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April 2013 Archives

Texas fertilizer plant explodes killing 14, injuring 160

News concerning workers and accidents don't generate much interest in the news media, or from politicians. Last week's coverage of the explosion of the fertilizer factory in West, Texas is a good example. While the major networks were literally all atwitter over the manhunt to capture the Boston Marathon Bombers, the town of West was blown apart by the explosion of products on the site of the West Fertilizer Factory.

Will your doctor be consulting an algorithm on your workers' compensation claim?

On the job, injuries that result in workers' compensation claims often are painful. Back injuries, falls and broken bones typically leave workers with potentially long-lasting pain control needs. At the same time, insurers are becoming increasingly vigilant over claims that become what they consider as too expensive. While this is frequently couched in terms of concern over workers health and as a way of preventing prescription drug addictions from developing, it is as much a way of controlling the increasing costs of workers' compensation claims.

Counterfeit workers' compensation insurance scheme uncovered

Workers' compensation insurance is designed to promote two agendas. It allows injured workers to quickly obtain compensation for injuries that occur on the job, without needing to resort to the often slow and time consuming personal injury process. This ensures they receive the medical treatment they need in a timely manner and helps them return to work sooner.

OSHA issues citations for fall involving worker who suffered broken neck

Another New Jersey roofing company has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations involving fall hazards, including one incident where a roofer fell and suffered a broken neck in October 2012. The Ridgefield, New Jersey based roofing company was charged with six violations at a job site in Moonachie.