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COA reinstates personal injury suit against company, driver

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A negligence case against an Indianapolis heating and air conditioning company will be reinstated after the Indiana Court of Appeals found that summary judgment in favor of the company was inappropriate. In Thomas Hudgins and Sheila Hudgins v. Brian Bemish, Ideal Heating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Inc., 49A02-1505-CT-384, Brian Bemish was formerly an employee of Ideal Heating Air Conditioning and…

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Student sues Armijo, district for ’emblem’ injury

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An Armijo High School student sued his school and the Fairfield-Suisun district Wednesday seeking at least $25,000 for injuries he claims to have sustained after he slipped and fell Sept. 30, 2015. Darrius Parnell’s lawsuit claims he was walking across the campus quad between his third- and fourth-period classes and slipped on the painted emblem on the ground of the…

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Food company Kerry faces OSHA fine for worker injuries at Melrose Park plant

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Irish food products company Kerry Inc. has been cited by federal safety inspectors after two workers at its Chicago-area plant were injured on the job because the company allegedly failed to enforce safety procedures. One worker’s hand was amputated while clearing out a bread crumb conveyor at the plant in Melrose Park, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in…

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COA holds that volunteer work was incidental to man’s employment

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A general contractor’s volunteer work was incidental to his professional employment, so the injuries he sustained during the volunteer work must be covered under the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act. That was the Indiana Court of Appeals’ decision in John C. Morris v. Custom Kitchen & Baths, 93A02-1601-EX-179. John Morris obtained his general contractor’s license in 2011 and formed a sole…

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NY Heavy Equipment Operator Indicted On Charges He Stole More Than $75,000 In Workers’ Comp Benefits While Failing To Provide His Own Employees With Required Coverage

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New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and Cayuga County District Attorney Jon E. Budelmann announced today the indictment and arraignment of a central New York heavy equipment operator accused of stealing more than $75,000 in Workers’ Compensation insurance benefits to which he was not entitled while also failing to provide his own logging company’s employees with required coverage….

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Judge halves $1 billion award in J&J hip implants case

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A U.S. judge almost halved the award in a December jury verdict that ordered Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay more than $1 billion to plaintiffs in six lawsuits who said they were injured by DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implants. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Dallas cited “constitutional considerations” that limit how much plaintiffs may…

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WWE seeks to have brain injury lawsuit tossed

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World Wrestling Entertainment is asking a federal judge to dismiss the sixth lawsuit filed on behalf of a former wrestler who claims he suffered a traumatic brain injury. The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that the 47-page brief filed in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport on Friday, also asks the judge to sanction the wrestler’s attorney, Konstantine Kyros, and for Kyros…

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OSHA Finds Wisconsin Medical Clinic Exposed Workers to Asbestos Hazards

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Monroe, WI (WorkersCompensation .com) – Federal investigators found a local medical clinic failed to tell maintenance workers they were being exposed to hazardous asbestos material – which the company identified in 2008 – and did not provide workers with protective equipment. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found The Monroe Clinic Inc. violated…

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Chicago Metal Container Manufacturer Faces Penalties After 3rd Worker Suffers Amputation Injury

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On Dec. 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued B-Way Corp. one repeated and one serious safety violation, carrying proposed penalties of $81,062, following its investigation of the most recent injury. On Sept. 10, 2016, a machine amputated a 52-year-old temporary worker’s right middle finger tip when it came in contact with the machine’s…

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United Airlines/OSHA Settlement In Newark Airport Case May Reduce Injuries For All Baggage Handlers

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reached an agreement with United Airlines that will eliminate a series of hazardous conditions in the carrier’s baggage-handling operation at Newark Airport, and could potentially trigger ergonomic improvements for baggage handlers at airports throughout the country. OSHA, a division of the Department of Labor, says this week’s agreement settles a lawsuit against United,…

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