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Workers Compensation

Fatal Crash Possibly Caused by Distracted Driving

A Wisconsin deputy was killed in a motor vehicle accident last July on an interstate highway when his car crashed into the back of a truck. Newly revealed details about the crash show that distracted driving may have been involved in the crash. Eyewitness reports indicate that the truck had slowed a great deal due …

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Company Fined $453,000 Following Worker’s Death

A glass factory in Indiana was fined $453,000 by the state’s workplace safety agency for violations related to an employee’s death almost two years ago, according to the Associated Press. A worker was killed in 2010 when he was crushed by machinery. Inspectors found 29 violations which had not been fixed at the plant. The …

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Worker Injured in Accident at Construction Site

A 53-year-old construction worker who was operating heavy equipment Saturday morning at the University of Washington was critically injured when a concrete slab fell and nearly crushed him to death, according to the Seattle Post Intelligencer. The construction crew was there for a building demolishing project when a piece of concrete fell onto the cab …

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Report Blames Safety Equipment for Worker’s Death

Investigators have determined that a worker who was killed in a northern Idaho mine last year had an inadequate safety harness, according to the Associated Press. The 26-year-old worker was found underneath rubble after he attempted to dislodge a rock bin that had jammed in November. He was on top of a pile of rocks …

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Washington Company Fined for Injury to Worker

The Boeing Company received a $3,600 fine from Washington’s Labor & Industries department after a worker lost his legs during a workplace accident, according to KOMO News. The worker reportedly became trapped under the tires of a 787 jetliner that was being towed in February. According to the department, the person supervising the team towing …

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‘Black Lung’ Rates Double as Industry Oversight Fails

A lengthy report released Monday following an investigation by National Public Radio and the Center for Public Integrity has placed a spotlight on the decades-long fight between the coal industry and miners and revealed troubling new information about a drastically increasing number of miners with lung disease. The condition known as “black lung” has doubled …

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Forklift Driver Injured in Rollover Crash

A construction worker was injured in an accident at Washington State University, according to a news release from the school. The man was driving an extended forklift when the vehicle rolled over. He had been working on a project for a new residence hall that is expected to house 300 students. It was unclear what …

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