Safety and OSHA News

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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Will workers’ comp pay for medical pot for back pain?

In a state where medical marijuana is legal, a recent court decision has reinforced a previous one regarding pot prescriptions under workers’ comp.

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7 startling facts about prescription painkillers

You’ve probably heard about the increase in painkiller abuse in the U.S. But some statistics gathered by the National Safety Council (NSC) on this epidemic are real eye-openers. [Read more…]

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NSC: Prescription drug overdoses now ‘national epidemic’

The National Safety Council has declared prescription drug overdoses in the U.S. to be a “national epidemic.” That’s a pretty strong statement, but the NSC backs it up with facts and makes recommendations on how to reverse the trend. [Read more…]

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Company tested all workers for legal drugs: $750K settlement

With all the reports about increasing use of painkillers, such as opioids, it’s no wonder some companies are testing employees for the legal substances for safety reasons. But, as this case shows, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do that. [Read more…]

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