“How Would a Court Rate Your Training Programs?”

  OSHA Top 10 Violations Cited In 2014 Your training programs make the difference between safe workers and injured workers. They can also protect you from liability. Here's a case in point. "Brendan" worked for a chemical company for 30 years before he was injured. A mechanic, Brendan was hurt when he and another employee … Continue reading “How Would a Court Rate Your Training Programs?”

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Employees Driving In Illinois? What Employers Need to Know

James L. Curtis, Erin Dougherty Foley, and Craig B. Simonsen Effective January 1, 2014, the Illinois Vehicle Code, at 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2, was amended to prohibit driving while using an electronic communication device, including hand-held wireless telephones, hand-held personal digital assistants, or portable or mobile computers. The amendment provides for exceptions including the use of … Continue reading Employees Driving In Illinois? What Employers Need to Know

Case Study: “Can an Employee Sue Their Supervisor for a Workplace Accident?”

One of an employee's job duties was to operate a band molding machine that compressed and punched inserted plastic into the desired shape. Over time, hardened plastic would accumulate within the mechanism, requiring its removal by hand. Normally, removing the hardened plastic was a safe procedure because the machine would only operate if the worker … Continue reading Case Study: “Can an Employee Sue Their Supervisor for a Workplace Accident?”

NHTSA “Plan Ahead This Holiday Season—Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving‏”

The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family. But it’s also a time to make sure you are keeping safe the ones you love. Whether you’re at a family holiday gathering, a New Year’s Eve bash, or driving around with your little ones, many of our social plans will involve driving.According to … Continue reading NHTSA “Plan Ahead This Holiday Season—Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving‏”

Illinois Concealed Carry Law Mandates a Safety Sign

The Illinois State Police unveiled on Oct. 11 the proposed design for one of the newest safety signs that will be displayed in some Illinois workplaces as a result of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, a state law that took effect July 9, 2013. The law, Public Act 98-63, requires an Illinois Concealed Carry License … Continue reading Illinois Concealed Carry Law Mandates a Safety Sign

Can an Employee Sue Their Supervisor for a Workplace Accident?

One of an employee's job duties was to operate a band molding machine that compressed and punched inserted plastic into the desired shape. Over time, hardened plastic would accumulate within the mechanism, requiring its removal by hand. Normally, removing the hardened plastic was a safe procedure because the machine would only operate if the worker … Continue reading Can an Employee Sue Their Supervisor for a Workplace Accident?

Injured At Work……. Positive Test For Pot: Does Employee Get Workers Compensation?

Is testing positive for pot enough to disqualify an injured employee from receiving workers’ comp benefits? Vincent Hogg worked at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Center. He suffered an injury to his right shoulder and neck while subduing an unruly, combative juvenile. The Worker’s Compensation Court (WCC) found Hogg sustained an injury at work and … Continue reading Injured At Work……. Positive Test For Pot: Does Employee Get Workers Compensation?

Workers Compensation Rates for Employers Likely to Increase

Employers renewing their workers compensation policies likely will pay more for the coverage as claims costs rise and insurers' combined ratios deteriorate, experts say. Purchasers of primary and excess workers comp insurance are seeing price increases, mostly in the single-digit range, brokers and insurers say, but insurers are fighting to hold on to favored accounts. … Continue reading Workers Compensation Rates for Employers Likely to Increase

How Would a Court Rate Your Training Programs?

Your training programs make the difference between safe workers and injured workers. They can also protect you from liability. Here's a case in point. "Brendan" worked for a chemical company for 30 years before he was injured. A mechanic, Brendan was hurt when he and another employee tried to replace three broken drive belts on … Continue reading How Would a Court Rate Your Training Programs?

Company Holiday Parties: Could Your Organization Be Liable for a Drunk Driving Accident?

The holiday season is almost upon us, which makes this a good time to talk about company holiday parties and potential liability for the intoxication of employees attending the party. After attending a dinner purportedly sponsored by her employer, an airline employee got into a car accident with another vehicle, killing herself and the other … Continue reading Company Holiday Parties: Could Your Organization Be Liable for a Drunk Driving Accident?

Workers Comp Exclusive Remedy Challenged

By Roberto Ceniceros    Nebraska grain elevator suit could affect all industries October 9, 2011 - 6:00am AP -Firefighters cut a hole in a Zachow, Wis., grain elevator in June 2010 in searching for an employee who became engulfed in the grain at Sorensen Grain L.L.C. and died. 2010 was a record year for grain entrapment … Continue reading Workers Comp Exclusive Remedy Challenged

Support the “FealGood Foundation” – “No Responders Left Behind” – Help Support Them, Buy a Commemorative T-Shirt!

http://www.fealgoodfoundation.com/index.html John Feal Founder and President Director of the Zadroga Bill As the Founder of the FealGood Foundation John has had incredible achievements and continues the tremendous goals he’s set for himself either by choice or challenge. John’s determination as an individual was obvious and blatant as a High School student. He excelled in sports … Continue reading Support the “FealGood Foundation” – “No Responders Left Behind” – Help Support Them, Buy a Commemorative T-Shirt!

Cal-OSHA Will Attend Meetings Aimed at Preventing Fresno California Valley Workers’ Heat Illness This Summer.

It may be weeks before Valley temperatures begin to climb, but farmers and farm-labor contractors are getting ready for a series of seminars aimed at protecting workers from heat illness. On Tuesday, a coalition of farming groups will begin a series of statewide training workshops. The goal is to remind agriculture employers about the dangers … Continue reading Cal-OSHA Will Attend Meetings Aimed at Preventing Fresno California Valley Workers’ Heat Illness This Summer.

OSHA Fines Illinois Iron and Metal Recycler for Health, Safety Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited metals recycler Gaby Iron and Metal Co. in Chicago Heights, Ill., with 17 alleged health and safety violations, including allowing workers to exceed allowable exposure limits to lead and failing to require respirators to be worn. Lead can cause brain damage, paralysis, kidney … Continue reading OSHA Fines Illinois Iron and Metal Recycler for Health, Safety Violations