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Rick Shapiro

Who Bears Liability if Defective Equipment Causes a Workplace Injury or Death?

An unexpected tragedy led to the daylong closure of the main government office building for the Town of South Boston, Virginia (VA), on October 28, 2014. A steel vault door weighing several hundred pounds fell off its hinges and landed on an [...]
Craig Kelley

Post Traumatic Stress

These days it is so common to hear about PTSD, in relation to veterans, that one might think that it is really only a big concern for veterans. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is actually what its name implies, a disorder occurring after [...]
Rick Shapiro

Railroad Again Cited by OSHA for Retaliating Against Worker Who Documented Safety Problems

Union Pacific on September 26, 2014, received an order from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to reinstate and pay punitive damages to a rail yard worker it had illegally suspended for reporting safety problems. In announcing [...]
Rick Shapiro

Better Protections Needed for Railroad Track Maintenance Workers

Recognizing that railroad maintenance workers require more protection from on-the-job accidents that cause serious injuries and deaths, federal regulators on September 24, 2014, issued a report calling for better supervisory practices and greater [...]
Rick Shapiro

One-Person Train Crews Pose too Much Risk to Workers and the Public

A significant victory for public and workplace safety occurred on Sept. 10, 2014, when the lead union representing freight railroad conductors and ground crew members rejected a proposed revised work agreement with Burlington Northern Santa [...]
Tom D'Amore

Construction Sites Commonplace for Injuries

Almost 6.5 million people work at over 250,000 construction sites in the U.S. on any given day, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Because of the heavy equipment and hazardous conditions often present at construction [...]
Brett Emison

Labor Day Lesson: Happy Employees = Better Business & Higher Profits

  So, today is Labor Day.  And with just a hint of irony, I’m in the office … laboring today.  At our firm, I’m one of the leaders, so no one is “making” me come into the office today.  Sometimes, there’s [...]
Randy Appleton

North Carolina Construction Worker Killed by Worksite Machinery

A construction site accident took the life of a 38-year-old Elon man on August 26. The accident happened at Pine View Baptist Church in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Sheriff Chris Shew told reporters that around 10:30 a.m., a cinder block [...]
Rick Shapiro

Rail Company Held Responsible for Not Fixing Unsafe Conditions That Led to Employee’s Death

The family of a Union Pacific carman who died from surgical complications after severely breaking his leg in a workplace accident has won an appeal to hold the railroad accountable for failing to fix a longstanding safety risk at one of its [...]
Scott R. Marshall

Florida Workers’ Compensation: UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Order highlights importance of judiciary in reigning in runaway legislatures

The Bombshell from Miami-Dade County Circuit Court is no doubt reverberating throughout the halls of Tallahassee this week and will most certainly dominate discussion at the 69th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference to [...]