Safety and OSHA News

Slipped and fell in icy parking lot; does workers’ comp cover his injury?

 

Employees of this business were allowed to park in another company’s lot. When an employee slipped and fell in that lot, were his injuries covered by workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Was employee doctor shopping for opioids? Court decides workers’ comp case

This injured worker left the care of his pain management doctor after having a disagreement about the amount of opioids he was taking. Can the worker get a new doctor under workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Did court order workers’ comp to pay for injured employee’s $37 lunch?

A claims administrator sent an injured employee 100 miles for a medical evaluation. He turned in a lunch expense for reimbursement – a $37 meal at an Outback Steakhouse. Did workers’ comp pay for the lunch?  [Read more…]

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Worker rejects light duty assignment: Can she still collect benefits?

A juvenile justice officer rejected a light duty assignment after a shoulder injury. Her employer said too bad and ended her salary continuation benefits. How did the court decide? [Read more…]

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Were shoulder problems work injuries or natural aging?

Who knew more about a worker’s shoulder injuries: her own examining doctor, or a physician hired by the company who observed specific job tasks? The answer to that question determined whether the employee received workers’ comp benefits for her injuries.  [Read more…]

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Trip-and-fall in parking lot injures worker: Will she get comp?

An employee applied for workers’ comp benefits after she was injured in a trip-and-fall incident. Doesn’t sound questionable at first, but in this case, the fall happened in a parking garage that wasn’t owned by her employer.  [Read more…]

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Can he get workers’ comp after taking someone else’s pain pill?

This case provides a couple of lessons for employees. First, report an injury as soon as it happens. Second, don’t take someone else’s pain medication.  [Read more…]

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Does training help workers identify ergonomic risks?

Many companies provide ergonomics training to employees to help them identify risk factors for injuries. Until recently, there had only been one study on the effectiveness of this type of safety training. [Read more…]

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How far do you have to go to accommodate a lifting restriction?

Due to a workplace injury, an employee had a permanent 20-pound lifting restriction. She applied for a position that required heavy lifting. Did the company have to accept her suggestion on how to accommodate her restriction? [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp: Injured shoulder by opening a door?

For a moment, think of some potential causes of workplace injuries that would qualify for workers’ comp benefits. We bet opening a door wasn’t high on your list — in fact, it probably didn’t make your list at all.

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