Safety and OSHA News

Fell, injured after clocking out: Did she get workers’ comp?

This employee had clocked out after her shift and was leaving her workplace when she slipped, fell and was injured. She applied for workers’ comp benefits. Did a court grant them?  [Read more…]

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Did injury leave worker without use of his hands?

An electric shock caused this worker to lose one finger and part of a thumb, and also caused nerve damage. For workers’ comp purposes, did this amount to loss of use of both of his hands?  [Read more…]

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Did injury from slip-and-fall in employee parking lot qualify for workers’ comp?

It’s an all-too-common situation: An employee slips and falls in an employee parking lot. His injury keeps him out of work for a few months. Did he qualify for workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Was employee warned not to use equipment before fatal injury?

A bridge inspector died when he was pinned between an aerial lift and an overpass beam. His employer contested death benefits for his widow, arguing he violated a work rule. How did a court decide this case?  [Read more…]

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Was fatal car crash exception to workers’ comp coming-and-going rule?

A manager was asked to travel to one of his employer’s locations outside of his regular shift to check on a problem. On the way there, he was involved in a car crash and died of his injuries. Should his dependents get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Should workers’ comp pay for med to counteract drowsiness from opioids?

An employee takes opioids for chronic back pain following a workplace injury. His doctor prescribed another drug to counteract drowsiness from taking opioids. Does workers’ comp have to pay for the second medication?  [Read more…]

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Did strenuous work cause employee’s at-work, fatal heart attack?

Heart attacks can be covered by workers’ compensation insurance depending on the circumstances. Witness and expert medical testimony swayed the court in this case.  [Read more…]

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Worker hurt while driving company truck to his home: Can he get comp?

Usually, employees don’t get workers’ comp for injuries suffered in a vehicle crash while driving to or from work, but there are exceptions. Do any of the exceptions apply in this case?  [Read more…]

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‘Good Samaritan’ worker injured in rescue attempt: Does he get comp?

An employee was injured trying to rescue another worker. His employer says he shouldn’t get workers’ comp because attempting a rescue wasn’t part of his work duties. How did a court rule?

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Worker deaths up — in this economy?

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Attention, those who believe that OSHA has gone overboard with its workplace safety regulations: You’ve got one less fact to support your argument. When all is said and done, the final count of worker fatalities in 2010 will be higher than in 2009. [Read more…]

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