Workers’ comp laws usually prohibit lawsuits against companies when a worker is seriously injured or killed on the job. But a lawyer in Texas found a way to skirt the law and win a huge jury award.
Cranes Derricks Hoists
Here’s a reminder for employees who work near power lines: Electricity kills workers, all too often.
OSHA is investigating the death of a crane operator who was killed when a 6,000-pound steel bar fell on him.
A serious OSHA violation can earn a fine of up to $12,675. When the number of citations OSHA issues to a single company reaches well into double digits, the employer can expect a huge fine.
Researchers say the federal government may be seriously undercounting the number of occupational injuries that occur each year.
Here’s a tough call to make: A deaf employee drove forklifts safely on a daily basis for years. Then, a corporate policy said he could no longer do that for safety reasons. Do you bar him from operating forklifts? And what did a court have to say?
Workers’ compensation is supposed to be the exclusive remedy for an employee injured at work — it protects employers from lawsuits. But that doesn’t stop some workers from trying to find the situations when comp isn’t the exclusive remedy.
A review commission has upheld an OSHA fine against a construction company in connection with the death of a worker. The commission says the company’s communication of the need for a rescue was insufficient.
A deaf man applied to a mining company for a job. It didn’t hire him, and the man filed a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Who won?
A worker’s complaint brought OSHA to a Houston company. The complaint was substantiated, and OSHA found even more violations that added up to a hefty fine because the company had been cited for them before.
A company has agreed to pay $9.5 million in connection with a Gulf of Mexico explosion that killed three workers. The penalties are for false reporting of safety inspections and Clean Water Act violations.
A construction company has pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter for causing the death of a construction worker.
OSHA policy says it will investigate an incident when there is a fatality or multiple serious injuries. The agency can also use its discretion to look into situations in which there was no bodily harm, but there was significant structural damage.
OSHA is investigating the death of a construction worker in New Hampshire who fell 15 feet from a scissor lift.
From our Bizarre Accidents file: A man operating a crane was killed instantly when he was struck in the head by a flying bolt.
More than a dozen times over a two-month period, employees made notations in logs about a crane cable that needed to be repaired. But a court said the company “utterly failed to take steps to discover violations.” What happened when the company appealed a $56,000 OSHA fine?
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