Safety and OSHA News

Fungal infection due to trenching on the job or hay on employee’s hobby farm?

An employee contracted a fungal infection in his lungs while digging a trench, but his employer claimed he got the infection while bailing hay on his hobby farm. Was the employee able to get benefits?  [Read more…]

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What was right course for injured worker: Disability or light duty?

This employee tripped, fell and suffered injuries. Her employer terminated her for job abandonment. How did this happen, and what did a court have to say?  [Read more…]

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Why did court allow injured worker to sue his employer?

It’s rare that a court allows an injured worker to sue his employer besides collecting workers’ compensation benefits. Why did that happen in this case?  [Read more…]

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Can widow get workers’ comp benefits after injured husband overdoses on opioids?

An injured worker died due to an overdose of oxycodone combined with alcohol. His widow sought workers’ compensation death benefits. Did she receive them?  [Read more…]

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Did pre-existing condition negate workers’ comp for injury?

An employee had two previous surgeries for herniated discs, neither one caused by work. Years later he injured his back again, this time on the job. Will workers’ comp pay for this injury?  [Read more…]

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Employee seriously injured trying to stop horseplay: Did he get workers’ comp?

What if an employee is injured trying to break up what he thought was overly aggressive horseplay?  [Read more…]

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Bragged about playing golf while on comp: Now he has to pay back $27K

Loose lips sink ships. In this case, bragging about how he would sink putts led to a criminal conviction for workers’ compensation fraud.  [Read more…]

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Pot dispensary worker partakes, suffers panic attack, falls off fence: Workers’ comp?

A workers’ comp insurer didn’t want to issue benefits to a pot dispensary worker who smoked a joint and then was injured. What was the ruling in this case?  [Read more…]

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Struck by car on public street: Can she get workers’ comp?

An employee was leaving for the day and crossed a public street from her employer’s building to a parking lot provided for workers. She was struck by a car on the street. Can she get workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Can seasonal employee get workers’ comp for carpal tunnel?

Soon, if not already, thousands of people in the U.S. will enter the workforce or add part-time jobs during the holiday season. If seasonal employees develop carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), are they covered by workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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