workplace injury News

Long Trend of Declining Workplace Accident Rate Stalls in 2018

The workplace injury rate for private-sector workers has been dropping year after year for decades. But 2018 was not one of those years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that the incidence rate of nonfatal injuries and …

Rehab Patients’ Unpaid Work for Big Companies Likely Illegal

A nationally renowned drug rehab program in Texas and Louisiana has sent patients struggling with addiction to work for free for some of the biggest companies in America, likely in violation of federal labor law. The Cenikor Foundation has dispatched …

Jury Awards $17M to California Man Who Lost Leg in Forklift Accident

A Riverside Superior Court jury awarded Steven Meier $17 million after he had his right leg amputated below the knee due to being run over by a forklift in October 2013. Meier, a security guard employed by Securitas Security Services, …

Ohio Senate Drops Plan on Workers’ Comp Benefits for Undocumented Workers

The Ohio Senate has rejected a House budget provision that would deny injury benefits to workers living in the U.S. illegally. The Columbus Dispatch reports Sen. Jay Hottinger, a Newark Republican, said after a hearing Tuesday that the provision is …

Construction Firm CEO Arrested in Carpenter’s Death at Work Site

Authorities have arrested the CEO of a construction company in the death of a carpenter who was buried alive by a dirt wall at a Milpitas’ construction site. The San Jose Mercury News reports Richard Liu, CEO of US-Sino Investment, …

2 Hurt in New York Ceiling Collapse

Two people have been hurt in a ceiling collapse at a shuttered Nassau County government building that’s under renovation. A police spokesman, Inspector Kenneth Lack, tells Newsday that the injuries are not considered life-threatening. Police say 17 other workers escaped …

OSHA Revises Worker Injury Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. Under the revised …

Ohio Man Ordered to Pay $22K in Workers’ Comp Restitution

A Ohio man was ordered to repay more than $22,000 in connection with improperly receiving workplace injury benefits. Gerald Whitacre pleaded guilty May 15 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, a fifth-degree …

Ohio Woman Must Repay $32K in Workers’ Comp Benefits

A Ohio woman was ordered to repay more than $32,000 in connection with working while collecting workplace injury benefits. Laura Brown pleaded guilty April 9 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to workers’ compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony. “Ms. …

Ohio Man to Pay $5K in Restitution for Workers’ Comp Fraud

A Ohio man was ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution for working while collecting workplace injury benefits. Investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation caught Daniel Verlinger on camera as they posed as customers of his shoe …