Safety and OSHA News

Employee shot to death at work: Can his mother sue for wrongful death?

An employee with a criminal record shot another worker to death. Can the dead worker’s mother sue the company for wrongful death, or is her lawsuit barred by the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation?  [Read more…]

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Is worker really permanently totally disabled?

An employee’s injury rendered him physically unable to do the job he had performed for years. Does that mean he should receive permanent total disability benefits under workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Employee had seizure, fell in puddle, drowned: Workers’ comp?

An employee had a seizure while working in a remote area, fell face-down into a puddle of water and drowned. Should her husband receive workers’ compensation death benefits?  [Read more…]

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Employee disobeyed supervisor and was injured; can he get workers’ comp?

An employee disregarded instructions given to him by his supervisor, and as a result was seriously injured. The employee filed for workers’ comp benefits, and his employer denied the claim. How did a court rule in this case?  [Read more…]

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Lunchroom chair collapses, employee injured: Does he get workers’ comp?

An employee was sitting on a chair in his employer’s lunchroom, eating his lunch, when the chair collapsed under him. Does he get workers’ comp for the resulting lower back injury?

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Waitress injured in bar fight: Does she get workers’ comp?

A waitress was injured in a bar fight. Just over a week later, she needed brain surgery due to a hemorrhage. But she also had a pre-existing condition, and her employer thinks she suffered an injury in a different incident. Did she get workers’ comp?

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Topics involving OSHA rank No. 1 and No. 3 in our survey of safety pros

We asked safety pros to rate which of 21 safety topics are most important to them. Ones involving OSHA ranked at the top of the list.  [Read more…]

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Injured returning from required doctor’s appointment: More comp benefits?

A worker was returning from a doctor’s appointment required by her employer’s workers’ comp insurer when she was injured in a car crash. Does she get additional workers’ comp benefits for the new injury?

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Were shoulder problems work injuries or natural aging?

Who knew more about a worker’s shoulder injuries: her own examining doctor, or a physician hired by the company who observed specific job tasks? The answer to that question determined whether the employee received workers’ comp benefits for her injuries.  [Read more…]

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Should comp pay for hip replacement when there was pre-existing condition?

A worker slipped on ice at work and fractured his hip. However, he already had degenerative joint disease, and his replacement surgery had been recommended before his fall. Should workers’ comp pay for the surgery?

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