A manager sued his employer alleging that, while helping a severely injured employee, he was exposed to serious injury risk himself and as a result developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). How did a court rule?
An article in a Texas newspaper suggests safety information in the West Fertilizer explosion may be lost forever because of confidentiality agreements approved by the judge handling lawsuits in the case.
The Nebraska Supreme Court says Conagra must pay a $108.9 million jury verdict for a 2009 fatal natural gas explosion at a factory that produced Slim Jims in North Carolina.
An attempt to prevent OSHA from obtaining records from a company’s workers’ comp insurance carrier has failed.
Imagine a workplace safety and health lawsuit involving more than 9,000 plaintiffs, 90 government agencies and private companies, tons of pages of court documents, and several hundred lawyers. It’s the 9/11 Ground Zero case.
An employee was splashed with liquid containing a toxic mix of chemicals. When he was diagnosed with cancer more than two years after the incident, he filed a lawsuit against his employer. Was the lawsuit thrown out due to time limitations?
OSHA’s General Duty Clause says employers have to furnish places of employment free from hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees. Does that include a smoke-free workplace? One casino faces a lawsuit.
An injured worker turns out to be an illegal immigrant. His injuries prohibit him from doing the type of physical labor he previously did. He could do sedentary work, but he doesn’t have the skills. Does he get permanent total disability (PTD) benefits under workers’ comp?
Federal officials have had some harsh words for General Motors following the company’s settlement of a safety recall. Some of those harsh words have to do with what GM told its employees about safety communication.
A Wal-Mart loss prevention employee chased a shoplifter, and in the process, a co-worker was knocked over and killed. Is Wal-Mart liable for the employee’s death? How did employee training factor into this case?
A company used two arguments to deny workers’ comp to an injured, undocumented worker: He can’t work legally in the U.S., and he lied to get the job. How did a court rule?
When a company says its safety goal is zero injuries, do employees understand that’s different than zero risk reports?
A National Transportation Safety Board investigation shows a collision between two trains in California in 2008 that killed 25 people and injured 102 more was caused by the engineer running a red light while text-messaging.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just give your workplace safety challenges to someone else? BP’s Texas City plant has provided the oil giant with many challenges. BP’s current solution? Sell it.
State laws make workers’ comp the “exclusive remedy” for employees injured at work for good reason: It prevents them from filing more expensive lawsuits against employers. But there are exceptions, such as intentional harm. That’s what a prison guard argued when he was tased as part of training.
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