Safety and OSHA News

Feds threaten suit over state law expanding workers’ comp for nuclear employees

Unless they can come to some sort of agreement, it looks like the federal government and Washington state may end up wrangling in court over workers’ comp for Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers.  [Read more…]

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Mysterious illness kills employee: Was it work-related?

An employer contested a widow’s application for workers’ comp death benefits, arguing there wasn’t enough proof her husband’s fatal illness was work-related. Did a court grant her benefits?  [Read more…]

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Does VPP approval shield company from OSHA fines?

An employee of this company died of asphyxiation. The company argued it didn’t deserve to be fined because once OSHA approved its participation in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), its processes were, in effect, also approved. What did a court think?  [Read more…]

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Moldy lottery tickets: New hazard?

An OSHA fact sheet says mold “can grow on almost any material.” Apparently, that includes lottery tickets. Two employees have filed for workers’ comp benefits over the moldy scratch-offs. [Read more…]

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