Safety and OSHA News

Appeals court considers whether workers’ comp should cover an opioid for back pain

If a doctor prescribes medication for an injured worker that generally isn’t recommended, does workers’ comp have to pay for it?  [Read more…]

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Chronic opioid use: How it starts and ends, and what employers can do

How long does it take for chronic opioid users to wean completely off the drugs after a workplace injury?  [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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Can widow get workers’ comp benefits after injured husband overdoses on opioids?

An injured worker died due to an overdose of oxycodone combined with alcohol. His widow sought workers’ compensation death benefits. Did she receive them?  [Read more…]

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Balloon pilot had 7 drugs in system at time of crash that killed 16

The National Transportation Safety Board says a hot-air balloon pilot had multiple drugs in his system, including an opioid painkiller, when a crash killed 16 people.  [Read more…]

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Top 9 states that are least prepared to handle opioid crisis

Which nine states are least prepared to deal with the opioid crisis? The National Safety Council has a new list.  [Read more…]

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Top 10 states with lowest and highest unintentional death rates

As part of National Safety Month, the National Safety Council has announced its annual list of states with the lowest and highest rates of unintentional injury deaths.  [Read more…]

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What are your odds of dying from … ?

To kick off National Safety Month, the National Safety Council has updated its annual list of the Odds of Dying from various causes.

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Employment lawyer: Expand traditional drug testing for safety

Is it time for your company to go beyond standard employee drug testing? A lawyer says the growing problem of prescription painkiller abuse in the U.S. makes expanded drug testing something companies should consider.  [Read more…]

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Authorities: Man used NFL player names in workers’ comp fraud

A Spokane Valley, WA, man faces fraud charges after authorities say he used the last names of Seattle Seahawk players when filling out fake workers’ comp injury reports to get painkillers.  [Read more…]

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