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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 […]

Bryan Pope

Workplace Safety Could Reach New Levels with AI Technology from Microsoft

Microsoft recently introduced a new workplace safety demo that uses technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance workplace safety. The safety solution uses existing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, along with AI, to create a tool that can be used in […]

Eric T. Chaffin

New York Paperboard Mill Cited for Work Safety Violations

Carthage Specialty Paperboard Inc. was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for serious safety hazards at their New York paperboard mill. OSHA opened up an investigation into the company after receiving a complaint alleging unsafe working […]

Bryan Pope

The Most Important Tool Construction Workers Need to Stay Safe on the Job

When it comes to construction site safety, there’s one tool above all others that can prevent injury and potentially save lives. It’s not a hardhat, a reflective vest or a pair of steel toe work boots (although the benefit of […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Oil & Gas Industry Found to Have High Rates of Severe Injuries

According to recent data released by the Energy & Environment News (E&E News), the oil and gas industry has “one of the highest rates of severe injuries in the country,” and by some measures, the highest. The Occupational Safety and […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Wisconsin Steel Pipe Company Cited for 13 Health & Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently proposed fines totaling $110,458 on a Wisconsin steel pipe manufacturer for alleged safety and health violations. OSHA investigators found evidence that employees were exposed to excessive levels of hexavalent chromium, which is […]

Scott R. Marshall

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: The Dangers of Getting Treated “One Injury at a Time.”

There is often a fundamental misunderstanding among many medical providers who treat workers’ compensation patients who are injured on the job in the State of Florida, and it is wreaking havoc on workers’ compensation claims. Many times, when a physician […]