Safety and OSHA News

Nurse practitioner pleads guilty to running an illegal pain clinic

Medical personnel need the proper licensing to write pain medication prescriptions for injured workers, or else they could face felony charges.  [Read more…]

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Did injured worker prove employer violated safety reg and get additional comp benefits?

An employee says his employer could have taken steps to prevent his injury, therefore he deserves additional workers’ comp benefits. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Authorities: Man collected $684K in disability after work injury while still employed (video)

Investigators say an Ohio man committed workers’ comp fraud by working for over 20 years as a fireplace salesman while collecting benefits. The accused was caught because he called a state insurance office to ask a question about his benefits. His voicemail gave him away on a return call.  [Read more…]

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Did company know about hazard? OSHA fine hangs in the balance

A piece of concrete block fell down an elevator shaft from the 14th floor of a building to the basement, striking an elevator mechanic on the head. Is a masonry company at fault, and will an OSHA fine stick?  [Read more…]

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Officer shot himself to collect workers’ comp

A judge has sentenced a former police officer to 90 days in jail for making up a story about being shot in the line of duty. The officer shot himself in the arm and then filed for workers’ comp.  [Read more…]

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Injured employee working in a bar: Does she lose comp?

No joke. An injured employee on workers’ comp walks into a bar … and goes to work. What did a court have to say about this?   [Read more…]

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Does employee qualify for workers’ comp because of slip/fall on ‘tacky’ floor?

An employee fell at work while walking and broke her hip. There was no spill or other hazard on the walking surface, but the employee said the floor was “tacky.” Does she get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Can dead worker’s relatives sue employer for wrongful death?

It’s difficult for relatives of a deceased worker to sue an employer for wrongful death because workers’ comp is considered the “exclusive remedy.” But this state has an exception to that rule. Did this case fit the exception?  [Read more…]

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Worker loses part of arm in shredder; OSHA fines company $570K

Just over a year ago, OSHA cited this company for machine hazard violations. Eight months later, a man lost part of his arm due to similar hazards, and the company faces a half-million dollar fine.  [Read more…]

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What happens to workers’ comp when employee is fired after injury?

Two cases involving firings and injuries, two different outcomes. Why were they decided differently?  [Read more…]

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