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April 2011 Archives

OSHA announces 2011 campaign to raise awareness about heat-related illnesses

In recent workers' compensation defense news, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced earlier this week that it was officially launching an educational campaign designed to inform both employers and employees of the dangers posed by excessive heat exposure (i.e., heat exhaustion and heat stroke).

Employee respiratory problems and the value of spirometry testing

As an employer, you want to maximize your production, keep your costs as low as possible and avoid the incurrence of legal fees or fines whenever possible. One way to do this is to implement policies/procedures that are specifically designed to prevent serious work injuries.

BLS statistics highlight the dangers of dairy farming

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the occupational category with the highest rate of fatal work injuries is not the mining sector or the transportation sector, but the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector.

Owner of California pest control company facing work comp fraud charges

In recent uninsured employer news, the owner of a prominent San Mateo-based company was arrested by law enforcement officials earlier this week on a multitude of workers' compensation insurance premium fraud charges.

Tragic machine shop accident kills student at Yale University

When most people think of college campuses, they envision libraries, auditoriums, dormitories and an intellectually charged atmosphere in which people are free to pursue their studies and/or work. While this is certainly true, it must be remembered that college campuses - like any other work site - must have the necessary policies and procedures in place to prevent serious work injuries and ensure the safety of students/faculty/employees.

Wal-Mart mounts large-scale legal campaign against OSHA crowd management fine

A previous workers' compensation defense post discussed how it's not uncommon for people all over the United States to gather outside the front doors of major retail stores and other establishments for the official start of a major sale or to secure a much-desired new product.

Illinois lawmakers considering legislation to abolish work comp system

In a rather interesting national workers' compensation defense story, lawmakers in the Illinois House of Representatives are currently considering a rather drastic step to remedy the state's many problems with its embattled and highly controversial work comp system.

Another U.S. Postal employee facing workers' compensation fraud charges

Unfortunately, employers of all sizes in all industries/sectors must remain vigilant when it comes to potentially fraudulent and frivolous work comp claims. In fact, one of the more common instances of this type of employee fraud is misrepresentations by the employee regarding the severity or symptoms of their injury.

Spider-man musical continues to be plagued by fines, work injuries

Last month, 8 Legged Productions LLC, the production company behind the much-discussed (and much-maligned) Broadway production, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," was on the receiving end of multiple serious citations from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations that resulted in serious work injuries.

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