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Business Insurance - Web News - Exclusive remedy rules prevent a contract employee whose arm was amputated in an on-the-job accident from suing the city he was working for at the time, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled. Elbert Johnson worked for Fort Worth, Texas-based Magnum Staffing Services Inc., which provided staff to the city of Bellaire, Texas. Mr. Johnson lost his arm in 2008 when he was riding on the back of a garbage truck for Bellaire, and a sudden turn caused his arm to become trapped in the mechanism, according to court records. Mr. Johnson, who received benefits through Magnum's workers compensation policy, sued Bellaire and the city employee who was driving the garbage truck at the time of the accident. The city argued that exclusive remedy provisions barred Mr. Johnson's negligence suit, but Mr. Johnson contended that he was a borrowed employee who could not be covered by Bellaire's workers comp fund for “paid” employees.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Insurance Journal - A U.S. Postal Service employee from eastern North Carolina who was seen spinning the Big Wheel on TV’s “The Price Is Right” even though she had said she could not deliver the mail has pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office told The Fayetteville Observer that Cathy Wrench Cashwell pleaded guilty before a U.S. magistrate in Greenville. She’ll be sentenced later.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Insurance Journal - Officials in Rhode Island are creating a new position to prosecute fraud in the state’s unemployment and workers’ compensation program. The state’s Department of Labor and Training announced the new position on Monday. The prosecutor will be tasked with rooting out cases in which individuals wrongfully receive unemployment or workers’ compensation benefits.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Insurance Journal - A Wisconsin appeals court says a Milwaukee bus driver who chased down a passenger who used a racial slur and spat on him is entitled to workers’ compensation. Bus driver Isaac Bracey hurt himself soon after getting off his bus to pursue the passenger. Court documents say Bracey suffered a permanent partial disability affecting his ankle and knee. Bracey and the labor review commission sued after the bus company, Milwaukee Transport Services, refused to pay Bracey’s lost wages, medical expenses and disability payments.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
CNN - Equipped with search cameras, microphones and motion detectors, and bathed in harsh LED lights that illuminated the darkness, rescue workers combed through piles of bricks and rubble early Thursday, listening for the faint tap-tap-tapping of life buried in the ruins of a collapsed building. A day earlier, the side of a building under demolition had given way and toppled onto a Salvation Army thrift store next door.
Thursday, June 06, 2013 - Westbound lanes of the Bay Bridge have reopened after emergency response crews performed a high angle rescue on Tuesday morning. A 51-year-old contractor was hit by a five gallon bucket of paint in the head and neck while working on a catwalk under a span of the bridge, according to an MDTA spokesperson. Rescue crews stabilized his neck before lifting him up.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
CBS New York - Authorities said seven people were injured Tuesday in an explosion on the Nyack College campus that blew out windows and sent debris sailing. The explosion happened just before noon at a building known as the Sky Island Lodge on South Highland Avenue. The two-story Tudor-style building was extensively damaged in the blast, WCBS 880′s Sean Adams reported. Sky Island Lodge is both a classroom and administrative building for the college.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Reuters - Three storm chasers were among 13 people killed by tornadoes that rampaged through central Oklahoma on Friday, underscoring the high risk of tracking tornadoes and forcing the media to rethink how they cover deadly twisters. Tim Samaras, 55, a leading storm chaser and founder of the tornado research company, Twistex, was killed in the Oklahoma City suburb of El Reno along with his son, Paul Samaras, 24, and Carl Young, 45, a Twistex meteorologist, according to a statement from Tim Samaras’ brother, Jim Samaras.
Monday, June 03, 2013 - The city of Houston is still shocked one day after a massive motel fire killed four firefighters, making it the deadliest day in the history of the Houston Fire Department. Flags remain at half-staff at the Houston Fire Department and across our area as the city mourns Friday’s tragic losses. The fire started just after noon inside a restaurant at the Southwest Inn motel on the Southwest Freeway near Hillcroft.
Monday, June 03, 2013 - Another tragic day on the tracks, less than two weeks after a Metro-North train derailed and crashed injuring 70 people. A 27 year veteran of the railroad was and killed by a train in West Haven while working on the tracks. "As long as I have known him he has worked for them, I can’t believe that happened. Oh my God," said a woman. As word spread of the train accident, family gathered at Bob Luden’s home. He was struck and killed while doing work on the tracks at the new West Haven station. Luden worked for Metro-North for more than 27 years. Witnesses say they heard the whistle announcing the New Haven train on its way to Grand Central Station.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
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