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  • A court considers whether “thrill seeking” on the job prohibits an injured employee from receiving workers’ comp benefits.  Shaun Weaver was hired by Dan the Fence Man in North Carolina to help with fence construction. Part of his job was to load fencing materials provided by Seegars Fence Co. onto a truck using a forklift. One […] [MORE]

  • Lawrence Turner, permanently and totally disabled from a work-related injury, requested a new van to accommodate an electric wheelchair. His former employer, Southern Alloy & Metals denied the request. How did a court rule?  In 1975, Turner suffered a compensable injury that rendered him paraplegic and unable to perform mobility-related activities of daily living. He […] [MORE]

  • In this case, the court had to decide what happens to workers’ comp benefits when an employee is later found to have broken the law at work.  Brian Benoit was a paramedic for the City of Boston. On Sept. 5, 2011, Benoit suffered an incapacitating ankle injury while transporting a patient. He received workers’ comp benefits […] [MORE]

  • Safety plans and safety programs are an important part of every company. The programs are more than a government requirement, but a way to prevent employee injury and illness. By protecting workers, you protect a valuable company asset, as well as prevent production downtime and the cost of lost-time hours. Have you created your company’s […] [MORE]

  • As an Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) professional, you create custom safety programs for your company. Training and preparing for inspections aren’t just about teaching employees the rules. Safety violations happen even when workers know the rules and the penalties. So how do you create a culture of safety? By making sure the employees not […] [MORE]

  • Larger employers and those in certain high-risk industries that were supposed to electronically submit injury records to OSHA by July 1 will get a break from that deadline.  On OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements webpage, an update has been added that states: “OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness […] [MORE]