Injuries and illnesses among private industry workers remained relatively unchanged in 2019 when compared to 2018 data, despite there being some changes in industry and occupation statistics. Private industry employers reported 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2019, which is unchanged from the 2018 data, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). […]
You open your web browser to your favorite general news site and see a headline about a “freak accident.” What are the chances that story will include injury prevention advice?
The world’s oldest professional safety society has transitioned to a new brand that includes a new name, refreshed logo, redesigned website and rebranded social media channels.
Employees who suffer permanent workplace injuries need assistance both returning to work and preventing them from getting hurt again, according to researchers at the University of Washington. The research, which was funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, shows that workers who suffer permanent injuries have difficulty getting and keeping a job […]
OK safety pros, here’s a one-question quiz: What’s the best way to keep workers’ comp costs down?
A meter reader who claimed a job-related dog bite caused severe “dog phobia” had a “bark bigger than her bite,” according to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. Linda Jordan was working when a dog viciously bit her right forearm, which she said was so traumatic she fainted at the sight of dogs […]
Can an employee injured while working at home collect workers’ comp benefits? The answer is yes, but only if they were engaged in “reasonable and sufficiently work-related” activities under the circumstances, according to a New York appeals court. The court overturned a Workers’ Compensation Board decision denying benefits for an injured work-at-home employee because the […]
When a company says its safety goal is zero injuries, do employees understand that’s different than zero risk reports?
An Illinois Supreme Court decision from September 2020 that shifted the burden of proof from the employee to the employer in workers’ compensation cases involving “everyday actions” is now affecting current case law in the state. The court decided in McAllister v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission that injuries from everyday actions, also known as “neutral risks,” could […]
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), each year, about 20,000 eye injuries occur in the workplace. Not only are eye injuries common on worksites, but they are also some of the most severe accidents that can occur. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), thousands of people suffer partial or […]
Talk about unintended consequences. Four firefighters suffered electrical shocks while trying to help out with a fundraising event.
A Fillmore, CA, labor contractor was arrested and charged Nov. 25 for allegedly denying injured employees health and disability benefits and for failing to notify insurance carriers of injuries suffered by employees. Robert Delara, owner of Pacific Coast Farm Labor and B&R Farm Labor, was charged with three felony counts of violating the state Insurance […]
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