Safety and OSHA News

Was driver intoxicated at time of fatal truck crash? Can widow sue employer?

A truck driver died in a one-vehicle, rollover crash. Tests found drugs in his system. Does this prevent his widow from suing the employer?  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp covers dog bite; can company recoup costs by suing canine owner?

A police officer was bitten by a dog and suffered injuries. His employer’s workers’ comp provided benefits. Can his employer recoup those costs by suing the dog’s owner?  [Read more…]

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Worker died inside kiln; company agrees to pay $545K in OSHA fines

A failure to abide by OSHA’s lockout/tagout and confined space regulations resulted in the death of a plant manager inside a kiln. Now the company has to pay a huge fine.  [Read more…]

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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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Balloon pilot had 7 drugs in system at time of crash that killed 16

The National Transportation Safety Board says a hot-air balloon pilot had multiple drugs in his system, including an opioid painkiller, when a crash killed 16 people.  [Read more…]

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What will new Labor Secretary mean for OSHA?

President-elect Trump is set to nominate fast food millionaire Andrew Puzder to be the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. So, what does he think about OSHA and occupational safety?  [Read more…]

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Big drop in number of Texas companies opting out of workers’ comp

Texas is the only state that allows companies to opt out of the “grand bargain,” i.e. workers’ comp. In the last two years, the number of Texas companies that opt out has dropped significantly. Why?  [Read more…]

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New open carry law: Should businesses opt out?

Oil-producer Chevron is one of several companies that have chosen to opt out of a state’s new gun open-carry law that took effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Which other companies are following suit?

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Jury awards $2.2M to worker for back injury

What happens when a company chooses to go without workers’ comp insurance? One potential result is a large jury award when an employee is injured, such as what happened in this case.  [Read more…]

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Court upholds $5.3 million jury verdict: Worker suffered traumatic brain injury

A state appeals court has OK’d a jury award of $5.3 million to a worker who suffered traumatic brain injury from a fall on the job. Why didn’t workers’ comp cover this case?  [Read more…]

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