Safety and OSHA News

Did detached retina result from fall at work?

A greeter at a Wal-Mart fell and immediately suffered changed vision. He said the fall caused the retina to detach in one eye. However, he previously suffered a retina detachment in his other eye that wasn’t work related. Did he get workers’ comp benefits for the eye injury?  [Read more…]

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Light duty refused by injured worker; can she get workers’ comp benefits?

An employer offered light duty to an injured worker who had work restrictions. The employee refused to take the job, claiming it wasn’t within her doctor’s work restrictions, and she applied for workers’ comp benefits. Did a court say she should receive benefits?   [Read more…]

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Fired because of safety violation or her age?

Wal-Mart fired an employee after four infractions, two of which (including the last one) were safety-related. The employee, who was 62 at the time, says she was fired because of her age. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Court throws out Wal-Mart fine, but upholds OSHA regulation: Here’s why

Wal-Mart is off the hook but other companies may not be when it comes to an OSHA regulation regarding hazard assessments. OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) plays a part in a federal court’s decision in this case.  [Read more…]

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Driver fatigue key cause of fatal truck crash

Federal officials say driver fatigue was the probable cause of the crash near Cranbury, NJ, that claimed the life of one comedian and serious injured comic actor Tracy Morgan.  [Read more…]

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Judges uphold Wal-Mart fine for missing hazard assessment

One size fits all? Maybe when it comes to some of their products, but not when it comes to hazard assessments at Wal-Mart distribution centers, according to a new ruling.  [Read more…]

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Wal-Mart drops appeal of trampling death fine, says it’ll pay

Wal-Mart says it’ll pay a $7,000 OSHA fine in connection with the 2008 trampling death of a store employee. This ends a six-year fight by the retail giant against the General Duty Clause (GDC) citation.  [Read more…]

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Wal-Mart faces lawsuit in fatal truck crash

Comedian Tracy Morgan and two others have filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart alleging it was negligent in the truck crash that killed comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and severely injured Morgan and others.  [Read more…]

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Top 5 bizarre accident stories of 2013

Incidents involving a shoplifter, a go-cart and a cow topped Safety News Alert’s list of bizarre accident stories for 2013. [Read more…]

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5 years later, Wal-Mart still hasn’t paid trampling death OSHA fine

Wal-Mart employee Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death in 2008 by a Black Friday crowd. OSHA fined Wal-Mart $7,000 in connection with the incident. The retail giant still hasn’t paid the fine five years later. [Read more…]

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