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 worker’s 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 waiter’s 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 - Four people were injured after an oil tank explosion near the small town of Norris City, IL, east of Rend Lake. The White County Sheriff’s 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 - 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 Parkway’s 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. Prodanic’s employer.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - A Chinese truck driver narrowly avoided death after he was left hanging upside down from the edge of a bridge after his lorry flipped over. Dong Yinan, was travelling through Xuanma town in China’s Gansu province when his truck flipped over as it crashed through a bridge barricade. His leg became trapped between the bridge and the lorry, as he held onto ropes while rescue services arrived. After a three hour operation, he was safely pulled back to safe ground and is now recovering in hospital.
Monday, July 23, 2012 - A northeast Ohio woman whose scalp was ripped away in a workplace machine accident has been released from a hospital and says she’s counting her blessings. The incident occurred nearly three weeks ago as Monica Thayer was clearing out a machine at a manufacturing plant in Barberton, outside of Akron. The 25-year-old Norton woman tells WEWS-TV she felt a tug on her ponytail and screamed for help from a co-worker, who stopped the machine.
Monday, July 23, 2012 - A raging six-alarm blaze on a sweltering night left 28 firefighters injured Wednesday after driving residents from their burned-out apartments near Yankee Stadium. The rooftop fire at 975 Walton Ave. shot flames into the night sky for nearly four hours before more than 200 firefighters tamed the blaze around 4 a.m. Three residents of the Bronx building were also injured as the FDNY battled both the blaze and the sticky weather. About 40 residents sat in a park across the street later Wednesday, waiting for word on their homes.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 - A Queens construction worker survived a five-story plunge down a shaft at a Fordham University building near Lincoln Center on Monday, but fractured his spine, leg and a few ribs in the fall. Anastassios (Tommy) Intzeyiannis, 41, was in critical condition after tumbling from the the new law school structure on W. 62nd about 11 a.m., cops said. He had surgery to control internal bleeding and has since stabilized, his family said.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Insurance Journal - Every year, errors and omissions (E&O) claims arising out of the placement of workers’ compensation account for approximately 10 percent of all claims. Many of those workers’ comp claims are well in excess of $100,000. Details of those claims show that there are several areas where “errors” can occur.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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