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Probe Into Death of Nurse on Home Visit Alleges Employer Failed to Protect Workers

A home health care company failed to protect a visiting nurse who was killed during an appointment with a convicted rapist at a Connecticut halfway house and should be fined about $161,000, federal workplace safety officials said Wednesday. The Occupational …

St. Louis Contractor Faces $276K in Fines Over Deadly Fall Hazards

Federal workplace safety inspectors found a Missouri roofing contractor again risking the safety of its employees by failing to protect them against the construction industry’s deadliest hazard — falls from heights— at five residential worksites in Wentzville in October and …

Report: Four-in-10 California Workers’ Comp Claims from Workers with Less Than a Year of Tenure

Roughly four-in-10 workers’ compensation claims come from workers with less than one year of tenure, a new report from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California shows. The report shows 40% of workers’ comp claims come from workers with …

Nevada Tops States Where Energy Workers Get Highest Compensation Pay-Outs

Nevada tops states in a new study of states in which current and former employees of the Department of Energy received the highest average payout in monetary compensation and paid medical bills after suffering illnesses as a result of being …

Labor Union Asks Federal Regulators to Oversee South Carolina Workplace Safety Program

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of the largest labor organizations in the United States petitioned the federal government on Thursday to wrest workplace safety oversight from South Carolina regulators accused of failing to protect service employees. South Carolina is one …

10th Circuit: No Coverage Due Under Owner-Controlled Insurance Program for $22M Verdict

A multinational company that maintains power plants operated by electric utilities cannot turn to its customer’s owner-controlled insurance program for coverage after a losing a jury trial that resulted in a $222 million verdict. A panel of the 10th Circuit …

Indian Rescuers Reach 41 Workers Trapped in Collapsed Tunnel for 17 Days

UTTARKASHI, India (AP) — The Press Trust of India news agency says rescuers have reached workers trapped in a collapsed mountain tunnel and have started pulling them out. One worker has been rescued so far, the report said. The rescue …

USDA Allows Pork Plants to Keep Operating at Accelerated Speeds

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday it will extend for up to 90 days a trial program that allows six U.S. pork plants to operate faster processing-line speeds while collecting data on how the speeds affect meatpacking …

Lawsuit Blames Negligence by Plant Owner, HVAC Contractors for Cannabis Worker’s Asthma Death

A lawsuit has been filed over what has been identified as the cannabis industry’s first asthma workplace death. The mother of a worker who died from an asthma attack at a Massachusetts cannabis processing plant in 2022 has brought wrongful …

Platinum Mine Disaster Kills 11 Workers in South Africa

At least 11 people died at a mine owned by Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. when an elevator transporting workers to the surface failed, the worst accident in the South African company’s history. On Monday afternoon, a cage hoisting miners to …