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Fatal Work Injuries in Utah Decrease in 2015

Salt Lake City, UT (WorkersCompensation.com) – The Utah Labor Commission in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the 2015 fatal occupational injury data for Utah which was obtained through the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the Utah Occupational Safety and Health (UOSH) Division, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). A…

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Labor vigil calls for improved worker safety

About 70 laborers and their families gathered outside the State House Tuesday night to call for tougher workplace safety standards in Massachusetts, after a commercial diver drowned last week after being trapped inside a municipal water tank in Braintree. Speakers at the vigil, organized by the Massachusetts Coalition For Occupational Safety and Health, also demanded the passage of a bill…

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Family of woman sues catering company for wrongful death after SAHA gala

ME says preliminary autopsy reveals woman had hardening of arteries SAN ANTONIO – A family is filing a wrongful death lawsuit and seeking $1 million from the catering company that provided the food at a San Antonio Housing Authority gala where at least 50 people became sick. The family claims Guadalupe Jimenez attended the SAHA Gala for elderly and disabled…

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OSHA Fines USPS $178K After Inspectors Find Workers Exposed to Safety Hazards at Merrifield Distribution Center

Merrifield,VA.(WorkersCompensation.com) – Employer name: U.S. Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center Inspection site: 8409 Lee Hwy, Merrifield, Virginia Citations issued: On Dec. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to the postal service for three repeat and two serious safety violations, including one issued as a violation of the OSH Act’s general duty…

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Labor Report Urges Study Of A Federal Role In State Workers’ Comp Laws

Today’s post comes from guest author Edgar Romano, from Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano. Howard Berkes and Michael Grabell have been shining a light on the deterioration of state workers’ compensation benefits over the last decade. A new U.S. Department of Labor report bolsters their investigative journalism, noting that those hurt on the job are at “great risk…

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4 injured N.J. vapers sue e-cigarette retailers for selling exploding devices

PLAINSBORO — Four New Jersey residents — including two teenagers — who suffered third-degree burns when their e-cigarette batteries ignited “like a rocket” are suing the shops that sold the “defective” devices, their attorneys announced Thursday. The manufacturers of the lithium ion batteries that power the vaping devices are also the targets of the litigation, although the attorneys acknowledged it…

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Bicyclist severely injured in crash with parking valet is awarded $38M

Attorneys for the bicyclist argued that Standard Parking’s valets routinely took an illegal shortcut across two traffic lanes of Eighth Avenue. In the crash, Thyce Colyn suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries that limit his mobility, according to his lawyer. A jury awarded $38 million Thursday to a bicyclist severely injured four years ago when he was hit…

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