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No one saw him fall, his story changes: Will he get workers’ comp?

Imagine this injury case: No one saw an employee’s fall. On top of that, some details of his story change over time. Is it worth contesting his workers’ comp claim?  [Read more…]

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Employee injured in crash; how long should his disability payments continue?

Workers’ comp disability payments to an employee injured in a work-related truck crash were cut off. Does he have to “re-prove” his injuries for the payments to continue?  [Read more…]

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Injured worker reportedly did ‘donuts’ with forklift: Will he get workers’ comp?

A court considers whether “thrill seeking” on the job prohibits an injured employee from receiving workers’ comp benefits.  [Read more…]

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20 years after 25 deaths: How is state’s safety plan doing?

Twenty years ago, 25 workers died in a chicken plant fire in North Carolina. The tragedy caused a large upgrade of the state’s occupational safety agency. How is North Carolina OSHA doing now? [Read more…]

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