Workplace Injury

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Defective seat belt air bag on airplane causes death of worker

Working in and around airplanes can be a dangerous occupation. Some of the most common hazards include head injuries, crushing injuries, serious musculoskeletal damage and exposure to infectious diseases. In a recent case, an...more

Cal/OSHA District Offices Taking Expansive View of Injury/Illness Reporting Requirements

As many employers know, California frequently does things a little differently than other jurisdictions. Cal/OSHA is no exception....more

Queensland Workers' Compensation Bill Will Remove the Current Impairment Threshold for Injured Workers

If passed by the Queensland Parliament, the Workers' Compensation Amendment Bill 2015 (QLD) (Bill) will remove the previous Liberal National Party Government's limitations on an injured worker's entitlement to commence a...more

2015 Changes to Nevada Police/Firefighter Heart and Lung Laws

The 2015 legislative session made a major change in SB 153 to the heart and lung statutes regarding the application of a conclusive presumption of compensability. A conclusive presumption means that the ill police officer or...more

OSHA Stepping Up Scrutiny of Hospitals and Inpatient Health Care Facilities

On June 25, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a Memorandum to its Compliance Officers expanding its enforcement policy regarding workplace hazards facing employees in the health care...more

MOL engineer not qualified to give expert evidence: he was too involved in the investigation, too closely identified with...

An Ontario judge has refused to permit a professional engineer employed with the Ontario Ministry of Labour to testify as an expert in a health and safety prosecution. A company was charged under the Occupational Health...more

West Virginia's Amended Deliberate Intent Statute

For a number of years, W. Va. Code § 23-4-2 (commonly known as the deliberate intent statute) has provided employees with work-related injuries an avenue to circumvent the workers' compensation immunity afforded to West...more

Employment Law Update: South Carolina Lawmakers Ratify OSHA Requirements

On June 26, 2015 the South Carolina General Assembly ratified the new OSHA reporting and recordkeeping requirements for SC employers....more

Jury Must Decide Whether Facts Exist to Suspend the Accrual of the Statute of Limitations Under The Discovery Rule

Ismael Rosas v. BASF Corporation, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five (May 21, 2015) - he general rule regarding statutes of limitation is that they do not begin to run until a cause...more

OSHA Concentrates its Health Care Facility Inspections on Key Areas, but Specific Requirements Remain Elusive

On June 25, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a press release outlining its focus areas for health care facility inspections. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs),...more

The Danger of Assumptions When Dealing With Ill and Injured Employees

A recent decision made by the Federal Circuit Court (Court) provides a timely reminder of the need to take care when making decisions about the ongoing employment and duties of ill and injured employees. The decision also...more

A Tale Of Two Public Entities: What Employers Can Learn About The FEHA Accommodation Process

Finding the right accommodation for a disabled employee can be a difficult task under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). An employer’s accommodation obligations are broad, and litigation can ensue when there is a...more

Pennsylvania Court Rules That Arbitrators Should Decide Whether An Arbitration Agreement Has Been Revoked

By strictly construing a court’s role to the questions of whether a valid agreement exists and whether a dispute falls within the terms of an arbitration agreement, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s decision makes clear...more

OSHA Announces Major Focus on Healthcare Industry

In late June, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced a major initiative that will intensify and expand the agency’s enforcement resources in the healthcare industry, with a focus on several common...more

Workers’ Compensation Act Applies to UC Claims

In a case of first impression, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently issued an opinion examining the standards applicable to a claimant’s behavior when the claimant is receiving workers’ compensation benefits and has...more

Healthcare Employers to Get Even More Attention from OSHA

OSHA has released an “Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Settings,” that will focus its inspectors attention to musculoskeletal disorders, workplace violence, bloodborne pathogens, tuberculosis, and slips, trips,...more

Nevada Work Comp Benefits for Injuries after 7/1/15

Nevada employees whose work-related accident or occupational illness occurs after 7/1/15 are entitled to receive the lesser of 2/3 of their actual average monthly, or 2/3 of the state maximum average monthly wage of...more

Project Manager for Metron Construction convicted of criminal negligence in Christmas Eve fatalities. Three individuals and two...

The project manager who supervised the four workers who died after a swing stage scaffold collapsed on Christmas Eve, 2009, has been found guilty on four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal...more

Understanding Workers’ Compensation Mental Injury Claims: Part 3

In Part 1 of this post, we explored the three types of work related mental injury claims addressed by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. In Part 2, we discussed how courts are increasingly easing the burden of...more

Nonprofit Volunteers: We’ll work for free … unless we get hurt

If your company is a nonprofit or has a nonprofit foundation, are you covered if something happens to your volunteers while they’re engaged in service to your organization? The concern is real. There were 287 fatal...more

Understanding Workers’ Compensation Mental Injury Claims: Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog post, we explored the three legal classifications of potentially work related mental injury claims addressed under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act: physical/mental, mental/physical, and...more

Redundancy in China: Regulations and our practices

Redundancy has not been defined in any law or regulation in China so far. Article 41 of The Employment Contract Law of the People’s Republic of China provides the following sole and exhaustive four situations where employers...more

It’s Time We Finally Do Something About §42-1-580

My rule: blogs should be short and to the point, no more than four paragraphs. I have chastised attorneys in my firm who have created blogs that turned into epistles. Well, here is their chance to criticize me, because there...more

“Creative sentence” imposed for OHSA violation: company must give 150 hours of safety presentations on case, plus pay fine

A Nova Scotia court has imposed a “creative sentence” for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, requiring the company to make safety presentations in addition to paying a fine. A journeyman electrician...more

Tex. Sup. Court Clarifies the Duties of a Non-Subscribing Employer in the Face of Known Dangers

Late last week, the Texas Supreme Court clarified duties of employers for premises defects and declared that they have multiple duties to invitees/employees who come onto their property facing known dangerous...more

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