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August 2015 Archives

Jury awards forklift accident victim $15.2 million

If you've ever operated one, then you know that driving a forklift takes some skill. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that forklift operators be trained and certified. If a company employs an uncertified forklift driver, then the company could be cited by OSHA.

Two explosions heard 'round the world and a little closer to home

In the past two weeks, two warehouse sites in China, both storing chemicals, have exploded. More than 120 people, including 67 firefighters, were killed, and hundreds were injured. While the government investigates the blasts, authorities are also dealing with accusations of corruption and graft. In both cases, it seems, the warehouses violated safety regulations: They were too close to residential areas, in one case too close by half.

Asbestos violations: What you don't tell workers will hurt them p2

Two companies working on the renovation of an old school building in southern Illinois are in deep trouble with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. The building, it seems, contained a significant amount of asbestos, and the companies knew it. They did not, however, share the information with their workers.

Asbestos violations: What you don't tell workers will hurt them

If you watch home renovation shows at all, you will be familiar with the scene. The contractor and homeowners are tearing down walls of a decades-old "craftsman" home. Sledge hammers fly, plaster and drywall crumble as the team works to achieve that open concept the homeowners want so badly. Suddenly, the contractor stops. He holds up a hand -- the homeowners pause and look at him with concern. "That's not good," he says. How much will this cost, whatever it is? Commercial break.

Constitutionality of workers' comp system challenged p3

We have been talking about a Florida case involving workers' compensation. As we said, the case has a complicated procedural history, and the appeals court felt that history made it impossible for the court to rule on the central question. The question, as the title of the post suggests, is whether the workers' comp system itself is constitutional.

Constitutionality of workers' comp system challenged p2

We are discussing a case in Florida that challenges the constitutionality of the state's workers' compensation system as the "sole remedy" for injured employees. The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, even though the appellate court said the appellees had no case. The problem was not that the workers' advocacy organizations appealing the trial court's decision had failed to make persuasive arguments; rather, the problem was that the appellees had no business being involved in a nonexistent controversy.

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