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Families can’t sue for workplace fatalities; check database

Posted on 25 July 2012 by admin

Brandan Kalmerton was 26 when he was killed on the job in 2010.

He had been repairing a drill head that had failed in a trench near U.S. 41 in Oshkosh. His family and friends suspected immediately that safety rules hadn’t been followed. They were right.

Federal safety regulators inspected the scene and filed a final report six months after the incident that cited four violations they called “serious.”

Kalmerton and one of his Northwest Cable Construction coworkers — Paul Tijan, 37, of Gale — were working in a trench more than 9 feet deep and 4½ feet wide. The safety “trench box” they were in — built to prevent cave-ins — was only 6 feet tall, leaving 3 feet unprotected.

 

Database: Search OSHA inspection results on fatal work site accidents in Wisconsin from 2000 to 2010.

 

Kalmerton and Tijan heard the wall of gravel and dirt shifting above them. In an instant, tons of earth crashed down, partially burying them both.

The weight crushed Kalmerton, breaking his ribs and fracturing his skull. The Oshkosh man died at the scene.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued four fines totaling $13,200, but Northwest Cable promised to address safety problems and negotiated a deal to reduce the fines to $9,000.

The company’s experience is not unusual. The largest fine in a Gannett Wisconsin Media review of 240 workplace fatalities in Wisconsin over 11 years was a $117,000 payment by Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp. of Oshkosh in 2006, issued after a 28-year-old man was crushed by a 2,700-pound bundle of steel. The original fine of $217,000 was reduced through negotiations.

Liability

Even in the case of a death, Wisconsin law forbids employees’ families from suing employers for wrongful death. Their liability is limited to paying a death benefit and funeral costs.

That comes as a result of the deals cut in the landmark 1911 Wisconsin workers’ compensation law, the first in the nation, which provided unprecedented worker protection and rights but conceded the right to sue.

 

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http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20120723/GPG0101/307230118/Wisconsin-law-prohibits-families-from-suing-employers-in-workplace-fatalities?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

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Charity Golf Tournament EVENT

Posted on 12 July 2012 by admin

Thank you for joining us last month at our first inaugural Charity Golf Tournament at the scenic Santa Anita Golf Course.

For those of you who missed thisgreat event benefiting the injured workers, please enjoy the following pictures.

Mark you calendars so you do not miss the 2013 golf tournament.

 

 

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THE MONOPOLIZATION OF INJURED WORKERS’ HEALTHCARE

Posted on 12 July 2012 by admin

Dignity Health Buyout of U.S. Healthworks

 

August’s planned buyout of U.S. Healthworks by Dignity Health is a red flag to injured workers who more than likely may be sent to a medical center owned by this behemoth by year’s end. As of now, U.S. Healthworks operates 172 medical centers nationally, and Dignity Health has 33 medical facilities throughout the state of California, four in Nevada and three in Arizona.

According to U.S. Healthworks CEO, Daniel Crowley, the buyout will provide a “great platform for us to continue growing our network to provide high-quality health care services throughout the country,” which he recently stated in a Modesto Bee article.

This medical conglomerate includes ambulatory surgery through its acquisition of United Surgical Partners International and imaging centers via its acquisition of SimonMedImaging. Dignity Health wants to expand its operations from coast to coast and increase their profits by an even more sizeable margin. It is a well-known fact that Daniel Crowley helped

What this means for injured workers is that any time there suffer a work-related injury and they are sent to one of Dignity Health/U.S. Healthworks facilities, be it urgent care, MRIs, or any other medical necessity, they will more than likely not be offered adequate medical assistance. U.S. Healthworks has a track record of focusing only on increasing their medical profits and not on offering the best medical care to injured workers. The level of occupational medicine will plummet and the ones who will suffer will be those who will be forced to find medical treatment at these facilities that do not have their best interests in mind.

The monopolization of occupational care is a manner in which to raise prices and offer less medical services for the amount. This in turn will hinder adequate medical treatment to injured workers and essentially prolong their rehabilitation process and an opportunity to work or have medical care for chronic conditions caused by occupational injuries.

Now is the time to act and stop this monopoly by contacting your state representatives. If we stand idly by – occupational health centers and providers that truly help injured workers will become a memory of the past and injured workers will be burdened by inadequate medical care, medications and rehabilitation.

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JULY 2012 NEWSLETTER

Posted on 12 July 2012 by admin

MONOPOLIZING OCCUPATIONAL HEALTHCARE

August’s planned buyout of U.S. Healthworks by Dignity Health is a red flag to injured workers who more than likely may be sent to a medical center owned by this behemoth by year’s end. As of now, U.S. Healthworks operates 172 medical centers nationally, and Dignity Health has 33 medical facilities throughout the state of California, four in Nevada and three in Arizona.

This medical conglomerate includes ambulatory surgery through its acquisition of United Surgical Partners International and imaging centers via its acquisition of SimonMedImaging. Dignity Health wants to expand its operations from coast to coast and increase their profits by an even more sizeable margin.

Now is the time to act and stop this monopoly through legislation in order to help instead of hurt California’s injured workers.

For the full version please follow the link: VIAWJulyNewsletter

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