Safety and OSHA News

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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Can worker get psychiatric injury benefits for life-changing slip-and-fall?

A maintenance worker slipped and fell on a wet sidewalk. He suffered a fractured pelvis and several other injuries, and after three surgeries, he still had a lot of physical pain. He also suffered from depression and loss of sleep. Can he get additional workers’ comp benefits for psychiatric injuries?  [Read more…]

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Did she refuse post-accident drug test? City says yes, worker says no

A claims examiner was suspended for 10 days after refusing to complete a post-accident drug test. A trial court overturned her suspension, and her employer appealed. What did the appeals court say? [Read more…]

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Slip-and-fall at the ballgame: Dodgers sued by fan

A fan sued after slipping and falling on ice cream and peanut shells at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. The Dodgers argued they didn’t have a chance to clean up the slip hazard. What did the appeals court say?  [Read more…]

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Slipped and fell while walking to punch in: Will he get workers’ comp?

An employee is walking toward a time clock to punch in when he slips, falls and injures his back. He files for workers’ comp. Did a court award it?  [Read more…]

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She didn’t complain of pain until a month later: Did work fall cause injury?

Sometimes an injury might not be completely apparent immediately after an incident at work, like a fall. This is particularly true about a secondary injury, and that can have a complicating effect on workers’ comp claims.

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Is it enough to provide safety gear, or do you have to make ’em use it?

In a recent court case, a company argued that the law only required it to supply safety devices, not be the “watchdog of careless employees” and make sure they actually use them. Did the court buy that reasoning?

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Did slip-and-fall or previous injury cause worker’s disability?

Many of us in the U.S. will be glad to see winter go away and take with it snow and ice – seasonal causes of slips and falls. In this case, a trucker slipped on ice and hurt his back. Was his inability to work due to that or a previous injury? [Read more…]

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Injured falling down stairs: Eligible for workers’ comp?

An employee had previously injured his knee off the job. One day at work while walking down stairs, his knee gave out and he injured his back. Should workers’ comp cover his injuries? [Read more…]

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Study shows workers can identify best hazard reduction methods

Need to decrease slip-and-falls among employees at your company? You could measure the coefficient of friction (COF) on all flooring areas. Or, you could … [Read more…]

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