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Eric T. Chaffin

Pennsylvania Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Trench-Related Fatality

On September 28, 2015, a 21-year-old man was installing a sewer line 11 feet underground at a commercial construction site in Butler, Pennsylvania. As part of a four-man crew, he finished digging the trench about 2:00 pm Monday afternoon, but […]

Bryan Pope

10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

While most view the New Year as a time to make resolutions for the upcoming year, the Burea of Labor Statistics (BLS) take this time to release data on fatal occupational injuries. Basically a listing of America’s most dangerous jobs, […]

Steven J. Klearman

Data Shows Fatal Work Injuries Are on the Rise

A report published recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2016, fatal work injuries in the nation reached their highest level since 2008, with dramatic increases in workplace violence and overdose fatalities. There were 5,190 fatal […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Wisconsin Milling Company Fined $1.8 for Safety Violations that Led to Fatal Explosion

Didion Milling, a corn milling and soy processing company headquartered in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 14 safety violations, with proposed fines totaling $1.8 million. The company was put under […]

Eric T. Chaffin

15 Workers Suffer Amputations at Chicago Manufacturing Plant

BWAY Corporation, a manufacturer of rigid packaging—which includes metal, plastic, and hybrid containers—was recently cited for five repeated and five serious safety violations at its Chicago location. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) received four reports of workers suffering […]

T. Thomas Metier

When Will the Court Grant a Request for Ex Parte Interviews?

In the case of Carmody v. Mikesell, No. 16-cv-02603-PAB-NYW, (D. Col., 2017) the Colorado District Court tackles this question. This case arises from a back injury sustained by Cathleen Carmody (“Carmody”) while detained at the Teller County Detention Center. Carmody […]

Melanie J. VanOverloop

Construction Site Safety – Lookout for Dangerous Boom Lifts

Aerial boom lifts are commonly used on construction sites, but they have a potentially deadly defect that many manufacturers and equipment rental companies have failed to address. An aerial boom lift can be used on a jobsite to place workers […]

T. Thomas Metier

Was Plaintiff’s Dementia Caused By Alzheimer’s or Exposure to Carbon Monoxide?

The Nebraska Court of Appeals handled that question in Hamilton v. United Parcel Service, No. A-17-102 (Neb. App. 2017). Robert Hamilton (“Hamilton”) filed an action in the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court claiming his dementia was due to repeated exposure to […]

T. Thomas Metier

When the Court is Faced with Conflicting Opinions from Competent Medical Experts, Which Opinion Should Be Given More Weight?

In Hintz v. Farmers Co-op Ass’n., (297 Neb. 903) the Nebraska Supreme Court faced this question. In this case, Ian Hintz (“Hintz”) was working at Farmers Cooperative Association (“Farmers”) as a tire technician and was repairing a tire on a […]

T. Thomas Metier

In a Disability Benefits Case, How Should the Insurance Company Determine the Date Disability Started?

In Owings v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Company, No. 16-3128, (10th Cir., 2017) the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit overturned a lower court’s ruling about when a disability began. Plaintiff Greggory Owings (“Owings”) sustained a […]