Risk & Insurance - A worker drove her car to work and parked in her employers parking lot. She shut off her cars engine and removed her seat belt, but remained in the car, listening to the radio and drinking coffee. A coworker entered the parking lot and struck her car. The worker claimed that she suffered injuries to her head, neck, shoulder, back, knees, and toes. She briefly lost consciousness and was treated in a hospital. She sued the coworker. The New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division held that the workers suit was barred by the exclusive remedy provision of workers compensation.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
CNN US - One firefighter was injured during the night while battling wildfires that are causing evacuations in Northern California, a fire official said Monday. Two fires were burning, affecting about 5,000 acres, according to Julie Hutchinson of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. She said the fires started about the same time Sunday. Hutchinson didnt have an update on the medical status of the firefighter injured. Three subdivisions are under mandatory evacuation orders, including 480 homes in Long Valley and Spring Valley in Lake County.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
KansasCity.com - Slick roads during a thunderstorm played a role Wednesday night when a Kansas City Area Transportation Authority bus with 12 passengers flipped upside down and slid down an embankment in Platte County. The accident sent 14 people to hospitals but only two were thought to have serious, though non-life-threatening, injuries. Kansas City Police Sgt. Bill Mahoney said the people on the bus were very fortunate, considering the extent of the damage. There was a lot of broken glass, cuts and reports of a broken arm and a broken leg, among other injuries.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Risk & Insurance - A social worker for a school was walking through the main office when she fell as she entered the copy room. At the threshold of the room, the smooth tile surface met a carpeted area. A metal threshold that was slightly raised connected the tile surface to the carpet. A coworker said the tile floor was a little cracked right before the threshold, but there was no gap between the threshold and the floor.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Risk & Insurance - Have you seen the new advertisement on television for a hotel chain that shows a happy business traveler literally getting a leg up on the competition by swinging his leg onto a competitors shoulder? The advertisement takes the simplistic view that road warriors are happier and more productive when using smart apps for booking and staying at that hotel chain. However, research and industry literature paint a not-so-rosy picture of business travel, mainly due to travel-induced health problems that could eventually lead to workers compensation claims.
Friday, August 03, 2012
Insurance Journal - A Virginia appeals court recently ruled that a waiter who was injured at work while attempting to swallow “a piece of quesadilla that was too big for his esophagus” can not collect workers comp benefits. Court of Appeals of Virginia in Richmond ruled on July 17 that the injury esophageal perforation and collapsed lung occurred in the course of the waiters employment but not as a result of an actual risk of employment, affirming an earlier finding by the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
The Point - A recycling and auto body repair business was destroyed by fire Sunday in western Wisconsin — and its owner said an electrical problem might have been the cause. Authorities are not sure what started the blaze that destroyed Centerville Recycling near Trempealeau. Owner Alvin “Rob” Stanislowski was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. His dog Sadie died in the blaze. Two firefighters suffered smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. One was treated at the scene, and another was sent to a hospital for observation.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
fox2now.com - Four people were injured after an oil tank explosion near the small town of Norris City, IL, east of Rend Lake. The White County Sheriffs Department said workers were wielding on a tank next to a truck when the tank exploded in a field which led to a large fire. Two people were critically burned and were flown by LifeFlight to a special burn unit in Louisville, KY. Two people were taken by ambulance to a local hospital. The fire is now out. Firefighters from multiple local departments battled the blaze. Norris City is east of the town of Benton, IL which is near I-57 and IL Rt. 14, and southeast of Mount Vernon.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
BayNews9.com - A bus fire created a traffic headache for drivers trying to head east on Interstate-4 on Sunday morning through the afternoon. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the bus with no passengers aboard caught fire around 11:30 a.m near the Auburndale / Polk Parkways eastern-most exit. The eastbound lanes were shut down for several hours as crews put out the fire and worked to get the bus off the interstate. The roadway was reopened later Sunday afternoon.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Business Insurance - Workers compensation is the exclusive remedy for the widow of an auto dealership employee killed on the job while working as a “borrowed employee” at an affiliated business, according to an Illinois appellate court. Milovan Prodanic was a maintenance worker and driver for Grossinger Chevrolet in Palatine, Ill., court records show. In 2008, Mr. Prodanic was sent by Grossinger to repair an overhead garage door at Grossinger City Autocorp Inc. in Chicago, a Toyota dealership with the same owners as Mr. Prodanics employer.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012