Safety and OSHA News

Injured worker thrown from wheelchair during treatment: Additional comp benefits?

When an injured worker visits a medical facility for treatment, they’re supposed to get better. That wasn’t the case here, and now the injured worker wants more workers’ comp benefits.  [Read more…]

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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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Clocked out, fell on stairs leaving work: Can he get workers’ comp?

Are workers performing “employment services” when they’re entering or leaving their workplace for the day? The answer to that question determined whether this employee received workers’ comp benefits.  [Read more…]

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Court throws out 180-day provision for cumulative trauma injury benefits

A state supreme court has ruled that a portion of a workers’ compensation law that required 180 days of continuous work for a cumulative-trauma injury claim is unconstitutional.  [Read more…]

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Jury awards $2.2M to worker for back injury

What happens when a company chooses to go without workers’ comp insurance? One potential result is a large jury award when an employee is injured, such as what happened in this case.  [Read more…]

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Contractor’s thumb severed by unguarded machine: Can he sue?

Who is responsible for a contract employee’s at-work injury is evolving in many states. Reason: More and more state courts are recognizing an exception to standard premises liability law in cases like this one.  [Read more…]

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Is company on the hook for temp worker’s injuries?

From a financial point of view, one benefit to companies of using temps is that the employment agency’s workers’ comp insurance covers the workers. But does this eliminate a liability for businesses, or just create a new one?  [Read more…]

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Wal-Mart opts out of workers’ comp program

Wal-Mart has decided to manage its own injury benefits program in one state. That’s led proponents and opponents of such an option to weigh-in on whether it’s a good idea for businesses or not. [Read more…]

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