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The greater Boston area has a serious problem with opioid addiction among broad sectors of industry. In some cases, it’s heroin and other illicit street drugs. However, we are also seeing a major problem with an addition to prescription painkillers among injured workers, according to a recent news article from the Lowell Sun.

needleThis statewide problem has gotten to the point where Governor Charlie Baker and his administration have decided to start a two-year pilot program. This pilot program is for workers in Boston and around the Commonwealth who have already settled their workers’ compensation cases. All of the workers who will participate in this program are currently being treated with opioid-based painkillers for their on-the-job injuries. Continue reading

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When people go to the circus, they go to see the amazing things all of the performers can do.  This is especially true in the case of Cirque du Soleil, where they don’t have any animal acts in the show.  Many of the things these performers do during the show are dangerous or “death-defying,” as P.T. Barnum use to say.

construction hatHowever, in addition to the many talented performers, there are also many people on the crew that work to get the show up and running. While working on the crew is not typically billed as a daring stunt, like many other jobs, it can be dangerous or even deadly.  According to a news report from CBS News, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating an accident that involved a crew member of a Cirque du Soleil “Luzia” show that resulted in the crew member’s death. Continue reading

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Working in construction is one of the more dangerous occupations in the United States.  There are so many different ways one could be injured.  We typically see cases where construction workers are injured in fall accidents, power tool accidents, heavy equipment accidents, and various other types of accidents.

fire-power-1-1507896According to a recent news article from The Patriot Ledger, a worker in Weymouth, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, was injured when a nail gun slid off the roof and hit him in the head.  While this type of injury is often portrayed in comedies as resulting in pain, but little if any actual injury, in reality, this is a very serious, and potentially deadly, on-the-job accident. In this case, the worker suffered a serious head injury. Continue reading

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One of the most devastating types of workplace injuries is one that involves amputation of an arm, hand, leg or foot.  While workplace accidents resulting in amputation happen far less often then they did back in the days of the industrial revolution, they still do occur on a somewhat regular basis, with workers in certain industries at higher risk.

workAccording to a recent news article from Delaware Online, a worker at a mill suffered a very serious on-the-job injury in which he lost his leg. He was working at a factory and stepped in front of a milling machine when the accident occurred.  While there are many different types of milling machines, including ones that make individual parts such a CNC Router, this accident involved a much larger machine. Continue reading

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On December 2, 2015, 15 people were killed and 22 more were seriously injured in a mass shooting in San Diego that was later classified a terrorist attack.  This was the horrific incident that involved a husband and wife who targeted a training meeting for employees of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, as well as an office holiday party. The couple who were killed by the police while attempting to get away had also planned to detonate a bomb.

gunNow more than a year has passed, and the victims are still suffering from serious medical conditions, both physical and mental, and they are being told that treatment is no longer going to be paid for to the same degree as it had, according to a recent news article from The New York Times.  However, these victims are not fighting with a health insurance company, but rather with the workers’ compensation policy holders and plan officials, because many of these injures were classified at as workplace injury. Continue reading

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Whether you are in Boston, New York, or any other major city in the United States, working in the subway or in other areas of public transportation can be very dangerous.  We are typically dealing with fast moving trains and other moving machinery and it is not hard to imagine how workers could be injured or killed.

subwayAccording to a recent news report from the Gothamist, one New York City transit worker was killed and another was injured when a G train hit them.  Unlike some other cities, the system there runs all 24 hours a day, so it is important to be alert and wear reflective clothing whenever workers are on the tracks.  It is also imperative that safety controllers are constantly aware of the location of all workers and whether they will be near any moving trains.  There are hideouts alongside the tracks that should allow workers to hide if a train is coming, in order to prevent an injury, but the location and state of these protective hideouts is currently under review. Continue reading

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In Capital Builders Hardware v. WCAB, a case from the California Court of Appeals, Second Appellant District, claimant was injured in an industrial accident while working for his employer, which is a major construction company. While the court opinion does not specify how he was injured or the type of injury he sustained, we do know that he filed for workers’ compensation following his injury.

worker3After filing his workers’ compensation claim, his employer, through its workers’ compensation insurance company representative, filed a motion to exclude the admission of a particular medical report into the record in this case.  The administrative judge at the workers’ compensation commission denied the employer’s request to exclude the medical report and indicated that his dismissal was without prejudice. Continue reading

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In State ex rel. Manpower of Dayton, Inc. v. Industrial Commission of Ohio, a case from the Supreme Court of Ohio, claimant injured her left arm and hand while working for employer.  Her injury occurred in 2006, and she filed a timely claim for workers’ compensation.

wrist painHer claim for workers’ compensation was initially granted following her on-the-job injury, and she was determined to be disabled based upon her physical injuries, as well as her physiological condition that resulted from the workplace injury.  As her injuries, both mental and physical, did not improve, and actually got worse, she applied for what is known as permanent total disability benefits. Continue reading

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When working on a construction project, laborers are sometimes needed to toil at relatively high elevations above ground level.  Even on projects that are not in any way considered a skyscraper, falling from the height at which workers are stationed could result in serious personal injury or death.  This could be falling off scaffolding, in the case of a building that is being renovated, falling of an exposed beam or rafter in new construction, or falling down a temporary or permanent elevator.  A temporary elevator is commonly used at construction sites before the permanent elevators or escalators are up and running.

scaffoldAccording to the New York Daily News, a worker was recently critically injured when he fell down an elevator shaft.  This was his second day on the job, and he was working on a building construction project in Brooklyn. Continue reading

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After the Deadliest Catch premiered more than a decade ago, Americans grew increasingly enamoured with the idea of exploring the world’s most dangerous jobs in America.  While there are certainly some jobs that are more dangerous than others, most of the workplace injuries occur at jobs that are not likely to be the basis of a reality television show.

nitrogenOne of the types of employment that often results in an injury for which someone would file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits is factory work.  In many cases, we have people doing repetitive tasks for an entire day while standing and reaching overhead in uncomfortable positions.  This has resulted in many instances of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and other types of repetitive stress injuries (RSI) as well as other types of traumatic injuries such as cuts, abrasions and even amputations.  This can be a result of poorly guarded machines or it can just simply be an accident for which nobody is at fault. Continue reading