Safety and OSHA News

Can UPS driver sue, on top of workers’ comp, for lifting injury?

A UPS driver received workers’ comp benefits for an injury he suffered from lifting a heavy box that he says wasn’t marked with the correct weight. Can he sue the customer who sent the box, too?  [Read more…]

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Crashed car on way to drug test: Can he get workers’ comp?

A court had two decisions to make in this workers’ comp case: Is driving to a drug test in the course and scope of work? And did an overdose of a prescription medication cause a car crash?  [Read more…]

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Was employee’s fatal heart attack caused by unusual exertion and stress?

A towing company manager suffered a heart attack and died while attempting to extricate a truck from a culvert well below the surface of a highway. His widow was denied workers’ compensation death benefits. How did a court rule on her appeal?  [Read more…]

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Did employee wait too long to report injury to get workers’ comp?

This state requires employees to report injuries to their employers within 60 days to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Did this employee fulfill the law’s reporting requirement?

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Did fake work documents bar injured employee from receiving workers’ comp?

An employee who had provided documents to show that he could work in the U.S. was injured on the job. After he applied for workers’ comp, it was revealed the documents were fakes. Would he still receive benefits?

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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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‘Good Samaritan’ worker injured in rescue attempt: Does he get comp?

An employee was injured trying to rescue another worker. His employer says he shouldn’t get workers’ comp because attempting a rescue wasn’t part of his work duties. How did a court rule?

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Worker injured during horseplay: Should he get workers’ comp?

A worker engaged in horseplay that was specifically prohibited in his employee handbook. He was injured and applied for workers’ comp benefits. Did a court grant them?

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Widow wants death benefits because husband died of drug overdose

The family of a worker who died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs filed for workers’ comp death benefits, arguing that the drugs were prescribed for a work injury. Did a court grant the benefits?  [Read more…]

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Is the mantra ‘safety saves money’ causing more injuries?

Two new reports suggest that changes in state workers’ comp laws could be having an unintended consequence: an increase in occupational injuries. Is the mantra “safety saves money” behind all this? [Read more…]

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