Safety and OSHA News

Did mining company know rock burst and injuries were likely to occur?

Four injured workers sued this company, claiming it knew they were likely to be injured and that workers’ comp shouldn’t be their exclusive remedy. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Climbed tree on a dare: Can he get workers’ comp for horseplay injury?

A pipefitter climbed a tree during a lull at work then fell out and suffered injuries. He applied for workers’ comp benefits saying his injuries should be covered as horseplay. Did he get comp?  [Read more…]

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Injured right after he was fired: Can he collect workers’ comp?

Imagine this: An employee is fired and told to pack up his belongings and leave. In the course of doing that, he’s injured. Can he collect workers’ comp?  [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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Does previous coverage guarantee future comp for unexplained blackouts?

This case started relatively simply: After being struck, a worker required neck surgery. But then unexplained blackouts entered into the picture, leading ultimately to a workers’ comp decision by this state’s supreme court.  [Read more…]

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Injured after falling off chair: Can he get workers’ comp?

A clerk dropped a pen and reached over from his chair to pick it up. The chair went out from under him, and he injured his wrist in a fall. Did a court award him workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Will workers’ comp cover outdoor employees who get Zika virus?

If outdoor employees contract Zika virus, will workers’ comp cover it?  [Read more…]

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Trucker burns feet in crock pot of hot water: Can he get workers’ comp?

If a truck driver is injured just as he is getting ready to perform his first official duty of the day, is he covered by workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Does your owner/CEO/CFO really get it when it comes to workers’ comp?

OK safety pros, here’s a one-question quiz: What’s the best way to keep workers’ comp costs down?  [Read more…]

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Does drug dealing disqualify injured worker from receiving comp benefits?

A court recently decided whether an injured worker’s drug dealing would bring an end to his workers’ comp benefits.  [Read more…]

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