The Newtown, CT, school shootings have raised the question: Can employees get workers’ comp coverage for post traumatic stress disorder suffered because of a violent event? Recently, an Ohio court dealt with a similar case.
An employee was collecting workers’ comp benefits because he was restricted from lifting more than 10 pounds … unless the weight was attached to a bar at a gym, then he could lift 500 lbs.
State-by-state, appeals courts across the country are having to deal with this question: Does workers’ comp extend to undocumented workers? In this recent case, lawyers arguing for the company focused on one particular aspect to make their case against benefits.
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A report commissioned by OSHA says a facility that suffered a mass shooting in 2012 didn’t put enough emphasis on protecting its employees from attacks.
Imagine for a moment being one of the half dozen local police officers who were the first responders to the shooting massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Now consider that those officers, under current law, may not qualify for workers’ comp for counseling.
New regulations from OSHA; stepped up OSHA penalties; workers’ comp reform; and what to do with those increasing injury rates? Those will all be on the table for workplace safety in 2013.
By your clicks, we’ve determined the top 10 stories on Safety News Alert for 2012. They range from a debate about “safety first,” to release of a major new OSHA standard, to the issue of alcohol use at work.
An insurance company isn’t having any luck appealing an Australian decision to award workers’ comp benefits to a woman who was injured while having sex on a business trip.