Workplace Injury

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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

Another lesson about clarity in settlements: employer may file WSIB appeal after mediated settlement, despite union’s objection

An employer’s appeal challenging a departed employee’s workers’ compensation entitlements may proceed, despite being filed after the employer, union and employee reached a settlement at mediation. The union had filed...more

Stay safe while operating a baggage tug with these 5 tips

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 7.5 cases of nonfatal occupational injuries per every 100 employees in the air transportation industry. The agency reports that 5.5 of those cases will result in...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Employer Liability on Obvious Risk in Workplace Injuries

It's not too often that we hear of an employer being able to escape liability for a workplace injury, where the injury does, in fact, happen to an employee and it happens in the workplace. Below, we'll discuss a case where an...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court gets a little help from its friends

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court clarified an important liability insurance issue the other day. Mut. Benefit Ins. Co. v. Politsopoulos, 2015 Pa. LEXIS 1126 (Pa. May 26, 2015) (exclusion for liability for injury to “[a]n...more

Should Your Business Have to Pay Workers’ Compensation Temporary Disability to an Employee Who Was Terminated for Cause?

Employers should be cautious when terminating an employee on light duty restrictions as the result of a work accident. Pursuant to Section 42-9-260, when an employee is out of work due to a reported work-related injury or...more

Ontario Bill will increase fines for Workplace Safety & Insurance Act violations

The Ontario government has introduced legislation that will, among other things, quintuple the maximum fine against corporations for violating the Workplace Safety & Insurance Act, Ontario’s workers’ compensation act....more

Lower your risk of ground vehicle-related injury with these helpful solutions

Many people may not realize just how dangerous working on the tarmac at an airport can be. Unlike vehicle traffic on the nation’s roadways, getting airplanes ready for travel can be disorderly and poorly maintained. An...more

Working on an airport tarmac can be fatal

Airport tarmac workers can face incredibly dangerous conditions while on the job. Despite the accidents and deaths that occur in these occupations, few airports or airlines offer proper airline injury compensation for the...more

Cutting Costs By Reviewing Ongoing Medical Care For Injured Workers

Long term medical care related to workplace injuries can be a costly and frustrating proposition for employers and/or their Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers. In many cases, the injured workers’ medical care continues...more

Court Does Procedural/Substantive Two-Step in Lozano

On May 13, 2015, the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, opined in Cynthia Lozano v. WCAB (B258000) that a 2009 amendment to Labor Code section 3212.1 may be applied retroactively to an injurious exposure which...more

Limit on Lump Sum PPD Awards Changed

This last legislative session in 2015 was all about greedy self-insured employers trying to convince Nevada legislators that the most severely injured workers should receive less money when they are rated for permanent...more

Safety equipment that runway workers should have

The runway is an exciting but hazardous place to work. Airport employees need a full range of safety equipment to stay visible and protected in the ramp environment. Planes are built for flight, not for runway maneuvers. They...more

Aviation maintenance technicians are at high risk for occupational diseases

Aviation maintenance is a crucial part of the American transportation industry. Tens of thousands of planes take off and land safely every day because of the hard work of maintenance professionals. Unfortunately, working with...more

OSHA Reporting for the 'Other Half' of the Country: Are You Ready?

Employers in states with their own OSHA agencies should now be prepared to report incidents that fall within new federally mandated categories. On September 11, 2014, the federal Occupational Safety and Health...more

Airline employees have a right to voice concerns over their safety

Airline workers are often at risk of serious injury from occupational trauma. The possible dangers of airline work include hearing damage, musculoskeletal damage, head injury, infectious diseases and amputation. In many...more

Work-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries in Nevada

Traumatic brain injuries that happen at work are almost always caused by a fall from a ladder, the roof of a building, the top of a truck, scaffolding, or on a construction site. The injured worker may or may not lose...more

How ergonomics can prevent ramp injuries

Air travel is an important part of the American economy. Many business and leisure travelers pack heavy bags full of clothing, gifts and other personal goods. Ramp workers can decrease the risk of injury by handling luggage...more

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