Safety and OSHA News

Worker’s hand amputated in tortilla press: Can he sue employer’s insurance carrier?

An employee suffers the amputation of his hand at work. But before he can receive any compensation for his injury, courts have to untangle some details, particularly because this happened in the only U.S. state where employers are allowed to opt out of workers’ comp insurance.

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Could valuable safety info in West Fertilizer explosion be lost forever?

An article in a Texas newspaper suggests safety information in the West Fertilizer explosion may be lost forever because of confidentiality agreements approved by the judge handling lawsuits in the case.  [Read more…]

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Will turf war compromise safety investigation into Texas explosion?

A federal safety official has raised a warning flag about the investigation into the fatal explosion at the West, Texas, fertilizer plant in April. The problem: Evidence needed to find out what caused the explosion is being destroyed, possibly because of work being done by another federal agency. [Read more…]

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Fertilizer plant explosion: Did facility have safety exemption?

Imagine being able to get an exemption from an OSHA regulation due to who buys your product. The fertilizer plant in Texas that recently exploded, killing 15 people, may have been doing just that.

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Wal-Mart opts out of workers’ comp program

Wal-Mart has decided to manage its own injury benefits program in one state. That’s led proponents and opponents of such an option to weigh-in on whether it’s a good idea for businesses or not. [Read more…]

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Worker deaths up — in this economy?

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Attention, those who believe that OSHA has gone overboard with its workplace safety regulations: You’ve got one less fact to support your argument. When all is said and done, the final count of worker fatalities in 2010 will be higher than in 2009. [Read more…]

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Another state allows guns in employees’ cars at work

About a month from now, a 14th state will allow employees to store legally owned firearms in their locked, privately owned vehicles while at work. [Read more…]

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