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March 2012 Archives

Proposed legislation calls for change to California heat safety rules

A few weeks ago, our workers' compensation defense blog reported on how the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) announced that its officials will be closely monitoring farmers and ranchers across California over the next several months to ensure compliance with heat safety rules.

Cal OSHA hands recycling company fine of nearly $170,000 for toxic gas exposure

It is extremely important for employers to take the necessary measures to protect their employees from serious work injuries. In fact, the failure to maintain a safe working environment can lead to devastating consequences, including workers' compensation claims, OSHA fines and increased workers' compensation insurance premiums.

Maryland asbestos removal companies the subject of pending legislation

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has issued regulations mandating certain safety practices for many types of businesses, including asbestos removal companies. Accordingly, injured employees may not only file a workers' compensation claim for any asbestos-related injuries, but also file a lawsuit alleging serious and willful misconduct if the business violated these strict OSHA regulations.

Federal lawsuit filed by Atlanta Falcons, NFL against injured players

In previous workers' compensation defense posts, we examined how the state of California has rapidly become the venue of choice for former National Football League (NFL) players seeking to file work comp claims. Specifically, these former pros -- many of whom only practiced or played a few games in California -- are claiming to have suffered serious work-related injuries caused by years of bruising contact in the NFL.

Cal/OSHA to focus on enforcement of heat safety rules

In workers' compensation defense news, a high-ranking official with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) recently indicated that the agency will be partnering with other government entities to crack down on violations in the agriculture industry.

A closer look at work comp claims and obesity in the workforce

If you ask a medical expert to identify some of the biggest health challenges currently facing the U.S. workforce, there is a very high probability that they will name obesity. Specifically, they will discuss how obesity is not only putting certain employees at an increased risk of suffering serious work injuries but is also serving to delay their recoveries.

Target employee goes to great lengths to commit work comp fraud

When an employee suffers a serious work-related injury, they can turn to their employer's workers' compensation insurer for the financial assistance they will undoubtedly need. This is true whether the employee works in an industrial setting, office, retail store or any other setting. Unfortunately, employee fraud is still relatively common, meaning some employees will fake or exaggerate the extent of their injuries in order to collect work comp benefits.

Injured worker awarded additional work comp benefits due to employer misconduct

A recent workers' compensation case before the California Court of Appeals explored the issue of whether an employee who suffered a serious work injury is entitled to additional compensation because of the "serious or willful misconduct" of his supervisor.

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