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As much as safety pros would like to, it’s sometimes difficult to keep out of court rooms. From appealing OSHA fines to contesting workers’ compensation awards, safety often winds up before the judge.

Court: Company was justified in firing injured worker

Firing an injured worker is often a sticky situation. Is the employee being fired for disregarding a safety rule or in retaliation for the injury? In this case, the employer showed the firing wasn’t retaliatory, according to a federal court.  [Read more…]

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Five-ton piece of equipment falls, kills worker; wrongful death lawsuit denied

New York’s Supreme Court has rejected a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the administrator of the estate of a worker who was killed when a five-ton rotor compartment he was welding fell, killing him.  [Read more…]

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Business owner sent to jail, has to pay $1 million for workers’ comp fraud

A business owner under-reported the number of employees he had. Now he’s headed to prison for workers’ comp fraud.  [Read more…]

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$47M settlement reached in fatal boiler explosion caused by ‘prolonged series of errors’

A fatal boiler explosion caused by a series of maintenance errors led to a $47 million settlement involving six different companies. [Read more…]

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Are workers’ comp laws and insurers to blame for opioid crisis?

A doctor testified in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson that workers’ compensation laws and insurers were to blame for the opioid crisis, not pharmaceutical companies.  [Read more…]

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Experts: 4 myths about weed at work

As most states now allow medical marijuana and more are legalizing recreational use, laws and courts are increasingly addressing workplace ramifications.  [Read more…]

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Distracted driving defense: ‘I was holding a hash brown, not a cell phone’

After getting a ticket for alleged distracted driving while talking on a cell phone, this Connecticut resident went to court and was able to get his ticket thrown out by arguing that he was actually eating a hash brown at the time.  [Read more…]

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Did unpreventable employee misconduct lead to worker’s broken ribs?

A company argues an OSHA fine should be thrown out because of unpreventable employee misconduct. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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Nurse practitioner pleads guilty to running an illegal pain clinic

Medical personnel need the proper licensing to write pain medication prescriptions for injured workers, or else they could face felony charges.  [Read more…]

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Feds threaten suit over state law expanding workers’ comp for nuclear employees

Unless they can come to some sort of agreement, it looks like the federal government and Washington state may end up wrangling in court over workers’ comp for Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers.  [Read more…]

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