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  1. California has adopted an emergency standard to address the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace after the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved Cal/OSHA’s proposed rule.  The board approved the standard Nov. 19, but the regulation didn’t go into effect until Dec. 1. While healthcare workers are protected from the coronavirus and other diseases […]

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  2. A carpenter suffered severe injuries when he was struck by a falling object. At the time, he was an undocumented worker. Does that affect his ability to collect workers’ comp benefits? Manuel Ibanez worked for High Point Construction in Nevada. In 2014, he suffered severe injuries after a falling two-by-four struck him in the head, […]

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  3. The owners of a Minnesota drywall company were sentenced Nov. 23 for a $300,000 workers’ compensation insurance fraud scheme.  LeRoy and Joyce Mehr, owners of Merit Drywall, were sentenced to 180 days of electronic home monitoring and have to complete 30 days of community service. Both were also fined $30,000 and must repay their insurance […]

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  4. An injured worker refused a light duty job offer because it interfered with caring for her disabled granddaughter. Did the worker receive workers’ comp benefits? Bridget Moss suffered a knee sprain at work. Two weeks later, Moss was released to return to work with restrictions. Ryan Alternative Staffing offered Moss a light duty job within […]

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  5. Through Nov. 12, 2020, federal OSHA has issued a total of 232 coronavirus-related citations, with fines totaling $3,148,452.  OSHA previously announced citations from 203 inspections, and this recent update adds 29 more, including: Senior Philanthropy of Milford B LLC in Illinois and East Longmeadow Management Systems of Massachusetts hit with the highest initial penalty of $23,133 the second […]

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  6. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there were fewer attempts to appeal OSHA citations in fiscal year 2020, according to a report from the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).  Employers filed 1,845 appeals with the OSHRC in FY 2020, down 8.5% from the 2,017 filed in FY 2019. The OSHRC attributes the decrease in […]

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  7. Just one week before the holiday, the CDC recommended the best way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with the people in your household. In case you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, we’re also highlighting a cooking safety hazard, courtesy of William Shatner. More than one million COVID-19 cases were reported in the […]

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  8. An Alabama auto-parts manufacturer was ordered Nov. 9 to pay $1 million to the estate of an employee who was crushed to death by a robotic arm. The company, which pleaded guilty to a willful lockout/tagout violation, was also ordered to pay a $500,000 OSHA fine and serve a three-year probation period with weekly inspections […]

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  9. A meatpacking plant and a temporary staffing company face a total of $104,795 in Cal/OSHA fines in connection with an investigation after 303 COVID-19 cases at the facility.  Cal/OSHA issued $58,100 in fines to Smithfield Food’s Farmer John plant in Vernon, CA, and $46,695 in fines to CitiStaff Solutions Inc. in East Los Angeles, CA, […]

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  10. An employee sought workers’ comp benefits, claiming his MRSA infection was due to cuts and scrapes he suffered on the job. How did a court rule? Kenneth Streit says he sustained cuts and scrapes while doing construction work, which resulted in a MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureas) infection in 2012. His employer, Streit Construction Inc., and […]

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