Safety and OSHA News

Did time run out on employee’s cancer claim?

An employee was splashed with liquid containing a toxic mix of chemicals. When he was diagnosed with cancer more than two years after the incident, he filed a lawsuit against his employer. Was the lawsuit thrown out due to time limitations?  [Read more…]

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When does workers’ comp clock start ticking for carpal tunnel?

State workers’ comp laws often require an employee to file for benefits within a certain period after having been injured. But with cumulative trauma injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, pinpointing the date of injury is trickier. [Read more…]

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Court throws out $30M jury award to former flavoring plant worker

An Illinois appeals court has reversed a jury’s $30.4 million award to an employee at a flavoring plant where diacetyl was used. The question: When did the worker first know that his breathing problems could have been caused by his workplace? [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp: Was officer on duty at time of his death?

Officer Kevin Schultz died saving a 12-year-old boy from drowning. His widow seeks workers’ comp death benefits. The questions facing New Mexico’s Supreme Court: Did she file paperwork on time and was Schultz “on duty” at the time of his death? [Read more…]

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Employee witnesses 2 co-workers’ deaths: Workers’ comp for PTSD?

No one should have to witness a co-worker’s death. Imagine witnessing two such deaths in separate incidents just two months apart. A worker who witnessed both deaths was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His employer wanted to deny workers’ comp benefits, saying the statute of limitations ran out. [Read more…]

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