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  1. His doctor said an employee’s frequent lifting at work aggravated a pre-existing back injury. Did a court agree and award workers’ comp benefits?  Jeffrey Nielsen worked for Walmart in Utah. Nielsen injured his back, outside of employment, while helping his landlord lift a refrigerator. After missing work for eight days because of the injury, Nielsen […] [MORE]
  2. Feb. 1, 2020, is the deadline for employers to post 300-A Summary forms listing 2019 injuries and illnesses. All employers who keep Part 1904 OSHA workplace injury and illness records need to review the 2019 OSHA 300 Log to ensure accuracy, correct any deficiencies and then create their 300-A Annual Summary. The 300-A summary must […] [MORE]
  3. In the case of a “horrific industrial accident,” which OSHA says was caused by unguarded machinery and lack of lockout/tagout, a state supreme court has clarified when an exception to the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation can be used.  Francisca Gomez worked for the Crookham Co., a wholesale seed distributor, in Caldwell, Idaho. She worked […] [MORE]
  4. The family of the Walking Dead stuntman who fell to his death on the set of the show in July 2017 was awarded an $8.6 million verdict.  A jury found TWD 9, an AMC Networks entity, and its production company, Stalwart Films, were negligent in the death of 33-year-old stuntman John Bernecker. The damages are […] [MORE]
  5. After a slight decline in 2017, the number of workplace deaths increased by 2% in 2018. There were 5,250 fatal work injuries recorded in the U.S. in 2018, up from 5,147 in 2017, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The fatal work injury rate didn’t change, remaining at 2017’s 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent […] [MORE]
  6. An employee said she hurt her shoulder at work on her last day before a vacation. She went to a doctor after she got back. Did she get workers’ comp benefits?  Mae Reed worked for M.A. Mortenson Companies in Arkansas as a solar panel assembler. On Nov. 18, 2017, a gust of wind blew a […] [MORE]
  7. An injured employee whose co-workers failed to get him proper medical care can move forward with a negligence suit against his employer, according to an Alabama Supreme Court decision. The court agreed the post-incident acts of the other employees didn’t arise out of the course of the worker’s employment, so his case couldn’t be barred […] [MORE]
  8. How will OSHA affect your company in 2020, the fourth year of the Trump administration?  The spoken theme overall, not just for OSHA, has been deregulation. But, unlike other agencies like EPA, the reality for OSHA has been much different. “Without a permanent Assistant Secretary of Labor (head of OSHA) chosen by Trump in place […] [MORE]
  9. A video that shows how safety gear saved a worker’s life. A regulatory break from OSHA. The top causes of accidental death. And the “hash brown defense.” These are the stories that top Safety News Alert’s Year in Safety 2019.  Here’s the list: Top 10 causes of accidental death: Preventable deaths now claim 466 lives […] [MORE]
  10. The contractor convicted on two counts of manslaughter for his involvement in a fatal Boston trench collapse has been sentenced to two years in prison.  Kevin Otto, 45, owner of Atlantic Drain Service, was sentenced to two years in prison for each of the two counts of involuntary manslaughter. The sentences will run concurrently and […] [MORE]

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