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VIAW Newswire 03.03.14

Posted on 05 March 2014 by admin

Facebook Pictures’ Use Evolving in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Today’s post comes from guest author Brody Ockander, from Rehm, Bennett & Moore. We routinely advise our clients to be aware of the possible discovery of Facebook and other social media sites. First step – check your privacy settings. If you do not control your privacy settings, your employer or the insurance carrier may easily access your posts. Also, do not post comments about your case, your employer, or your injury online.

http://workersadvisor.com/2014/03/03/facebook-pictures-use-evolving-in-workers-compensation-cases/

 

New York City Council Expands Paid Sick Days to More Than 350,000 Workers

The New York City Council overwheelmingly voted to expand a law requiring employers to provide workers with paid sick days, giving more than 350,000 new workers the power to stay home when they are sick and not endanger themselves or customers who patronize the businesses they work for. The legislation, which passed on a 46–5 vote, is expected to be signed by new Mayor Bill de Blasio. Current law requires paid sick days to be offered to workers at businesses with 15 workers or more.

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/In-The-States/New-York-City-Council-Expands-Paid-Sick-Days-to-More-Than-350-000-Workers

 

Cal/OSHA investigating chlorine gas leak at K2 Pure Solutions that sent worker to hospital

State officials are investigating an industrial accident at K2 Pure Solutions involving the release of a small amount of chlorine gas that sent a worker from another company to the hospital a few weeks ago. It’s the second time in three months there has been a release of chlorine gas at the site.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_25243145/cal-osha-investigating-chlorine-gas-leak-at-k2

Cal/OSHA Opens Investigation Into Menzies Ramp Agent’s Death

State workplace safety inspectors have opened an investigation into the death of a baggage worker at Los Angeles International Airport despite an initial report indicating he had a heart attack. Based on that report, Erika Monterroza, spokeswoman the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said an inspection was not initially planned into the death Friday of Cesar Valenzuela, 51.

http://www.aviationpros.com/news/11319534/cal-osha-opens-investigation-into-menzies-ramp-agents-death

 

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VIAW Newswire 02.21.14

Posted on 22 February 2014 by admin

Tesoro bars federal safety agency from East Bay refinery

In an unprecedented challenge, Tesoro Corp. has barred federal authorities from going inside its refinery near Martinez to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe, The Chronicle has learned. State officials ordered a partial shutdown of the Golden Eagle Refinery following the Feb. 12 incident after inspectors with California’s workplace safety agency found numerous suspected safety violations, state officials said.

http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Tesoro-bars-federal-safety-agency-from-East-Bay-5254436.php

DWC Posts Adjustments to Physician Services and Non-Physician Practitioner Services Section of Official Medical Fee Schedule

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted an order adjusting the Physician Services and Non-Physician Practitioner Services section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule to conform to changes made to the Medi-Cal Rates database effective for services on or after February 15, 2014.

http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2014/2014-13.pdf

Man in vegetative state not due workers comp for vision, hearing loss

A man in a persistent vegetative state cannot receive workers compensation benefits for vision and hearing loss, partly because his condition doesn’t allow him to be accurately tested for such injuries, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in a split decision.

http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20140220/NEWS08/140229982

Union Pickets Santa Monica Hotel over Alleged Labor Abuses

Workers from the Doubletree Suites Hotel in Santa Monica picketed Tuesday, claiming that management denied them legally-mandated breaks. The workers, who belong to the regional hospitality workers’ union, UNITE HERE Local 11, were joined by a handful of community members, including several City Council members and two Planning Commissioners.

http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2014/February-2014/02_19_2014_Union_Pickets_Santa_Monica_Hotel_over_Alleged_Labor_Abuses.html

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VIAW Newswire 02.19.14

Posted on 22 February 2014 by admin

VW workers may block southern U.S. deals if no unions: labor chief

Volkswagen’s top labor representative threatened on Wednesday to try to block further investments by the German carmaker in the southern United States if its workers there are not unionized.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/19/vw-workers-may-block-southern-u-s-deals-if-no-unions-labor-chief/

DWC Posts Proposed Copy Service Fee Schedule Regulations to Online Forum for Public Comment

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted proposed Copy Service Fee Schedule regulations to the online forum where members of the public may review and comment on the proposals.

http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2014/2014-11.pdf

Aerospace worker killed in El Cajon industrial accident

An employee of an aerospace firm was killed Monday night in an industrial accident in El Cajon. A security guard discovered the victim at GKN Aerospace on West Bradley Avenue near North Marshall Avenue about 7:15 p.m., El Cajon police Lt. Walt Miller said.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/18/worker-killed-industrial-accident-el-cajon/

New bill would change how workers’ compensation claims work in Arizona

House Bill 2455’s title indicates it’s designed to change how workers process their compensation claims, keeping the insurance companies honest and keeping workers from going after money they don’t deserve. But opponents to the bill said it takes all the rights away from the workers and gives insurance companies even more power.

