Safety and OSHA News

Was company held liable for not using AED during worker’s heart attack?

An employee had a heart attack at work. The facility had an automated external defibrillator (AED) on site, but no one used it to help the employee. Did a court approve the employee’s request for workers’ comp benefits?   [Read more…]

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Fungal infection due to trenching on the job or hay on employee’s hobby farm?

An employee contracted a fungal infection in his lungs while digging a trench, but his employer claimed he got the infection while bailing hay on his hobby farm. Was the employee able to get benefits?  [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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Was retiree’s hearing loss caused by work or hunting?

After retiring, Steven Bell filed for workers’ comp for hearing loss. Records showed he’d suffered hearing loss before he started working for Goodyear Tire & Rubber. Bell was also an occasional hunter. Was his hearing loss work-related and would he get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Can widow get workers’ comp benefits after injured husband overdoses on opioids?

An injured worker died due to an overdose of oxycodone combined with alcohol. His widow sought workers’ compensation death benefits. Did she receive them?  [Read more…]

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Can worker receive smaller comp payments because he’s undocumented?

In 2009, Tennessee amended its workers’ comp law to limit the benefits undocumented workers can receive. Did that provision hold up under court review?  [Read more…]

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Did taking prescription meds prevent injured employee from getting workers’ comp?

A worker had to have his finger amputated after his hand was crushed in a machine. A post-injury drug test showed he had meds in his system that he didn’t have prescriptions for.  [Read more…]

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Was truck driver’s heart attack work-related? Will he get comp?

A truck driver had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. One day while securing a load of steel coils on his truck, he felt chest pains. He was diagnosed as having suffered a heart attack. Will he get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Twisted knee stepping off a pallet: Will he get workers’ comp?

A warehouse worker injured his knee stepping off a pallet. A doctor said the worker had a condition that predisposed his knee to problems, including his work injury. Will the employee get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Top 5 states for painkiller prescriptions

The increase in overdoses from prescription painkillers has been called a national epidemic. New information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows it’s more of a problem in some areas of the country than in others.  [Read more…]

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