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Assault at Job Covered by Workers’ Comp, Mississippi Supreme Court Rules

A man gets assaulted at work by two co-workers. Is the man’s recourse for his injuries limited only to the exclusive remedy of the workers’ compensation system? The Mississippi Supreme Court this month said, “yes,” despite the employee’s claims of …

Claim For Fatal Heat Stroke Barred by Missouri Ruling on Co-Employee Lawsuits

Tyler Scott Halsey worked himself to death trimming trees in 96-degree heat, his parents say. They alleged in a lawsuit against his employer, Townsend Tree Service, that his supervisor did not offer enough water or rest breaks and disabled the …

Cadmium Spiked at Lead Factory, Workers Didn’t Get Help

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In June 2014, an air monitor strapped to a worker inside a Tampa lead factory picked up an unmistakable red flag. The level of cadmium, a toxic metal known to cause cancer, had soared to more …

California Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Warehouse Workers

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed a bill that limits warehouse employers like Amazon.com Inc from setting productivity quotas, the first legislation of its kind in the United States. The new provisions require all companies using warehouse labor to …

Biden Administration Unveils Plan to Address ‘Silent Killer’ Extreme Heat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to protect workers and communities from extreme heat after a dangerously hot summer that spurred an onslaught of drought-worsened wildfires and caused hundreds of deaths from the Pacific Northwest to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana. …

Small Agency, Big Job: Biden Tasks OSHA With Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t make many headlines. Charged with keeping America’s workplaces safe, it usually busies itself with tasks such as setting and enforcing standards for goggles, hardhats and ladders. But President Joe Biden …

Fines Appealed After Nitrogen Kills Six at Georgia Plant

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Three of four companies are appealing federal workplace safety fines following a January liquid nitrogen leak that killed six workers at a Georgia poultry processing plant. The U.S. Department of Labor says plant owner Foundation Food …

Insurers Worry About COVID-19 Discrimination Claims as Workers Return

LONDON — Liability insurers on both sides of the Atlantic are scaling back the cover they offer companies ahead of an expected wave of discrimination claims as employers call staff back to their desks after 18 months of pandemic-induced home …

Viewpoint: How Zoom and the ‘Quarantine 15’ Created a Perfect Storm for Soft Tissue Injuries

In a normal year, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), also known as soft tissue injuries, account for roughly 34% of lost work-days in the U.S. and one-third of the dollars spent on workers compensation claims. But this was anything but a …

Anglo American Exposed Coal Miners to Excessive Risk, Inquiry Finds

MELBOURNE — An Australian inquiry into a blast at an Anglo American coal mine in Queensland state that seriously injured five workers found that the miner repeatedly produced more methane gas than it could remove and had exposed workers to …