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/new-bill-would-change-how-workers-compensation-claims-work-in-arizona

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VIAW Newswire 02.12.14

Posted on 12 February 2014 by admin

Is It Really WorkMAN’s Compensation or Workers’ Compensation?

Today’s post comes from guest author Brody Ockander, from Rehm, Bennett & Moore.

I often hear my clients refer to their work-injury claim by the antiquated term, “workman’s compensation.” This was formerly the common vernacular when referring to a work-injury claim.

http://workersadvisor.com/2014/02/10/is-it-really-workmans-compensation-or-workers-compensation/

Texas Court Holds Employer Not Liable for Drunk Employee’s Death

A state appellate court in Houston, Texas recently held that an employer had no duty to prevent an employee from injuring himself as a result of his own intoxication. Robbie Lynn Clark, an employee of Vaquero, a contractor for EOG Resources, Inc., died after wrecking a company truck while intoxicated.

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/texas-court-holds-employer-not-liable-fo-24133/

OSHA Warns Companies After Rise in Cellphone Tower Deaths

Cellphone tower contractors and the companies that hire them need to strictly comply with safety standards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday, citing “an alarming increase” in preventable injuries and deaths.

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/osha-warns-companies-after-rise-in-cellphone-tower-deaths-20140211-01456#ixzz2t86H6vZi

Doctors propose limiting charges on workers’ compensation pills

Facing criticism from Baltimore and nearby counties over high drug bills, doctors who prescribe marked-up medication under Maryland’s workers’ compensation system have proposed capping their prescription fees.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-repackaging-bill-20140211,0,5373994.story#ixzz2t8A2jJu5

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VIAW Newswire 02.07.14

Posted on 11 February 2014 by admin

Drowning Death Of Untrained Worker is 2nd Fatality in 5 Months for Fl Company

Following the drowning death of an untrained worker, Lucas Marine Acquisition Co. LLC has been cited for 22 safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

http://www.workerscompensation.com/compnewsnetwork/news/18262-drowning-death-of-untrained-worker-is-2nd-fatality-in-5-months-for-fl-company.html

 

Work-related injuries can’t happen here…can they?

One of the biggest barriers to improving health and safety is the belief that work-related injury, disease or death “can’t happen here”. I’m not saying injuries are an inevitable part of work…

http://www.workerscompensation.com/compnewsnetwork/workers-comp-blogwire/18258-work-related-injuries-can%E2%80%99t-happen-here%E2%80%A6can-they.html

 

WA L&I: Businesses Can Save on Workers’ Comp Costs by Using “Stay at Work” Program

A program that encourages employers to provide injured workers with light-duty jobs has paid off with $19.4 million for the business community.

http://www.workcompwire.com/2014/02/wa-li-businesses-can-save-on-workers-comp-costs-by-using-stay-at-work-program/

 

Stamford’s cafeteria tables ID’d as worker’s comp issue

The cafeteria tables in the city’s public schools are among the most dangerous workplace hazards in the city, according to a memo that Stamford’s Risk Management Department recently sent to the Board of Education.

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/printpromotion/article/Stamford-s-cafeteria-tables-ID-d-as-worker-s-comp-5209229.php?

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GARY HOAG’S Injured Worker Horror Story

Posted on 30 December 2011 by admin

“I was crushed between two vehicles. I was bleeding profusely and thought I would probably die. I asked the dispatcher to call my wife and tell her that I loved her. But SCIF denies my right leg was injured and has cut off physical therapy. SCIF has denied necessary medical treatment. They’re taking away my only hope.”

Read more at the attached link.

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ERIK NEUMAN’S Injured Worker Horror Story

Posted on 30 December 2011 by admin

“I was a detective doing anti-gang work until the day I was shot at work. I lost my leg, and my ability to do field police work. I canʼt play ball with my son, Evan, or even carry my daughter, Emily, up to bed after she falls asleep. I have to pay others to do everyday things I used to do myself.”

Read more at the attached link.

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Erica Domen’s Injured Worker Horror Story

Posted on 29 December 2011 by admin

“I’ve lost my arm, my job, my freedom and my joy in living. I cannot trust workers comp to help me fully recover.”

Read more at the attached link.

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DOLORES “DEE” TURNER’S Injured Worker Horror Story

Posted on 29 December 2011 by admin

“Iʼve lost my career in law enforcement. Iʼve had four back surgeries and my jaw hinges are disintegrating after ʻbiting the bulletʼ in pain for ten years. No treatment for my jaw has been approved, although the approved doctor said workersʼ comp. must pay for care. I canʼt eat solids and itʼs difficult when I speak. I often want to die. Pain controls my every move, word and thought.”

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DIANNE FITZPATRICK’S Injured Worker Horror Story

Posted on 29 December 2011 by admin

The insurer denied medical care, cut off temporary disability, and cut my disability compensation nearly in half due to low bone density that all middle-aged women have.

 

Read more at the attached link.

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