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May 2013 Archives

Landscaping and the musculoskeletal injury risk

Given our warm climate here in Southern California, landscaping companies are never without tree lines to trim, yards to mow or flower beds to weed. As such, it's extremely important for them to implement the necessary measures to help protect their employees from serious work injuries, as doing so will ensure that their operations run smoothly and efficiently.

Cal/OSHA hands down large fines over fatal accident at tuna plant

Back in October, our workers' compensation defense blog reported on a horrific industrial accident at a food processing plant here in Southern California that took the life of one worker and left the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) searching for answers.

How Facebook postings resulted in a work comp fraud bust

While social media sites like Facebook and Twitter likely seemed arcane to many people just a few years ago, they are now the preferred and primary web destination of even the most casual internet users. Of course, what many people who use these social media resources sometimes fail to realize is that the information they post may be available for everyone to see -- including law enforcement officials.

Work injuries on popular reality show raises safety concerns

Every week, thousands of people across the nation tune-in to watch the ABC Network's long running hit "Dancing with the Stars." While it's very easy to be caught up in the drama of the performances and the backstage intrigue, fans might not realize that the show has actually seen a very long list of serious work injuries among cast members over the past sixteen seasons.

Insurers look to predictive analytics to fight work comp fraud

Insurance companies pay millions of dollars every year for fraudulent workers’ compensation claims. While some may say that faking a work injury or lying about its extent is tantamount to a victimless crime, this is far from the case. The simple truth is that this type of employee fraud winds up costing all policyholders in the form of increased premiums.

Bill closing work comp loophole for pro athletes clears Assembly

Over the last several months, our workers’ compensation defense blog has been closely monitoring the showdown between team owners and former professional athletes over Assembly Bill 1309, a bill designed to limit the latter’s access to work comp benefits here in California.

Cal-OSHA investigating fatal industrial mixer accident

Employers must always be diligent when it comes to employee safety. This means making certain that the necessary policies/procedures are in place, conducting regular inspections and providing the necessary safety equipment. Any failure to take these steps can have severe and lasting consequences, including fines, increased workers' compensation insurance premiums and possibly an employee serious and willful misconduct lawsuit.

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